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Two Volumes on Playwrights Unveiled at City Theater

Two Volumes on Playwrights Unveiled at City TheaterTwo Volumes on Playwrights Unveiled at City Theater

A two-volume book, titled ‘Iranian Contemporary Playwrights’ was unveiled during a ceremony on Monday (April 25) at Tehran City Theater.

Written by professor of theater studies Maryam Movahedian, the book is an overview of the scripts published between 1971 and 1987 in the form of books, bulletins and journals, Honaronline reported.

The ceremony was attended by Ali Moradkhani, deputy minister of art affairs at the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, Mehdi Shafei, head of Dramatic Arts Center of Iran, Saeid Asadi, director of the previous Fajr International Theater Festival, Farhad Nazerzadeh Kermani, contemporary veteran poet, author and literary researcher, and a group of men of letters.

The playwrights are alphabetically mentioned in the book, said Movahedian. “I have cast an unbiased look on the published works and collected and introduced works of unknown authors too.”

Supported by the Dramatic Arts Center, the book took six years to complete, she said, and hoped that writing and research in this area would become “more convenient in the future.”

Reemphasizing the value of research, Moradkhani noted that “research and providing suitable grounds for reading should be considered important by developing countries.”

He hoped the theater industry would make further progress. “Such research activities are a sort of encyclopedia and reference work or compendium in which people can find the required information that they seek.”

He said he would pay more attention to basic issues and research on theater, which no doubt will encourage prospective theater artists.

Nazerzadeh Kermani also emphasized the need for research. “With every study that is carried out, I remember a quotation by Mohammad Moin (1914-1971), prominent Iranian scholar of Persian literature and Iranian Studies, who said after finishing a work: “This is not what I wished it to be, yet it’s what I was able to do.”

He said teaching, research and creation are three sides of the theater pyramid. “The three sides of the pyramid should grow together,” he noted, citing the theater culture developed in ancient Athens in 600 BC; the forms, techniques, and even terms from ancient Greek theater have lasted for millennia and still exist.