TEHRAN – A private theater opened in the northern Iranian city of Rasht on Saturday night by performing Russian playwright Anton Chekhov’s “A Marriage Proposal”.
The play was performed by a group of students trained by actor/director Hassan Majuni who is the founder of the 260-seat theater titled Hamun, the Persian service of MNA reported on Monday.
In the performance, the group used Gilaki, a Persian dialect spoken in Rasht and other cities of Gilan Province.
The building of the theater was previously owned by Iran’s Red Crescent, which was converted into the theater by an investment from a theater aficionado named Amin Rezamand.
“We discussed the idea of establishing private theaters in Tehran for a long time before the private theaters emerged in the city,” Majuni said during the inauguration ceremony of the theater.
“However, we didn’t suppose that one day, the private theaters in the city would turn into a nightmare as they have been converted into trade centers,” he lamented.
“I hope the ideal situation that we sought in Tehran for the private theaters would take place in Hamun Theater,” he added.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by a number of Majuni’s friends and colleagues, including Farhad Mohanddespur who is also the secretary of the Fajr International Theater Festival.
“The development of theater in Iran will occur only through the establishment of private theaters,” Mohanddespur said in a brief speech.
The 49-year Majuni who is also the founder of the Leev Theater Group in Tehran moved to Rasht two years ago to start a new life.
By organizing educational courses in the city, he began to train a younger generation of actors, some of which performed British dramatist Arnold Wesker’s “The Kitchen” in Tehran during November and December.