by Wajdi Mouawad translated by Linda Gaboriau directed by Blanka Zizka

February 25 – March 29, 2009

An international tour de force, Scorched has captivated and stunned audiences around the world with its epic mystery.  After the death of their mother, twins Janine and Simon receive a surprising request in her will to deliver letters to a father they thought was dead and a brother they never knew existed.  These tasks lead them on a suspenseful journey to the heart of their mother’s war-torn Middle Eastern homeland.  Unraveling the mystery, they learn about her concealed history as a political activist and prisoner of war and uncover shocking secrets about their own origins.  From highly acclaimed Lebanese-born playwright Wajdi Mouawad, Scorched arrives in the U.S. having been translated into a dozen languages in over 100 productions worldwide and is currently being adapted into a feature film release.


“The Wilma’s production of Wajdi Mouawad’s brilliant play Scorched is astonishing! A work of raw power, Scorched is delicately lyrical and unforgettable!”
— Philadelphia Weekly
“The Wilma Theater’s production of Scorched under Blanka Zizka’s superb direction is a searing play…strong performances, a fine, supple cast…excellent set design!”
— The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Suspenseful and engrossing! Ms. Zizka’s handsomely austere production…echoes the lyricism and power of Greek tragedy.”
— The New York Times