Last December, I went to Kuwait to look into the possibility of filming. While I was there, my cousin Esam organized a workshop with some of his acting troupe. We put up two scenes from the film, which was tremendous fun and good practice. Ali Kakooli [picture above] played the soldier in the climactic scene. He learned his lines on the spot, and contributed a few more through improv — with English as a second language! I was impressed.
In the end, we decided to shoot principle in California, but I'll be going back to Kuwait to shoot some b-roll and plates for visual effects. I'm hoping Esam has a play in production at that time, so we can see the troupe in action.