Iranian stage director Zolfaqari dies

Veteran Iranian writer, translator and theater director Javad Zolfaqari has passed away at the age of 59 at his home in the capital city of Tehran.

Known for his numerous puppet plays, Zolfaqari died of liver cancer on April 27, 2011. 

Born in 1952 in the city of Hamedan, Zolfaqari created many memorable plays for children such as Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves of BaghdadThe Rolling SquashKhorramshirThe Jingler Goat, Siavash and Farangis

The director’s latest work Samak Ayyar is still on stage with its creator no longer alive to see the performance. 

Deputy Culture Minister for Artistic Affairs Hamid-Reza Shahabadi paid a visit to Zolfaqari on Saturday while he was hospitalized in Tehran’s Shariati hospital. 

He sent a condolence message after the scholar passed away. 

“He established the Nowruz-e Honar Institute with his own finances and facilities,” stage director Hassan Dadshokr told ISNA. 

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