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Soroushi’s ‘Scary’ Adaptation of Romeo & Juliet

A scene from the playA scene from the play

Tehran Independent Theater is staging “a violent, scary adaptation” of English playwright Shakespeare’s famous tragedy ‘Romeo and Juliet.’

The play is adapted by Iranian theater director and playwright Baqer Soroushi and directed by dramaturge and theater director Hasti Hosseini.

It opened early April and will run through May 20. The 75-minute play for adults starts every night at 8.30 pm, according to Tiwall, a website for introduction of cultural events and ticket sales.

Among the notable features of the play is its décor designed by director, producer, editor, writer and set designer Mostafa Koushki that has greatly contributed to the scary atmosphere of the show.

According to Koushki, thespians rehearsed the play “12 hours a day.” Leading cast members are Shahrouz Delafkar, Ramin Sayardashti, Taba Fajrak, Nazafarin Kazemi, Ali Reza Kaymanesh and Farzin Mohaddes.

The love story is narrated with “touches of violence and horror” with Romeo and Juliet portrayed in a dark world. Romeo is rendered as a delinquent and Juliet, a slave to her animus. Soroush has thus tampered with Shakespeare’s work.

Performance is dynamic and adventurous, with the actors suspended from midair. Mise-en-scenes have numerous vertical motions. The stage is dominated by physical acts and youthful violence.

The theater is located at No. 50, Zand-Vakil Alley, Razi St., east of Daneshjou Park.


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