On Friday, May 11, 2018, Hamazkayin’s Kasbar Ipegian Theatrical Troupe presented the performance Condoleezza, My Love written by Ara Artsruni and staged by Hagop Der-Ghoukassian. At the end, Ara Artsruni was awarded for this play.
The play is about a town governor, Cesar, who wants to remain in power and even to extend his power. Hence, he starts to use some levers to reach his goals. He seems to have thirst for power, so he makes every effort and uses every method to stick to his position and not to lose his chair. As opposed to him, Anibal wanted to overthrow Cesar’s regime antagonizing him. According to Anibal, honor and conscience will overcome injustice. Anibal is one of the representatives of the people who have a vision, a dream, a goal, for which they are ready to sacrifice everything they have. However, soon everything changes in Anibal. He has to play his games to reach power. His pure love and dreams turn into ambitiousness and pretentiousness, and eventually, he pays the price of it with his life and dies.
The following actors played the roles; Cesar - Zhan Bekerejian, Ghukas - Zaven Baaklini, Anibal - Khachik-Hrag Demirjian, Eva -Arpi Soghomonian, Didi - Njdeh Mkrtichian, Edie- Hrayr Galemkerian, Cheap Man - Etienne Seukunian, three guards- Hovsep Kaplanian, Manuel Tokmakjian, Garo Panoghlian, narrator - Dsovig Torikian, an unknown harsh voice - Garo Kyriako.
At the end of the performance, Garo Hovhannessian presented Ara Artsruni’s biography. He said that Ara Artsruni was born in 1932. His parents were from Van. Artsruni studied at the Nshan Palanjian Djemaran of Hamazkayin. He worked for Pakin Magazine, Diaspora Weekly, Kamar Magazine, and Ardsiv Monthly. In 1969-1972, Ara Artsruni was the responsible person for the cultural page of Aztag Daily. In 2012, he became a member of the Union of Writers of Armenia. Artsruni is a member of Melitinetsi Literary Awards Jury.