Fajr festival tells story of “White Nights” director’s failure to stage in Saint Petersburg

February 15, 2019

TEHRAN – Iranian director Ali-Asghar Dashti recounted on Thursday the story of his failure to direct a stage adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s “White Nights” at a theater festival in Saint Petersburg, Russia in a play during the 37th Fajr International Theater Festival.

Veteran actor and director Atila Pesyani starred as Mikhail Gorbachev, the seventh and last leader of the Soviet Union, in the play titled “The Above-Named Person”.

Negar Javaherian and Pantea Panahiha are the other main members of the cast for the play that was performed at the Samandarian Hall of the Iranshahr Theater Complex.

The story of the play is set during a theater festival in Saint Petersburg, where a director plans to stage an open-air performance of “White Nights” based on an agreement with the festival’s president. However, he fails to stage the play due to a financial problem. During his sojourn in the Russian city, he is engaged in a dialogue with Mikhail Gorbachev during a meeting with the seventh and last leader of the Soviet Union.

The play is an entry to the international competition of the Fajr festival, which will run in Tehran until February 23.  

Photo: Atila Pesyani (L) and Ali-Asghar Dashti act in a scene from “The Above-Named Person”.

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