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Iranian playwright and director Amir Reza Koohestani won a prize at the prestigious International Fadjr Theatre Festival in Iran when he was just 22. Always breaking through the strictures of state censorship and cutting into contemporary taboos, Koohestani returns to Tokyo with a new play inspired by the citizen protest movement against the alleged corruptions in the Iranian presidential election of June, 2009.

Being himself absent studying in London when the events happened, Koohestani went back to Tehran to uncover the traces, seeking to get closer to the truth. The drama is composed of the phone conversations of 6 men and women. On the night of January 8th they are rehearsing Genet's play "The Maids" but their words describing the events that happened the next morning are ridden with lies and secrets. From these fragments of language emerges a vivid portrait of the younger generation in Tehran, frustrated at a repressive society and suspicious of others.



On sale from 10:00 on September 15 (Sat), 2012

Prices: Unreserved seating
Advance ¥4,000 (Day + ¥500)
Students ¥3,000 / High School Students and Under ¥1,000 (Show student ID for advance & day tickets)

Available from: F/T Ticket Center (Tel./Online); Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre Box Office; Ticket Pia [P Code: 422-520] (Japanese only), e-plus (Japanese only), confetti (Japanese only)
Valid for Pair Tickets, F/T Pass, 5 Performance Pass, Group Tickets

Ticket Information


11/2 (Fri) 19:30
11/3 (Sat) 14:00★
11/4 (Sun) 14:00
★Post-Performance Talk with the director
Duration: 80 min.

The box office opens 1 hour prior to the start of the performance.
The doors open 20 minutes prior to the start of the performance.
Performed in Persian with Japanese surtitles

F/T Related Program: F/T University
Lecturer: Amir Reza Koohestani
11/4 (Sun) 16:00-19:00
Venue: Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, Symphony Space
Moderator: Hidenaga Otori (Theatre Critic)
Persian with consecutive Japanese interpretation
Free admission / online reservation required
max. 80 persons (first come, first served)
Learn more here



Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, Theatre East
1-8-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku
Tel: 03-5391-2111
Ikebukuro Station on JR Line, Tokyo Metro, Tobu Tojo Line, and
Seibu Ikebukuro Line.
2 minutes walk from Ikebukuro Station west exit
(direct entrance to the theatre from exit 2b).



Amir Reza Koohestani
Playwright, Director