Art And Culture

Unique WWII Story in Play

Unique WWII Story in PlayUnique WWII Story in Play

Suspension in Depths of Atlantic, a play related to the Second World War (1939-1945), will go stage at Tehran’s Nasser-Khosro theater hall on July 26.

The play is written and directed by Sadeq Vafaee. It goes back to WW II, “Vafaee’s favorite period, and tells the story of a German submarine,” Honaronline reported.

Most of the works on this critical time in world history are written from the Allies’ point of view. But Vafaee found what he was looking for when he came across a book by German novelist Erich Maria Remarque (1898-1970).

The book, ‘A Time to Love and a Time to Die’, gives an account of what happened in a U-boat, a submarine that Germany used to invade British waters and sink supply vessels. “The story fitted with the plot I had in mind. I was absorbed by the idea of a crew at depth miles under the sea and it was a challenging script.”

After a successful mission, the captain of the U-boat hears that the war has ended with Germany surrendering unconditionally. But for a few days, the captain keeps the news secret from his crew, and when they finally find out what is happening in the outside world, the officers and crew discuss their opinions about what they should do next. “The captain however is not ready to accept defeat,” said Vafaee.

The play starts at 8 pm and Vafaee is in the cast. Other actors are Alireza Seyyed, Amir Joshaqani, Rasoul Hassanpour, Mohsen Khorshidi, Jalal Mohebi and Farshad Hassanpour. “They act realistically but in an abstract setting,” he said.

The play will run through August 11.