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"Assholism" goes on stage in Tehran to awaken people's conscience on social issues

Source: Tehran Times

TEHRAN - Director Ali Hosseini has said that he intends to awaken the conscience of people in Tehran on some social issues by staging a play based on Xavier Crement's "Assholism" at Tehran's 3-Noqteh Amphitheater.

Hosseini has written the play by a Persian translation of the book by Mahmud Farjami.

"We have tried to narrate social problems and offer ethical standards in humor in this play. We are not teachers of morals but we only mean offer valuable instructions, information and warnings," Hosseini said in a press release published on Wednesday.

"All the people are aware of what they are doing but act out of conscience. But if we live in our conscience, we would not face such a great number of social misbehaviors," he added.

"In the original book, a writer who is tired of assholism that he observes among his people begins to write about their behaviors and offers solutions for them.

"Likewise in this play, a writer grows weary of the events occurring around him and writes things played by the actors on stage. The play is considered a conceptual play reflecting the problems," he explained.

"Usually the audience asks us so they know if they are about to watch a comedy or a philosophical play. It is sad to realize that people prefer to watch a comedy and hardly relate to other types of plays. However, we have tried to narrate things in the language of satire to keep the audience satisfied," he concluded.

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Afshin Rahgozar, Nushafarin Keyhan, Amin Satyar, Sara Shirazi, Mehdi Darband Haqiqat, Nazanina Amiri, Mohamamd-Hossein Gharavai and Melika Mashal are the main actors in the play.

The play will be on stage until August 2 at the amphitheater located at No.10, Kabkanian St., Keshavarz Blvd.

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