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Soul-Searching in Aristotle’s Play

Soul-Searching in Aristotle’s PlaySoul-Searching in Aristotle’s Play

A play, titled ‘Categories’, directed by Amir Gil, is currently on stage in Entezami Theater Hall at the Iranian Artists’ Forum, Tehran.

A work by the Greek philosopher Aristotle (384-322 BC), ‘Categories’ is a part of the ‘Organon’, a standard collection of Aristotle’s six works on logic.

The work places every object of human apprehension under one of ten categories, the director said. It introduces Aristotle’s 10-fold classification of that which exists: substance, quantity, quality, relation, place, time, situation, condition, action, and passion.

Accordingly, the adapted play “is an absurd description of four people lost in nowhere,” said Aydin Aghdashlou, renowned graphic artist and designer of the play’s poster. “The play is an avant-garde work, replete with verbal, auditory and physical motions.”

Gil said: “Few people are acquainted with Aristotle’s thoughts, which discusses the logic behind existence of objects. The play will provide a simple introduction to the concepts presented by the philosopher.”

The nature of human beings is scrutinized and the common definitions of humanity are challenged in the play, giving the audience a new dimension of their inner selves, he said.

“All people have an unidentified self deep in their souls. That is what the play is trying to explore, and make the audience look within themselves.”

Special setting and lighting is used for the stage to portray the theme, Gil added.

Navid Hedayatpour, Mehrdad Mostafavi, Ghazal Naeimi, and Mohsen Rastegar are the cast.

The play will run through May 19 at the venue, located on the South side of Honar Garden, North Mousavi St., Taleqani Ave.