Art And Culture

Mashhad Hosting ‘Darkness’

Mashhad Hosting ‘Darkness’Mashhad Hosting ‘Darkness’

A play titled ‘Darkness’ directed by Abdollah Barjasteh is underway in Mashhad City Theater’s main hall.

Written by ‘Carbon’ group playwrights Ali Hataminejad and Ra’ouf Dashti, “The play is a fantasy time travel to the Nader Shah era,” Honaronline reports.

Nader Shah of Afshar (1688-1747) ruled as the king of Persia (1736–47) and was one of the most powerful rulers in contemporary Iranian history. Because of his military acumen as evidenced in numerous martial encounters throughout the Naderian Wars, such as the battles of Herat, Mihmandust, Murche-Khort, Kirkuk, Yeghevard, Kheibar pass, Karnal and Kars, some historians have described him as the Napoleon of Persia or the Second Alexander.

“Nader Shah had a dramatic life,” said the director adding that however, the play is mostly focused on his psychological state of mind and character, disregarding his achievements in the battles.

“Nader Shah blinded his son due to his distrust in him. This is worth investigation and we have attempted to do so in the play.”

‘Darkness’ was earlier staged at the 34th edition of Fajr International Theater Festival (Jan 21-Feb 1), and was well received.

Mohammadreza Solati, Alireza Ravandel, Masoud Aqli, Neda Mohammadi, Mohammad Jahanpa and Amirhossein Rezazadeh are the cast of the play which will run through May 6, at the hall at Imam Reza (AS) Art and Culture Center, Mellat Park, Mashhad, Khorasan Razavi Province.