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Behrangi’s Little Black Fish Adapted for Stage

Behrangi’s Little Black Fish Adapted for StageBehrangi’s Little Black Fish Adapted for Stage

A stage adaptation of the famous tragic story of ‘The Little Black Fish,’ written by teacher, social critic, short story writer and translator Samad Behrangi (1939-1967) will go on show at Shahrzad Theater Complex in Tehran next week.

The play is written by US-based Iranian filmmaker and producer Mehrnoush Alia. It is directed by theater director Mohammad Aqebati, 42, who is a research fellow at School of Drama at Yale University.

Opening on December 15, at 5:15 pm, The Little Black Fish will run for one week at the venue located at the intersection of Neauphle-le-Chateau and Razi streets, ISNA reported.

Aqebati is rehearsing the play with thespians including Naz Shademan, Mazyar Seyyedi, Ava Darvishi, Parmis Aqdai and Maneli Qarakhan.

The story is told through the voice of an old fish speaking to her 12,000 children and grandchildren. She tells them about a small black fish that left the safety of a local stream to see the great world beyond.

Black fish embarks on an eye-opening journey with the spirit of a dreamer experiencing an awakening.

The path leads the little fish to gain wisdom, courage, awareness and a first-hand grasp of complex social relations. The fish story is about stepping outside the confines of a self-centered life. It has a pedagogic value and shows a path to freedom, equality and justice, with simple analogies for younger audience to grasp.

Earlier in March 2015, commissioned by the Crescent Moon Projects, Aqebati successfully staged the play for English-speaking audiences in New York and San Francisco on the occasion of Norouz, the Iranian New Year.

In 2015, the same cultural group in Manhattan crowd-funded a four week program for celebrating Iranian arts and culture bringing together theater, installation arts, culinary arts, lectures, performance arts, live music, photography, storytelling and calligraphy. Alia’s adaptation of The Little Black Fish, directed by Aqebati, was among the programs.

Aqebati has decades of experience in working for young audiences and has received awards for his plays. For over a decade, he worked with Leev Theater Group, which is one of Iran’s successful and critically acclaimed theater groups.


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