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Dowlatabadi’s Memory Refreshed by a Play

A poster of ‘Stroll With Horse’A poster of ‘Stroll With Horse’

Celebrated novelist Mahmoud Dowlatabadi, 75, gave his expert views on ‘Stroll With Horse’, a play about a guerrilla couple in 1975 in Iran, on the final days of the show.

Written and directed by script writer, film and theater director Masoud Shahmohammadi, the play is on stage at Tehran’s Arghanoun Theater since September 18, and will run through October 21.

On October 18, the theater hosted Dowlatabadi whose novels have realistically depicted various aspects of Iran in contemporary history.

“Due to its suspense, the play gripped me during its entire run, which was a pleasant experience,” ILNA quoted him as saying.

The story is about a man and a woman whose fellow guerrillas have detained them blindfolded in a house. They are convicted of treason against the nation and dishonorable behavior in expressing their affection.

“The play successfully narrates some life concerns and conveys to the audience the message that what has emerged victorious is love.”

Dowlatabadi referred to the synchronization between acts and the recorded images. “I think technology has been used properly in the play and in this static show the acts have been fluent,” as displayed by the cast Ali Askari and Parya Vaziri.

“The play refreshed my memories of that critical period in history. I remember the time only too well; still, there were some interesting details in the play, including the lifestyle in a guerrilla house or how they denounced love in their movement,” he added.

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