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The Door

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A play by:

IRAN SAYE THEATRE GROUP

Writer & Director:

Mehdi Mashhour

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About Iran Saye

Theatre

Iran Saye Theatre group is a vibrant, not

for profit, theatrical group whose aim is to

explore, and promote new methods of

performance. This group focuses on the

issues that today in modern age and tries to

share its experiences internationally. The

group formed in 2001 by renowned director,

Mr. Mehdi Mashhour, and is comprised of

renowned and respected Actors, Musicians,

and theatre supporting crew. . They’d come

together with different cultures from different

parts of Iran. Under the cultural diversity, they

share their thoughts and ideas in attempt to

find understanding or commonality among

them and also among other people all over

the world. Iran Saye Theatre group hopes to

display a new visionary of experimental

theatre and share the joy of this experience.

Armenia, Belarus, Canada, Italy, Lithuania,

Germany, France, Sweden and United States.

• HIGH FEST International Theatre Festival,

Armenia,Erevan, 2008

• Koufar International Student Theatre

Festival , Belarus , Minsk, 2009

• Liverpool International Theatre Festival,

Canada, Nova Scotia, 2010

• ROSSOBASTARDO LIVE, International

Theatre Festival, Italy, Spoleto, 2010

• FORUM International Theatre Festival,

Lithuania, Vilnius,2011

• Times Square International Theatre

Festival, USA, New York, 2011

• Donzdorf International Theatre Festival,

Germany, Donzdorf,2012

• Comte international theatre festival,

France, Besancon 2012

• Midtown Theatre, USA, New York, OCT

2014

• Donzdorf International Theatre Festival,

Germany, Donzdorf, May 2015

Experiences

The Group has presented approximately a

dozen productions nationally in Iran, as well

as internationally, including festivals in

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• 20 th international New York fringe festival,

USA, New York, 2016

• 7 th international theatre Stockholm fringe

festival, Sweden, Stockholm, 2016

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"The Door" project

description

The play was invited to the 9 th international

theater festival Donzdorf Germany 2015 for its

first destination of staging.

“The Door” is the last play of Iran Saye

Theatre Group written and directed by Mr.

Mehdi Mashhour

In October 2016, “The Door” previously

staged at Arghanun Hall in Tehran and as with

the group’s previous productions, the Saye

Theatre Group has been invited to perform

this play at international festivals The 20th

International theater festival Fringe New York

Festival in August 2016 First Iranian Play in

FringeNYC and The 7th Stockholm

Immigration is the main theme of ‘The

Door.’ Two women talk about their unique

international fringe theater festival, Sweden

October 2016

immigration plight and experiences as the play

unfoldsit focuses on the topic of immigration

through the eyes of two Middle Eastern

women. The female characters both

experience light and darkness, representing

the essence of life and consciousness and

death and ignorance respectively.

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"The Door" in

Donzdorf | Germany

The international theater festival in Donzdorf

is a renowned theater festival in Germany. A

small volunteer team organizes and hosts the

festival, which takes place every third year in the

town of Donzdorf, halfway between Stuttgart

and Ulm. For five days up to fifteen groups from

at least three countries perform their most

recent staging and discuss artistic methods

and cultures, thus participating in an intense

intercultural encounter.

Iran Saye Theatre from Tehran have

participated in the IFT Donzdorf twice, in 2015

and 2012 respectively. The festival does not

award prizes, but both group's stagings "the

man and the words" and "The Door" earned

torrents of b applauses and elicited thrilled

reactions from the general and professional

audience alike.

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Critics' Reviews

“The Door”

Hope or Home?*

This play is the result of the intention to

understand the feelings of immigrants from Asia

to Europe or the United States, both before and

after their emigration.

Iran Saye Theater Group has created another

masterpiece of deceleration. Especially when

the show creates an authentic atmosphere of

helplessness. The audience also get dilemma

with the characters that what it is the best

choice! The audience is not sure to decide

where the women belong and whether they feel

better.

This production seems to follow a simple

concept: more effect on audience through the

symbolism and less interaction and action on

stage instead of making a lot of noise. And the

show message? They make this question for us

that why today man strives for novelty?

Even when he is afraid of doubts.

This drama enables a wide range of

interpretation. For a theater festival, this play

such a decelerated piece is particularly valuable

where performances are hunting for attention.

Hoffnung Oder Heimat, wohin mit uns?

Die Iran Saye Theater Group war bereits zum

zweiten Mal hinter einander zu Gast beim

Internationalen Theaterfestival. 2012 gelang

dem kleinen Ensemble mit „The Man and

Words“ eine besonders körperbetonte und

faszinierende Adaption einer alten Sage, in der

sich ein Mann in ein Seil verliebt. Die damalige

Vorstellung galt als Festivalhighlight, auch

deshalb, weil auf den Einsatz von Sprache fast

verzichtet wurde und nur das reine Spiel im

Fokus stand…

Please continue in Germany at Page 11 in

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*The review is translated in English from

Germany

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"The Door" in

Tehran | Iran

“The Door” was performed in Arqanoun hall,

one of the best theater salons in Tehran. After

30 nights, it extended by fans enthusiasm.

Because of women's rights issues in this

performance, “The Door” had the attendance of

Dr. Ghotbedin Sadeghi, a professor of

dramatic arts in Iran (who also completed

his Ph.D. in Dramatic Arts at Sorbonne –

Paris3 University in 1980) writes, “This

amazing challenge makes the audiences of

anywhere in the world to connect

emotionally with Persian women problems

and the other hand with their hopes.”

human rights lawyers and they watched this

play, among them, Mrs.Nasrin Sotudeh (human

rights lawyer in Iran) was one of the play guests

of honor.

Critics' Reviews

Shiva Massoudi, writer and theater

director, faculty member and lecturer at

Tehran University and Drama professor of

several universities in Iran writes: “One of

the key qualities of this performance is that

the characters and the story are tied with

Iranian culture so that the play cannot be

formed in any other culture and geography.

I strongly believe this performance has the

potential to be an amazing show in any

international festival”

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Adel Zekavat: human comes to

immigration against threat to his identity

and protect his existence and to get rid of

this threat. The play of “The Door” on

Arqanoun hall deals with this issue.

Immigration is an excuse for this narration

by Mehdi Mashhour as the creator of this

world.

Using music and selected pieces which

seem lack of confronting with the costs of

making music makes this theatre away from

the independence which exists in the

process.

If we fairly look, general events will be

goodly presented by the actors but our

expectation of the actors is the access to

small events and dealing with details which

we hope it will be more completed in the

performance.

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Etemad Newspaper

26th Oct. 2015

Saye theatre group goes to broad way in 2016

Mehdi Mashhour: doubt is the issue of all immigrants

Payam Rezaei: immigration and its problems in recent years is the issue of many art

opuses. As a result of this process, theatre in recent years attempted to play its role by

adopting a

more social vision. It was in departures that Reyhane was lost. This is a play written and

directed by Mehdi Mashhour which is staged in Arghanoun with this theme. This play was

performed in Germany few months ago. Immigration phenomenon is very much in recent

years. We talked to them in different stages for a journal called immigration theatre. The

director of this play says that he has been interested in this issue three years ago. They

had a common issue and it was a kind of doubt about their decisions. He also emphasizes

that this play has some refers to events of Middle East.

Mashhour tells about the experience of performing this work in Germany “we performed

this play in Germany in English Language. Germany is a host country. The reception of this

work was so interesting for us. The performance was in a place with different nationalities.

It was tangible for them that an immigrant grapples with problems.

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Saba Newspaper

4th Dec. 2015

Do you go or Stay?

Some lines about the play of “The Door” written and directed by Mehdi Mashhour.

This play is about common homesick of human and being strange in his hometown, escape

and immigration. A combination of themes and ideas constitutes the main theme of this

theatre. Accordingly, two actresses play theatre in Arghanoun hall in which a kind of spacing

is repeated indicting its performance.

This play has two main characters. One of them is Reyhane Jahed and the other one Reyhane

Sharif. These two girls have the feeling of homesick in their hometown, so, they intend to

immigrate but have the same feeling in foreign country and like to come back their hometown.

These two girls are the narrator of their stories on parallel.

The key to success of Mehdi Mashhour is in his confront with the text which find better way

in contrast with words.

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"The Door" in New

York | USA

“The New York International Fringe Festival,

or FringeNYC, is a fringe theater festival and

one of the largest multi-arts events in North

America. It takes place over the course of two

weeks every August, spread on more than 20

stages across several neighborhoods in

downtown Manhattan, notably the Lower East

Side, the East Village, and Greenwich Village.

The play ‘The Door’ by Iran Saye Theater

was chosen to be staged in the New York

International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC),

August 2016. Producing Artistic Director of

FringNYC, Elena Holy writes: “The Door is the

first Iranian play to take part in FringeNYC,

providing a rare opportunity for thousands of

Fringe festival audience members to glimpse

into Middle Eastern theatre.”

Attendance in 2009 topped 75,000 people.

Unlike most Fringe festivals, FringeNYC uses a

jury-based selection process. Around 200

shows, out of a much larger pool of applicants,

are selected for inclusion each year.

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American critics' reviews

Anthony Calamunci

One of FringeNYC’s international offerings, The Door comes from

Iran’s Saye Theatre Group. It tells a story of the immigrant

experience through the perspectives of two women who share the

stage at all times, but never address one another. The first to

speak is a young woman who was born in Tehran and brought to

New York City during her childhood. She reminisces about her

birthplace, and cannot decide whether to stay in the US or return

home (if Iran is in fact still her home). Her dream is to open an

institute where she can teach English to children. In the play’s

second half, it is an older woman’s turn to speak. Her visa will

soon expire and her greatest wish is for her child to be born in

America. She waits and waits to hear back from her attorney who

remains an offstage presence.

The Door primarily consists of these two characters addressing

the audience, and it almost feels like two solo shows with similar

themes played back to back. Mireminy and Ebrahimi are more

than up to the task here, bringing real passion and urgency to

their performances. Periodically there are transitional, dialoguefree

sequences, more in the “performance art” vein. The lighting

changes and eerie music plays as the performers move about,

pulling dozens of paintbrushes out of a fanny pack, for instance.

Some of these sequences last several minutes, and comprise

some of the show’s most challenging material. There are also

some meta-textual elements, with the older character breaking

the fourth wall and occasionally acknowledging the artificiality of

the scenario. This is an unexpected touch that adds some

interesting texture to the show.

This is a unique experience, and unlike others I have had at

FringeNYC. Those interested in boundary-pushing theater will

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Charles Craft

The audience knew the play would be good even before it began. The actors sat and stood with

such stillness as the audience entered. In the shadows, they were quietly powerful. The precision

continued throughout the entire play. Whether it was physical actions like painting the hair or

dropping the brush, everything was done clearly. Even the blackouts were done sharply. They were

like pauses in the music. One succinct action, then a blackout, then another precise action. It was

a strong rhythm and so the intensity kept building. From the shadow silence to the steady tapping

of the red and black shoes to the relentless dropping off the bags. And finally the burst of scarves

in a cloud of colors.

The simple set was beautifully lit. The actions were so concentrated that the black walls had visual

sharpness. Everything was in focus even the empty space around the actors. The suitcase, so

neatly packed, becomes alive. It bursts with energy. The women chase a swirl of bright color.The

sound had its own atmosphere. The haunting laundry machine and the air conditioner’s hum formed

a deep pulse.

They are dressed in identical white, similar scarves, and mismatched shoes. But they are so

different. One stands restlessly, always shifting, tapping her feet. The other sits silently. She seems

enclosed and her wide eyes are far away.

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Things grow more physical. The restless one paints her hair,

perhaps dreaming of the future. The still one speaks of the

laundry machine, maybe remembering the past. The women do

not speak the words. The words speak themselves. They are

not telling secrets. They are learning secrets of their own.

You are hearing the silence of another mind. Quieter than a

whisper, these thoughts fill up the empty space. It's like hearing

someone, when you thought you were alone, whistling in the

dark.

I was learning about a faraway place. And then this memory

comes out of nowhere. Am I In the unfamiliar present or the

familiar past? Or dreaming of future travel? It's like a mirror

where everything comes together.

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"The Door" in

Stockholm | Sweden

Stockholm Fringe Festival (Stoff) is a six day

multidisciplinary arts festival, acting as a

‘stage’ for local and international artists to

present their innovative work ranging from

performance to installation art and

anything in between.

Its core goal is to elevate, empower and

promote emerging artists but also to give

space to established professionals who

produce innovative work across all arts

genres. On this multidisciplinary platform

theatre, visual and performance art mixes

Stockholm Fringe Festival (Stoff) is a six day

multidisciplinary arts festival, acting as a

‘stage’ for local and international artists to

present their innovative work ranging from

performance to installation art and

anything in between.

Its core goal is to elevate, empower and

promote emerging artists but also to give

space to established professionals

with music, dance and the “other"

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