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Lorca's "Yerma" goes on stage in Iranian theater gala

TEHRAN, Feb. 09 (Mehr News Agency) -- Federico García Lorca's "Yerma" which was staged at the 26th Fajr International Theater Festival was reviewed at the Mehr News Agency venue on Friday.

The play's director Reza Guran and members of the cast Ashkan Sadeqi and Soheila Golestani attended the session.

"The original play is a poetic drama in the Spanish language and the Persian rendering has kept to the same lyrical form. However I have tried to adapt it into a modern play suitable for contemporary audiences," Guran mentioned.

Guran went on to say that unfortunately stage directors in Iran often highlight the language of a drama to such an extent that equilibrium between the various elements of a performance is lost, he added.

He claimed that he had tried to distance the performance from its original Spanish atmosphere and for this reason had not used any Spanish musical instruments.

Guran said that the performance, which revolves round the character of a woman called "Yerma" was influential since he had depicted her as a modern woman mirroring the difficulties of Iranian women in today's society.

Ashkan Sadeqi, who had previously acted in another version of "Yerma" directed by Golrokh Milani, said he thought that the actors in the play had been impressed by the director's innovative ideas.

He also praised the atmosphere created by the white color of the stage which reflected the isolation of Yerma in this performance.

Referring to "Yerma" as a feminine drama, Soheila Golestani went on to say that many events are echoed through monologues or narrations.

"We put emphasis on performing the play in a contemporary manner. The drama is worked out in an atmosphere somewhere between reality and a dream state. We depicted what was going on in Yerma's mind," she remarked.

Being one of the tragic plays which form Lorca's famous "Rural Trilogy", "Yerma" is the story of a childless woman whose desperate desire for motherhood becomes an obsession that eventually drives her to commit a horrific crime. The play emphasizes the subservient position of women who desire freedom in a traditional society.

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