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Tarabnameh - Part 1: A play By Iranian Director Bahram Beyzaie

Written and directed by Bahram Beyzaie

A hadji sets out to sell his servant and buy in his place a young slave girl. On the way, they see a poet about to be beheaded; a young lover in search of a purloined beloved; and troubadours, their profession banned, desperate to bring joy and laughter to any face. In short, the world they see is all topsy-turvy.

Tarabnameh has its genealogy in the tradition of Takhte-Hozi plays-a tradition of popular plays, combing comedy and music, dance and poetry. Centuries of despotism have rendered this form bereft of content. In Tarabnameh, a play with a cast of thirty-seven actors, this ancient comic genre keeps its joyous ambiance but takes on new form and meaning, underscoring the possibilities of once forgotten traditions becoming rich, robust, and lively modern forms of theater.


Mojdeh Shamsaie/ Hamid Ehya/ Sepideh Khosrowjah/ Behzad Gholemohammadi/ Narges Attaran/ Hooman Hafezi/ Rayyaneh Karami/ Shima Khaki/ Hossein Mirzamohammadi/ Payam Moghadam/ Kia Mousavi/ Maryam Mozafari/ Matin Nasiriha/ Leila Soltani/ Ali Zandiye/ Dina Zarif/ Reza Akhavian/ Okhtay Azarmanesh/ Reza Baghaie/ Emad Bonakdar/ Mehran Ebrahim/i Azadeh Farpour/ Mahyar Ghobad/i Shahin Gorgani/ Mehdi Hafezi/ Aboozar Hajipour/ Mohammad Hassanzadeh/ Andisheh Jahanbin/ Shawheen Keyani/ Narges Khaloghli/ Ramin Malakooti/ Behrad Mansouri/ Mahgol Sarrafzadeh/ Nima Sepehr/ Navid Shahdi & Afshin Hashemi

*Play is in Persian
*This is part 1 of the play. Part 2 will be performed in the summer. This performance is 3 1/2 hours long with a 30 minute intermission.

Sponsored by the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program of Iranian Studies
Part of the Stanford Festival of Iranian Arts


  • March 26 and 27, 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • April 2nd and 3rd, 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

(Concessions will be available for purchase during the 30 minute intermission)


  • General Admission: Rows A-G: $60, Rows H-S: $30
  • Stanford Affiliate: Rows A-G: $40, Rows H-S: $20

Call: 650-725-2787 or online at Tickets
*Tickets will not be available at the door. They must be purchased ahead of time.*

LOCATION: De Anza Visual and Performing Arts Center
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