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Iranian plays line up for International Theater Landscapes Festival in Germany

TEHRAN, Aug. 31 (Mehr News Agency) -- Five Iranian plays are scheduled to be performed during the International Theater Landscapes festival in Ruhr, which opens on September 1st.
"Mr. Leila", "Terminal", "Cadence", "Pinocchio", and "Hassan and the Demon of the Narrow Road Behind the Mountains" will be staged during the festival held annually by the Theater an der Ruhr.

Written by Mehrdad Kuroshnia, "Mr. Leila" is about a family losing their home in southwestern Iran during the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq.

Kuroshnia is also director of the play that will be performed by Mohammad Bazrafkan, Puria Rahimi, Reza Rabatjezi, and Fatemeh Asgari.

"Terminal" is based on three separate short stories written by Mehrak Qazvini. The dialogues of the characters in the stories have been adapted by Siamak Ehasaii for the play, in which three women tell their life stories.

Fatemeh Motamed-Arya, Shabnam Moqaddami, and Pantea Panahiha will act in the play.


Fatemeh Motamed-Arya (front) and Shabnam Moqaddami (rear) act in a rehearsal for "Terminal" at the Entezami Hall of the Iranian Artists Forum on December 30, 2007. The play was first staged during the 26th Fajr International Theater Festival in Tehran in February 2008. (Mehr/Ra'uf Mohseni)


"Cadence" is a play about the after-death adventures of three people who caused each other's deaths.


Nima Dehqan will direct the play to be acted by Leili Rashidi, Farzin Sabuni, Sina Razani, and Alireza Mohammadi.


"Pinocchio" has been dramatized based on Carlo Collodi's book "Pinocchio" in a collaborative effort by director Asghar Dashti and Nasim Ahmadpur.


Khosro Mahmudi, Hedayat Hashemi, Naz Shadman, Abbas Habibi, and Ramin Sayyar-Dashti are the cast members.


"Hassan and the Demon of the Narrow Road Behind the Mountains" is a fairy tale written by Afshin Hashemi, who is also the director of the play.


The play tells the story of Hassan, who intends to fight the demon that kidnapped the Angel of Dreams in order to free the angel.


Hashemi, Alireza Nasehi, Meisam Yusefi, Setareh Aminian, and Hedayat Hashemi will act in the play.


The troupes have been invited by the Theater an der Ruhr, whose founder, Roberto Ciulli, is a regular participant in the Fajr International Theater Festival, Iran's most prestigious theater gala.


Offering dance, theater, the performing arts, jazz, electronic music, film, and literature, the International Theater Landscapes festival will run through September 8.

... Payvand News - 08/31/08 ... --

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