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Bijan Mofid

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Bijan Mofid (playwright/director) was one of very few serious modern Iranian artists whose writing has reached beyond the intelligentsia to a broad general audience.

He was Born in Tehran in 1935. After teaching for several years at the University of Tehran, he founded the theatre workshop, where many of Iran’s finest actors received their training. The workshop’s major production was Bijan’s own CITY OF TALES (Shahr-e-Ghesseh), a profound satire that weaves social comment through adaptations of traditional music and folk tales. It toured for 3 years, was made into an award winning film and is recognized as a classic of Iranian literature.

Bijan’s work as playwright and director has had a continuous and controversial presence in Iranian theatre, both on the popular stage and in experimental productions.Nine of his plays have been produced and published and their songs recorded. He directed over fifty productions for radio and television in addition to his stage work; his rare appearances as an actor included the lead role in Arbie Ovanesian’s acclaimed production of Suddenly… at the 1992 Nancey International Theatre Festival.
The wide popular audiences drawn by Mofid’s work earned him an unprecedented degree of immunity from censorship. But his relationship with the Shah’s regime consisted of a balancing act between continuous harassment from the secret police and the embarrassment of official recognition and reinterpretation of his work

During and after the revolution, political groups across the entire spectrum attempted to claim his work as representative of their ideals, but he remained independent and withdrew his plays from production when their integrity was threatened.

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