Bahram Beyzaei will be introducing the play “1001st Night” that he wrote. Mojdeh Shamsaei will perform the play reading. The play will be performed in Persian (no English subtitles.) After the performance they will have a Q & A with the audience.

“1001st Night” is the story of Jam’s two imprisoned daughters, Shahrnaz and Arnavaz, who keep Zahak busy for 1000 nights, until saviors finally arrive! Based on a story from “1001 Arabian Nights”.

12:30 PM – 2PM (Doors Open at Noon)

Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr, San Francisco, CA

Early Tickets $35.00 –  Late Tickets /At Door $55.00

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Bahram Beyzaie is one of Iran’s most acclaimed filmmakers, playwrights, and scholars of the history of Iranian theater, both secular and religious. He was a leader of the generation of filmmakers known as the Iranian New Wave, beginning in the late 1960s, and has since directed more than a dozen prize-winning films. He has also conducted pioneering research into the roots of ancient legends derived from Indo-Iranian mythology and known collectively as A Thousand and One Nights. He is that rare artist who is also an erudite critic and scholar of his myriad crafts.

Born in Tehran, Beyzaie was for many years the head of the Theatre Arts Department at Tehran University. His two volume study of the history of Iranian theatre is still considered the authoritative account of this history. Since his arrival at Stanford he has staged several of his plays and given workshops on Iranian mythology and cinema. He currently teaches courses on Iranian theatre and cinema.

Mojdeh Shamsaie studied theatre at the College of Arts and Architecture in Tehran. She has been involved in numerous film productions as actor, makeup artist, set and costume designer as well as assistant director. Credits in Bahram Beyzaie films include Travellers, Conversation With the Wind, Killing Mad Dogs and While We Are All Sleeping. She is the recipient of the Fajr Film Festival Crystal Simorgh award for Killing Mad Dogs (acting) and Varouzh Karimmasihi’s Last Act (makeup). Theater credits include The Cherry Orchard (Roknedin Khosravi) and Lady Aoi, 1001st Night, The Passion Play of Mentor Navid Makan and His Wife Archeologist Rokhshid Farzin and Afra or The Day Passes (all directed by Bahram Beyzaie). Mojdeh was last seen in Bahram Beyzaie’s Jana & Baladoor, Arash, 1001st Night and Ardaviraf’s Report at Stanford University.