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Abdelwahhab Abu-Alsoud

Pioneer, Actor, Playwright, Educator, Innovator

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Date of Birth:

1897

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Nablus, Palestine

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Why Featured?

Abdelwahhab Abu-Alsoud is celebrated for his pioneering contributions to theater in Syria and Palestine, significantly influencing the cultural and artistic landscape during the early 20th century.

Brief bio

Abdelwahhab Abu-Alsoud was a Palestinian artist who played a pivotal role in the development of theater in Syria. His theatrical career blossomed under the mentorship of Lebanese star George Abyad, and he became known for his satirical plays that often commented on political and social issues.

Major Milestones

Contributions

  • Early 1900s: Studied in Sidon and Beirut, later moving to Damascus with his family.

  • 1914: Established a theatrical troupe in Damascus and presented his first play, “Martyrs of Love.”

  • World War I Era: Acted in and wrote a satirical play about Jamal Pasha, gaining significant recognition.

  • Post-World War I: Worked in the educational sector in Syria, contributing to artistic education.

  • 1951: Passed away after attending a theatrical performance of his students​​​​​​​​.

  • Theatrical Troupe Formation: Founded a troupe that introduced modern theater concepts in Damascus.

  • "Martyrs of Love": His first play that marked the beginning of his significant theatrical journey.

  • "Jamal Pasha Al-Saffah" Play: A political satire that gained notable attention during King Faisal I's reign.

  • Educational Contributions: Played a crucial role in artistic education, teaching acting and integrating arts into the curriculum.

  • Influential Plays: Created numerous classical and contemporary plays, contributing immensely to the regional theater scene

Date of Last Update: 
January 7, 2024

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