He is one of the pioneers in drawing the features of critical Syrian theater; Duraid Laham the Syrian actor and thinker took a part in co-writing the play of Rain Maker in year 2011.
It has its first opening right before the crisis that turned into a war. Laham, influenced by a special character from his childhood, co-writes the play about this small Syrian village that has one of her sons with limited mind capabilities; "retarded" as they lightly refer to him. This "special" man is called Caesar. Caesar in reality, back from Laham's childhood memories, has always planted candy where other kids dig after and eat, but he have never given up on his dream in planting the candy trees.
This innocent pure relationship with the ground is what inspired the story where draught hits the village; everyone searching for rain in his/her own way, people of the village go for the witchcraft and mystical ways, but not Caesar; he digs up in ground convinced that rain will not come down from sky but up from right down his feet; which eventually turns to be very true reaching the groundwater and rescue his village.
Duraid wanted for Arabs in general, and Syrians in particular, to always find answers for their problems on their own; never rely on imported solutions; strangely enough this was before any of what is happening now in Syria. This is not a precedent for art to anticipate reality: many art forms in Syria have already anticipated a lot of what's going on right now specially in drama and theater.
I personally was very touched with a line from a Syrian drama work in 2006 called The Waiting speaks about the ongoing suffer of the Syrian society where it says: "I am waiting, what I'm waiting for; I'm waiting to live, I'm waiting to die". Unfortunately waiting turned into exploding and led to destruction and death. But all this couldn't move Laham from his position; still hanging on in his home in Damascus he is constantly sending his message; and we join him to say: "Let it be rain in Syria".