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  • Tehran Performing Arts Association to Hold

    Parviz Bashardoust Play Writing Festival

    Tehran Performing Arts Association will organize a festival to commemorate the late theater figure Parviz Bashardoust, who passed away a few months ago.

    The festival will be a play writing competition to choose top Tehran-based playwrights to win Parviz Bashardoust Award, Iran Theater reported.

    The invitation to take part in the competition will be released soon. The festival is aimed at supporting local playwrights and publish top plays.

    The five best plays will be published in a two-volume by the World Theater Day on March 27.

    Born in 1950 in Tabriz, Parviz Bashardoust started his career by writing plays. "The Garden of Wishes" and "Amou Zanjrbaf (Uncle Chain-Weaver)" had been his first plays written in 1970s. In 1974, Mr Bashardoust's "The Garden of Wishes" was directed by Mohammad Saleh-Ala. Mr Bashardoust acted in the play. He founded Ajideh Theatre Troupe in 1975 and began teaching theater. "Amou Zanjrbaf" was the first play performed by the group in Iran-US Cultural Society.

    In 1976, he was invited by noted actor Ali Nasirian to Theater Office and wrote "Heart Attack", which was performed in Theater House for six months.

    His other works include Explosion, Cashier, Mashallah Khan Myth and Daily News. His cinema debut was in 1993 in "All My Daughters", which was directed by Esmail Soltanian. His last presence on stage was in 1987 when he rewrote "The Garden of Wishes".

    Mr Bashardoust lived in Shahriar, a small town near the capital Tehran, during his last years where he launched educational workshops to train young talents.

    Mr Bashardoust died on March 19 and was buried on March 22.

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