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Reza Servati to Restage Two Popular Plays

Reza Servati to Restage Two Popular PlaysReza Servati to Restage Two Popular Plays

The well-known Iranian theater director Reza Servati will stage two of his popular plays again from August 10 at the newly-established Tehran Theater Campus in the southern Khavaran neighborhood.

'Macbeth' and 'Strange Creatures' directed by Servati were first staged in Tehran six years ago and since then, they have been participating in foreign festivals, Mehr News Agency reported.

"Due to the local audience's enthusiasm and the success of the plays during their foreign performances, we decided to bring them back on stage again in Tehran," Servati said.

'Macbeth', an adaptation of Shakespeare's famous tragedy, was first staged at Tehran’s City Theater in 2010. It won the Special Jury Award in the International Section of the Fajr International Theater Festival in 2011. Later it was staged in five Georgian cities. The work also won the Best Director Award and the Best Costume and Stage Awards at the 12th International University Theater Festival.

Earlier this year, it won the award of the Russia Association of Theatre Critics at the 19th International Festival of Children and Young Choirs in Saint Petersburg.

The play is a nonlinear narrative of 'Macbeth' in a nightmarish atmosphere which depicts the eternal punishment for Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in a minimalistic performance and acting style. After successful performances in Iran, 'Strange Creatures' competed in the Dancing on the Edge Festival, in Korzo, the Netherlands, in 2013. It won the Best Play Award at the 29th Fajr International Theater Festival.

A grotesquely comical play, it has a series of symbolic scenes including murder, crucifixion, Russian roulette and conquest. Using a minimum of props to maximum effect, it shows characters that gradually lose their identity. Influenced by unknown forces, they evolve or rather devolve, into strange creatures.

Servati, 32, is one of the most talented young theater makers in Iran. He holds a master's degree in directing from Tehran's Tarbiat Modares University.