List of Persian/Iranian Events for 2011-03-07

    The Iranian Theater Festival

    New York Monday - March 7, 2011     12:42 PM

    Iran is one of the oldest civilizations in history. Persian theater, influenced by Arab, Assyrian and other cultures of the Middle East, has created many rich traditions of performance from ancient times through the modern day. Yet this vibrant heritage remains woefully underrepresented on American stages.

    The Brick proposes to expand the boundaries of this cultural moment, and collaborate with Iranian theater artists in the U.S. and abroad, by hosting and producing the first festival in New York devoted solely to Iranian Theater.

    The festival will include plays in Persian and English, such as Something Something Uber Alles written by Iranian exile and Helman-Hammet Grant Award-winner Assurbanipal Babilla, Two Stories That End in Suicide by Piehole (inspired by Sadegh Hedayet’s The Blind Owl), a preview excerpt from Brendan Regimbal & Samara Naeymi's Aviary, Leila Ghaznavi’s Silken Veils, newly-commissioned contemporary works from Iranian-based playwrights and participants of the Fadjr International Theatre Festival and a special celebration of the traditional Iranian New Year’s holiday, Nowruz.

    A special celebration of the late theater legend Reza Abdoh will include exclusive screenings of complete films of his original productions The Hip-Hop Waltz of Eurydice and Quotations from a Ruined City with special panel discussions by Dar a Luz company members, including Sabrina Artel, Juliana Francis-Kelly and Tony Torn.

    The Iranian Theater Festival will run March 3-26 at The Brick (575 Metropolitan Avenue between Union and Lorimer, Brooklyn). Tickets ($15 unless otherwise indicated) will go on sale February 14 and may be purchased online at or by calling Theatermania at 212-352-3101.
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