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Absurd Play on Qajar King

Absurd Play on Qajar KingAbsurd Play on Qajar King

Tragicomedy “The Qajar Theater”, written and directed by Dariush Raiyat, is on the stage at City Theater.   

It is a mix of real historical events alongside fictional take on the last days of Naser al-Din Shah, the Qajar king before his assassination, Mehr News Agency reported on its Persian website.  

The play begins with two courtiers in the Qajar harem, Anis ol-Doleh and Etemad ol-Saltaneh, who are organizing a play for the king’s 50th coronation anniversary.

The theatrical act planned for the king by the two characters is similar to the absurd play “Waiting for Godot” written by the Irish playwright Samuel Beckett.

According to Raiyat, the play is a study of the Qajar ruler and his  contradictions. Parizad Seyf, Behrouz Pourborji and Pejman Alipour are in the cast.

Naser al-Din Shah (1831-1896) was the most famous king of the  Qajar dynasty. He was a cinema enthusiast with immense  interest in painting and photography.

City Theater, located in Daneshjoo Park at the intersection of Enqelab and Valiasr streets, will run the play until July 6.


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