“The Marriage of Mr. Mississippi” to celebrate Samandarian, Durrenmatt

January 4, 2019

TEHRAN – Iranian director Ehsan Falahatpisheh will restage Swiss writer Friedrich Durrenmatt’s 1952 play “The Marriage of Mr. Mississippi” at the main hall of Tehran’s City Theater Complex tonight to celebrate the Iranian stage director and playwright, Hamid Samandarian, who translated the play into Persian in 1989, and Durrenmatt’s 98th birthday. 

Earlier in September and October 2015, Falahatpisheh staged the comedy play at the Nazerzadeh Kermani Hall of the Iranian Artist Forum in Tehran.

The play is about Florestan Mississippi, a public prosecutor and a fanatical exponent of Mosaic law who has murdered his wife. He visits Anastasia, who confesses to having murdered her husband. After Mississippi has persuaded Anastasia to marry him as a gesture of grotesque retribution, the two dedicate themselves to presiding over a governmental system of “absolute justice” under which Mississippi sentences victims to death and Anastasia presides over their execution.

Mohammad-Sadeq Malek, Arezu Nabovvat, Mohammadreza Maleki, Mehdi Nosrati and Parisa Sanatkar are the main members of the cast for the play, which will be on stage until February 3. 

Photo: A poster for “The Marriage of Mr. Mississippi” by Iranian director Ehsan Falahatpisheh.


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