Ahmadinejad would likely not approve. With its Iranian Theater Festival, the Brick Theater unfurls a Persian carpet of conversation and performance works, many of them highly experimental, which explore Iranian history and identity. As theater has existed in Iran since 1000 b.c., the creators will have quite a lot to draw upon. The festival includes plays in English and Persian on subjects such as “murders, suicides, and rabbits”; “how hard it is to keep a chador on”; Hitler’s doppelgänger; and the Iran/Iraq War as performed by marionettes. Additional events include an Iranian New Year’s party, live Skype chats with Iranian citizens, and a panel on controversial visionary director Reza Abdoh staffed with several of his collaborators, including Juliana Francis-Kelly and Tony Torn.

March 3-26, 2011

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