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Resurrecting Yazdgerd
Photo essay: Beyzaie's play in the Bay

By Jahanshah Javid
August 24, 2004
iranian.com

Death of Yazdgerd, will open at Ashbey Stage Theater in Berkeley, northern California, this week (August 27-September 18). Bahram Beyzaie's famous play (also made into a film) "is a poetic, political and historic work, hailed as a masterpiece of modern Iranian dramatic writing." This is the second time a Beyzaie play is being brought on stage by Darvag, the oldest Iranian-American theater company. Beyzaie's The Eighth Voyage of Sinbad was staged in 1999.

I took these pictures were taken during the first run-through, when the actors performed the entire play (translated from Persian into English by Manuchehr Anvar) for the first time without reading from the text. The actors are Ali Dadgar, D. Anthony Harper, Richard Louis James, Nicholas A. Olivero, Sara Razavi and Bella Warda. Directed by Evren Odcikin.

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