No Demand No Supply was originally presented on April 8, 2016 as the closing event of the Center for Arts and Humanities – Mellon Grant conference “URBICIDE II: Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Palestine – Postwar Reconstruction” at the American University of Beirut. Then it had a second performance at Lebanese American University’s Irwin Theatre on May 26, 2017 hosted by the The Arab Institute for Women – AiW and at Al Madina Theatre on July 4, 2017. Later same year it got selected to participate in Between the Seas Festival in Athens (Sept 15, 2017). Excerpts of the play were read at Martin Segal Theatre Center in October 2017. In 2019, NDNS participated in Between the Seas Festival in its NYC edition at Theaterlab on May 19 thanks to a grant from the U.S. Embassy Beirut and the Department of State. A staged reading of the play directed by Rachel Valentine Smith was presented on July 13, 2019 Shubbak Festival in London. A series of performances took place at Zoukak Studio in Beirut between September and October of 2019.
No Demand No Supply uses material from:
a. Audio recorded interviews with two Syrian women survivors from ‘Chez Maurice’ and ‘Silver’ sex trafficking rings in 2016 on April 10, 2017, conducted by Sahar Assaf and on May 12 by Assaf and Ghada Jabbour.
b. Video recorded interviews with eight Syrian women survivors conducted by Sandy Issa, an investigative reporter at Al Taharri, during April 2016.
c. Audio recorded interviews with Sandy Issa and Ghada Jabbour (Head of the Trafficking and Exploitation Unit at Kafa Organization), conducted by Sahar Assaf.
d. Interviews with Colonel Mustafa Badran who took the decision to raid the brothels where the women were imprisoned, conducted by Sahar Assaf.
e. The indictment issued on November 28, 2016.
f. A study conducted by Kafa Organization in 2014 under the title “Exploring the Demand for Prostitution: What male buyers say about their motives, practices, and perceptions” by Ghada Jabbour.
The performance uses Alecky Blythe’s “recorded delivery technique” which involves editing real-life interviews into the desired structure. In recorded delivery performances actors on stage listen to live audio recordings through earphones and repeat exactly what they hear.
NDNS was selected as the piece of the year by L’Orient le Jour:
“If Jean Genet had spoken in “Le Balcon” (The Balcony) using modern Racinian (related to the French classical author Racine) terms about brothels, Sahar Assaf tackles the theme with astonishing simplicity and depth through a theatrical documentary at Studio Zoukak…It is an intense play, supported by the NGO Kafa, that speaks volumes about the state of disrepair and immorality in a country where nothing is under control.” https://www.lorientlejour.com/article/1200318/culture-the-19-hits-of-2019-in-lebanon.html