Scouting for Actors

Producers Itab Azzam and Hal Scardino, and dramaturg Mohammad Al Attar visit Shatila refugee camp on the outskirts of Beirut. We meet over 40 Syrian women who are interested in taking part in the workshops. An old friend from Damascus, Raghad Mardini, was our way in. Her daughter, Farah, is a teacher in the camp and connected us with Basmeh & Zeitooneh, an organization that works in relief and development for Syrians and Palestinians in the camp. 40 women came and expressed an interest in taking part. An additional nine women, who couldn't come to the meeting, said they wanted to be involved. So we're over-subscribed on the first day! I don't think everything else will be quite so easy.