The play was staged in Altdorf and Zurich last July and August as part of the Myth Exchange program, which had been organized by the groups to celebrate 500 years of Wilhelm Tell plays in the city in central Switzerland.
"Tell/Zahhak" is composed of three parts.
The Iranian troupe will perform the first part on Wilhelm Tell, a legendary Swiss patriot forced by the Austrian governor to shoot an apple off his son's head with a bow and arrow. Nasim Adabipur will direct this part.
The Swiss troupe will play the second part on Zahhak based on a story from the Shahnameh, the magnum opus of the Persian poet Ferdowsi. This part will be directed by Niklaus Helbling.
The story is about the mythical Iranian hero Kaveh the blacksmith who fights the tyranny of the evil ruler Zahhak.
The last part of the play is a joint performance by the two troupes.
Iranian members of the cast are Ramin Sayyardashti, Abbas Habibi, Mina Dorudian, Farbod Farhang and Arash Bozorgzadeh.
David Berger, Silvan Jeger, Dominique Muller, Mareike Sedl, Nicole Steiner and Silvester von Hosslin are the Swiss members of the cast.
Every Swiss knows William Tell, and everybody from Iran knows Schmied Kaveh from the Persian Book of the Kings. He is the hero of the people who rebelled against the tyranny of the ruler Zahhak. When the dragon king tried to capture Schmied's son, Kavek stood in the middle of the market square and appealed for a revolution. The signal of his rebellion is his apron, which he hung on a spear. Gessler's hat on a pole and Kaveh's apron on a spear are two symbols of oppression and liberation, which are inscribed into the consciousness of every Swiss or every Iranian citizen. These symbols are the initial point of the joint project of Zurcih's theater group Mass & Fieber and the Iranian theater group Don Quixote from Teheran.