TEHRAN, Dec. 15 (Mehr News Agency) -- Iranian veteran stage director Behruz Gharibpur will be staging the anti-slavery themed novel Uncle Tom's Cabin by American author Harriet Beecher Stowe at the 26th International Fajr Festival.
Rehearsals are currently underway in Tehran. Simak Helmi, Shahin Alizadeh, Atash Taqipur and Minu Zahedi are amongst the cast.
"The dramatization of world-renowned novels increases the number of theatergoers and attracts people from a variety of social classes to come and enjoy the performances. Some academics maintain the idea that the theater is only for the elite, however I personally believe this to be a destructive notion," Gharibpur told the Persian service of Mehr News Agency, MNA reported Saturday.
"My recent production, which was a dramatization of Victor Hugo's novel 'Les MisÚrables', was warmly welcomed by audiences from a mixture of social backgrounds," he remarked.
He said that he had considered George Orwell's "Animal Farm" and "Uncle Tom's Cabin" for dramatization since they are world famous novels which highlight the concepts of racism and human rights' violation, occurrences which are not limited to any particular nation.
"I am fond of the art (of theater) which spreads the message of justice and hope. I enjoy mis-en-scene which comprises various characters with different personalities," he mentioned.
Gharibpur went on to say that he believes veteran artists should share their knowledge with younger colleagues in order to develop Iran's theater.
He added that the number of theater halls should be increased and the staging of plays should not be limited to certain regions or cities.
The play "Uncle Tom's Cabin" will also be performed at the Avini Auditorium of the Bahman Cultural Center in the near future.
The Avini Auditorium hosted an adaptation of Victor Hugo's "Les MisÚrables" directed by Gharibpur in 1996.
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