Hanane Hajj Ali, a woman in her fifties, waring black in front of a black background. Her face and hands are visable, eyes are closed.
photo by Marwan Tahtah

By Hanane Hajj Ali (Lebanon)
“Who is Medea today in a torn city like Beirut?”


Hanane Hajj Ali is many women. She is a Lebanese actor and playwright. A feminist and a political activist. A mother and a wife. In her award-winning play Jogging, a humorous, revealing and finally dark performance, she inhabits four women: herself; the Medea of Euripides’s ancient Greek tragedy; and two contemporary Lebanese women, one who kills her children and herself, and another who sacrifices her children to the wars of the Middle East. The question that Hanane asks herself is: “Who is Medea today in a torn city like Beirut”?

As a now fifty-something year old woman, Hanane exercises daily to avoid osteoporosis, obesity, and depression. The effects of her daily routine are contradictory. As a matter of fact, two hormones are stimulated in her body: Dopamine and Adrenaline. Two hormones that are alternatively destructive and constructive, amidst a city of Beirut that destroys to build and builds to destroy.

Alone on stage, jogging, Hanane – woman, wife and mother – lifts the veil on her identity. While becoming an ‘unveiled’ performer, her multiple personas progressively parade to fit together like Russian dolls, with the exploration of Medea’s motivations as a central theme.

STET’s production team is delighted to invite Hanane and her inspirational performance back after the success of 2022. This time in cooperation for a good cause: Action for Hope. 

This performance is a fundraising event in collaboration with Action for Hope to help Gaza’s war refugees in Beirut.

Date and Venue

Saturday 21 September | 20:15
Theater aan het Spui I Zaal 2

Running time

This performance is 80 minutes without a break.


  • The event is wheelchair accessible.
  • This performance is in Arabic spoken language, with English surtitles.
  • For more information about the accessibility of our shows, click here.
  • More questions about the accessibility of this event? Please send an email to production@theenglishtheatre.nl.

Thanks to:






Municipality of The Hague


Action for Hope


Het Nationale Theater

All pictures on this page were taken by Marwan Tahtah.