Play to explore love story between Afghan migrant, Iranian gypsy 

May 17, 2016

TEHRAN -- Director/actor Ayyub Aqakhani plans to stage a play about a love story between an Afghan migrant and an Iranian gypsy woman.

“Solar Eclipse” will be performed at the Qashqai Hall of Tehran’s City Theater Complex for a month from June 5, he informed the Persian service of MNA on Monday.

In “Solar Eclipse”, a romance blooms between Meymand, a young Afghan who fled his native Afghanistan, and Sorayya, the daughter of an Iranian gypsy family.

Theatergoers gave a warm reception to play once in 2010, when Aqakhani and his troupe performed it at the same theater. 

“The play will go on stage with the same cast, i.e. Hamidreza Azarang, Nasim Adabi and myself,” he said.

“In fact, it will be recollection of the memories of a play that we liked,” he added.
Aqakhani said that the play has a deep humanistic view on Afghan migrants in Iran and added, “I want to evoke sympathy from the audience for Afghan migrants and the sad fate that awaited them.”

He also said that his decision to stage the play resulted from feelings of sympathy for the family of Setayesh Qoreishi, a six-year-old girl, who was raped and killed, allegedly by a teenage Iranian neighbor, in the Tehran suburb of Varamin in April.

Photo: Hamidreza Azarang acts in a scene from “Solar Eclipse” at the Qashqai Hall of Tehran’s City Theater Complex in 2010. ( Gudarzi)

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