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Aiish to stage "Rhinoceros" at City Theater Complex

TEHRAN, Sept. 20 (Mehr News Agency) -- Prominent stage director Farhad Aiish is to stage Ionesco's play "Rhinoceros" at the Tehran's City Theater Complex in November.

Aiish, who will also be playing in the drama with his actress wife Maedeh Tahmasebi, told the Persian service of ISNA that he is selecting the cast and that the prominent actor Mehdi Hashemi will probably be cooperating in this project.

He also noted that they would begin rehearsing next week, adding that he has negotiated with composer Saeid Zehni and stage designer Mohsen Shah-Ebrahimi to collaborate in the project.

Aiish, who is currently revising the text of the play continued, "The play belongs to the 1950's with its special prolonged style of dialogue, while today a play requires a simple plot and a shorter story. Therefore, I made some minor revisions to the original text."

"Rhinoceros" (French original title Rhinocéros) is a play by Eugene Ionesco, written in 1959. The play belongs to the school of drama known as the "Theatre of the Absurd". Over the course of three acts, the inhabitants of a small, provincial French town turn into rhinoceroses; ultimately the only human who does not succumb to this mass metamorphosis is the central character, Bérenger.

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