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Old Men Enjoy Their Last Day in Vali’s Play

Jafar Vali
Jafar Vali

Veteran actor, writer and theater director Jafar Vali, 83, is staging a play about the last day of two old men.

‘Whisper in My Sound Ear’  was scheduled for November and December, but  the two-character play is still in rehearsal stage, ISNA quoted Vali as saying, noting that Tehran’s high air pollution in the past week took a toll on the actor’s health.

“We’re rehearsing the play at present and will stage it on the two final days of the 35th Fajr International Theater Festival 2017,” that is held in late January. “After the festival, we will stage the play at City Theater of Tehran,” Vali said.

“The play has two characters. They are two old migrant men who decide to commit suicide. But first, they want to enjoy the last day of their lives to the fullest.”

Role of the suicidal old men is played by actors Hormoz Hedayat and Iraj Rad, both 71.

But before the play is brought on stage, Vali will travel abroad for medical treatment.

 Vali’s Works

Jafar Vali has played in numerous films including ‘The Cow’ directed in 1969 by Dariush Mehrjui, ‘Tight Spot’ by Amir Naderi (1974), ‘Spring in Fall’ by Mehdi Fakhimzadeh (1988) and in the TV series ‘Hezardastan’ (one with a thousand hands) by Ali Hatami.

In recent years, Vali has performed in two plays directed by Nasser Husseinimehr, an author, theoretician, translator and professor of Tehran University who is planning to stage a free adaptation of Sadeq Hedayat’s ‘Blind Owl’ at Chaharsou Hall on March 27, 2017.

One of the plays was an adaptation of Ward No. 6, a short story written in 1892 by Anton Chekhov; the other was ‘Woyzeck; an unfinished story that was based on a play written by German dramatist, poet and prose writer Georg Buchner (1813-1837) whose work was left incomplete following his death. The story has been posthumously ‘completed’ by a group of authors, editors and translators.


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