Ziad Rahbani is a Lebanese composer and a writer (for radio shows and theater). The son of the famous Lebanese singer Fairouz and composer Assi Rahbani, he succeeded in conveying the cosmopolitan and pluralistic culture of his native city Beirut. He composed many songs for Fairouz and other singers. Many of his musicals satirized the political situation in Lebanon during and after the civil war; others addressed more philosophical as well as political questions. He played the main role in all his plays.