The memorial evening, dedicated to the director and actor Simon Mnagian, organized by the Hamazkayin Kaspar Ipegian Theater Board, took place on Friday, October 27, 2018, at 8:00 pm, at the Hamazkayin Simon Vratsian Chapter’s Hall. Simone Mnagian's wife, Sosse Mnagian had arrived from Marseille to take part in the event.
Araz Gojayan welcomed the guests in the name of the Hamazkayin Kaspar Ipegian Theater Board. He said that the Lebanese Armenian art lovers remember quite well the Armenian vivacious theater life of the 1960s and 1970s, to which Simon Mnagian had made great contribution. The speaker also added that Mnagian had successfully destroyed the imaginary wall between the audience and the performance, turning into a bridge between the two. Director Mnagian was open for discussions and self-criticism, and was one of those who made an attempt to politicize the Lebanese Armenian theatrical life, for which he was considered as cultural figure. Gojayan said that Simon Mnagian continued his theatrical activities in France organizing there readings, presentations and performances, but unfortunately, the harsh conditions of France were not beneficial and didn’t provide him with support.