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Play on Che to grace City Theater in fall

TEHRAN, July 17 (Mehr News Agency) -- Iranian director Kambiz Asadi plans to stage a play about the last two days of Latin American revolutionary Ernesto Che Guevara's life at Tehran's City Theater in autumn.

"Two years ago, the CIA released documents suggesting U.S. involvement in the death of Che Guevara. We will depict the last two days of his life based on the information derived from the documents," Asadi told the Mehr News Agency on Monday.

"Hamidreza Na'imi has written the play in a free form style. I think it is one of Iran's best in the past two decades," he added.

Rehearsals are slated to begin in late July, but the complete cast has not been selected yet, he said.

However, Kambiz Amini, Farzin Mohaddes, Hafez Ahani, and Majid Ahangaran will definitely be performing in the play.

"We have acquired a documentary film on Che as well as many music albums from Cuba for performing the play, and we have also carried out comprehensive research on Che's personality and his life. We show him based on our own take rather than the outlook of history. Our outlook toward Che is totally humanistic rather than political," Asadi explained.

There are plans to translate the text of the play into Spanish for publication in Cuba.

Born into a middle-class family in Rosario, Argentina, Guevara was a strong opponent of U.S. influence in the Third World. He helped guide the Castro regime on its leftward and pro-Communist path.

The author of two books on guerrilla warfare, Guevara advocated peasant-based revolutionary movements in the developing countries.

He disappeared from Cuba in 1965, reappearing the following year as an insurgent leader in Bolivia. He was captured by the Bolivian army and shot near Vallegrande on October 9, 1967.

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