Artword Theatre main, 75
October 31 to November 23, 2003
Modern Times Stage Company
the world première of
Stories of the
Rains of Love and Death
playwright Abas Na'lbandian
translated and adapted by Soheil Parsa and Peter
directed by Soheil Parsa
Previews Oct 31, Nov 1 &
Nov 4 at 8 pm, Nov 2 at 2:30: $15.
Opens Wed, Nov 5 at 8 pm
Tuesday to Thursday at 8 pm: $20
Saturday matinee at 2:30: $20
Friday and Saturday at 8 pm: $25
Sunday matinee, 2.30 pm: pwyc
Banned in Iran and never
performed, the play is a quintet of interrelated one-act
plays. Na'lbandian asks the questions "What is truth?" and
"What is reality". An absurdist work that explores a new
kind of cause and effect within universal themes -
sexuality, violence, power, fate and death.
Ensemble Cast: Stewart
Arnott, Nita Costa, Mark Ellis, Peter Farbridge, John
Gilbert, Daniel Karasik, Stavroula Logothettis and Andrew
"Holds its own against
any production in town." -- eye Weekly
"Magnetic performances, burnished production." -- Now
Following a sold-out
workshop engagement at Toronto's 2002 Summerworks Festival,
the international award-winning Modern Times Stage Company
presents the English-language world premiere of "Stories
from the Rains of Love and Death."
and adapted by artistic director Soheil Parsa and associate
artist Peter Farbridge, "Stories From the Rains of Love and
Death" was written by Persian playwright Abas Na'lbandian.
Na'lbandian was one of Iran's most controversial and
prolific playwrights. Born into a very poor family, as a boy
he found an appreciation for literature and an understanding
of the human condition peddling newspapers for his father on
the streets of Tehran. Without any theatrical background or
training to speak of, he began writing for the theatre and
was eventually discovered by avant-garde directors and
writers at the forefront of Iranian experimental theatre in
a quintet of interrelated one-act plays, was written in
1977. It's a world both mysterious and profound; a world
where reality and time are fluid; a world out of control.
Na'lbandian's characters are gripped by forces and events
beyond their capacity to comprehend. Emotionally raw and
psychologically unfathomable, they struggle to find reality
and solve the riddles of life in environments that conspire
to prevent them.
plays did not gain the recognition of the Iranian
intellectuals of his day, as he refused to write according
to their Marxist-Leninist leanings. Following the Islamic
revolution of 1979, Na'lbandian's works were declared
immoral and banned. Imprisoned several times during the
bloody years of the Iran-Iraq war, and deprived of a
creative outlet, he killed himself in 1989. Arguably his
most accomplished piece, "Stories of the Rains of Love and
Death" has never before received a full production in Iran,
or anywhere else in the world.
for stunning design elements and extraordinary ensemble
work, Modern Times has received over 20 Dora nominations and
awards since its inception. Last season, the company
garnered seven Dora nominations for the Toronto production
of Ionesco's "The Chairs." The company has attained
international acclaim with Soheil Parsa receiving a
Director's Award for the Persian fable, "Aurash," at the
Fadjr International Theatre Festival in Tehran, Iran in
February 2002. The production was sold-out and played to
enthusiastic audiences. The company was asked to return in
2003 with its much-praised production of "Macbeth" playing
once again to sold-out houses. The final performance managed
to squeeze 500 people into a 200-seat theatre and 200
additional people were turned away.
design for "Stories" is by David Skelton, costume design by
Angela Thomas, lighting design by Andrea Lundy, Thomas Payne
is the sound designer and Tamerrah Volkovskis is the stage
manager. Laurel Smith is the producer.
For more information, For
more information, please call (416) 657-4344 or visit the
Times Stage Company website.