The Egyptian artist Suad Naser has decided to quit theater for good after she has performed in many of the successful comedies over the past 25 years. This is due to her refusal to accept theatrical roles offered to her because she believes these parts are below her standard.
The Saudi newspaper “Al Riyadh” cited Suad Naser as saying that the sub-standard plays have driven her to quit the theater. She added that on many occasions, she had no other choice but to deviate from the literal script of a play because of its low standards. Most of the roles offered to her in both the private and public sectors’ theaters are secondary or even tertiary roles, or just the role of the assistant to a beautiful girl who can show her beauty and hot clothes very well.
“To hell with comedy and let the exciting scenes dominate the theater because this satisfies the desires of the audience”, said the artist. She added “despite this wrong attitude, producers insist on putting my name on theaters’ posters to just complete the advertisement cycle.”
Suad said “courting and relations control the theatrical sector, the fact that has compelled many comedians to quit as was the case with Isaad Yunes and Sanaa Yunes. This situation reminds us of what happened to Nabila Al Sayyed and Zinat Sudki who stayed jobless for a long time at home until they died.”
Suad described the situation as “ a careful plan to assassinate the female comedians despite the fact that they represent a unique potential and a capable talent in the theater world”. She reiterated her willingness to play a secondary or tertiary role but “ along with a famed comedian such as Samir Ghanem, Adel Imam or Mohammed Subhi. It is impossible for me to accept the role of an assistant for a young girl on the stage because she is more beautiful than me”, she added. Suad expressed the same attitude towards the cinema and referred to the film “Thunderstorm” directed by Khaled Yousef as an example.
Suad inquired whether the film directors have finally recognized the role of comedy in pulling the cinema out of its crises or not. She expressed her astonishment at the focus on male comedians rather the females despite the latter’s experience and rarity.