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Flying Shams at Iwan-Attar Outdoor Venue in Sa’dabad

Flying Shams at Iwan-Attar Outdoor Venue in Sa’dabadFlying Shams at Iwan-Attar Outdoor Venue in Sa’dabad

Flying Shams, Pari Saberi's old play that has appeared several times at various venues in Iran, France, Italy and Turkey, will now be staged at Tehran's Sa'dabad complex.

The show at Iwan-Attar, the oldest open-air theater hall in Iran, will start at 8 pm daily from August 4 and run through September 9.

Flying Shams is about Persian poet and Sufi mystic Rumi (1207-1273) and his spiritual instructor Shams Tabrizi (1185-1248) when they met for the first time.

The play has always been received well by the public, and therefore, Saberi, 83, winner of UNESCO's 2003 Avicenna Award, decided to bring it on stage once more.

"Each time I met my friends and acquaintances who had seen the play, they inquired about its next performance," she told Honaronline.

Now is a good time to stage it again, she said, and hoped for another warm reception for the show at Sa'dabad.

"The play is adapted for an outdoor stage. I think such performances are genuine ways to enjoy the unique places we have at our disposal. We can in fact perform outdoors six months every year," Saberi said.

Iwan-Attar, the outdoor stage planned for the play, is situated at a charming spot in Sa'dabad complex. The stage is named after Persian poet, theoretician of Sufism and hagiographer Attar of Nishabur (1145-1221). And Saberi had a major role in the naming.

Some 20 years ago at the same stage she had a show titled 'Seven Cities of Love' based on Attar's verses in his long, celebrated Sufi poem 'The Conference of the Birds.' Saberi's play was so successful that the theater hall has been known as Iwan-Attar ever since.