The Poets and the Assassin. A play by Reza Jalali
In modern Iran, through literature, poetry, film, and
politics, the Iranian women continue to voice their grievances and demand
change. Their search for identity in a society, which is ambiguous about the
extent of the public role of its women, speaks to their refusal to conform to
subjugation in the name of tradition, culture, and religion.
The play, The Poets and the Assassin, offers a
historic and contemporary insight into the plight of women in Iran, a society
shrouded in mystery, by challenging our assumption about a land that was once
home to the powerful Persian Empire, and its women.
Iranian women, concealed under the traditional chador;
the one-piece cloth covering their bodies they wear when in public, the
moveable walls; invisible but seeing, anonymous but restless, and silenced but
rebellious, have continued their fight for equity. A myth-buster, the play
unveils the complex and contradictory plight of Iranian women caught in the
battle of traditionalism and modernity while challenging our assumption about
women in Iran and Islam.
Written by Reza Jalali, a writer, educator, and a Muslim Scholar, who has
taught courses at the University of Southern Maine and Bangor
Tickets: $7 Adult / $5 LT member / Free for Youth 18 and under
Mon, Apr 3 @ 7:30 pm