FUJAIRAH CITY: Maas Foundation performed its well-acclaimed monologue performance – King of Nothing – during the Fujairah International Monodrama Festival 2023 at the Fujairah Cultural Center in the United Arab Emirates.
The play was well received by international audience and got thunder applauds. In this festival, 12 performances were presented by teams from 12 different countries. Maas Foundation President Aamir Nawaz – a well-known theatre director – has written and directed this mono drama while one of brilliant theatre artist of Lahore Hassan Raza performed this 65-minute intense monologue.
Play director Aamir Nawaz said that the monologue act was not explored much by theatre giants. “That’s why we decided to bring this genre on stage to give a new theatre flavor to the audience of Pakistan back in 2019,” he said. “We have always brought and introduced new concepts and genres to stage,” he said.
Maas Foundation performed ‘Book of Love’ – a first full length non-verbal theatre play in the history of Lahore. He said his organization has performed 25 theatre plays and more than 350 theatre shows. He said that the Maas Foundation has participated in number of prestigious national and international theatre festivals, including festivals at China, India, South Korea, Turkmenistan and Sri Lanka.
About ‘King of Nothing,’ Aamir Nawaz said that this was a journey of realization of a man that has come too late as he looks back at the different stages of his life and relations which he lost due to his toxic masculinity. “It is a wakeup call that it’s time for men to stop using gendered language that equates the male body with ‘strength’ and the female body with ‘weakness’,” he said.
He said that this King was a person who will share his life memories on stage with the audience. Memories of his love, cowardliness, loneliness, stupidness and selfishness, and how he lost his life (his wife) through these memories. He starts to share different incidents of his interesting married life and with passage of time he realizes that he has lost everything, that’s making him a king – a king of nothing.
His tagline is something to remember for every one and that is “I am not married anymore because I know how to speak.” This performance took audience at a level where they started to explore a ‘King of Nothing’ in themselves and that’s why they successfully attached themselves with the performance. The performance is choreographed by Gulshan Majeed while music designed by Imran Nawaz. Theme song was designed and composed by well-known music composer James Douglas from Germany.