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Conversation at Night

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An adaptation of a play by Swiss author and dramatist Friedrich Durrenmatt is on stage at the House of Performance at Theater Department, affiliated to the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance.

Directed by Raheleh Shamsabadi, “Conversation at Night With a Despised Character” is about the dialogue between a prominent liberal writer in an unnamed European dictatorship and a state assassin signed to kill the man.

“It’s a psychological story of fighting oppression and injustice,” Shamsabadi said, Honaronline reported. Mohsen Abulfat’hi and Afshin Zaeem are in the cast.

The play was first staged as a German radio play in 1952 and adapted for stage in the same year at the Munich Theater.  The stage version was translated in English by Robert David MacDonald and premiered in London in 1966. The Persian adaptation has been translated from English by Alireza Mihani.

Friedrich Durrenmatt (1921-1990) has written avant-garde dramas, philosophical crime novels, and macabre satire. Over 20 of his plays have been adapted into films and TV series.

The play will be staged through August 22 at House of Performance located at Mohammad Aqa Alley, Mousavi St., Ferdowsi Sq.

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