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On Sunday, April 29, at 8:30 PM at the Hagop Der Melkonian Theater the monologue performance, “Krikor Zohrab on the road to Golgotha” was brought to the stage through the unique and talented writer, director, and actor Marie-Rose Abousefian.
Sponsored by the Central Committee of Lebanon for the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide and organized by the Regional Committee of Hamazkayin in Lebanon, this very impressive evening that depicted the most blood-stained pages of the Armenian history featured Marie-Rose Abousefian, who, unaccompanied by any other performers, brought to the stage 22 different characters, furnishing each of them with their identity and character.
Sarkis Giragossian delivered the opening speech of the evening and talked about the characteristic input that Marie-Rose Abousefian has on Armenian literature, theater, and culture. Then, Mr. Giragossian said Ms. Abousefian has the ability to give a special imprint to events and to turn the stage into a festival.
Afterwards, Marie-Rose Abousefian took the stage and said that usually she dedicated her work on the topic of the Armenian Genocide to her adorable grandmother, Maritsa Asdourian, and Hovhannes Ouzounian, the only surviving son of her grandmother. However, she added that it is also very important to dedicate such initiatives to the demands of the Armenians. She affirmed that all the episodes to be staged are evidence-based and derived from real-life situations.
Afterward, for more than three hours Ms. Abousefian charmed the audience and took them to 1915, highlighting through the trail of Krikor Zohrab the fate and the terrible massacre of prominent Armenians.
(Excerpts from “The Aztag Daily”)