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U. of Tehran commemorates Ionesco on 100th birthday
25 November 2009
Source: Mehr News


The birth of the world renowned dramatist Eugène Ionesco.

The event will be held at the Shahid Avini and Samandarian Halls of the university from November 30 to December 2.


Professor Ahmad Kamyabi Mask proposed the holding of the seminar last year, the secretary of the meeting Mohammadreza Ali-Akbari mentioned during a press conference on Monday.


The intention was to hold the meeting as an international event but that was precluded due to funding issues, he mentioned.


“Unfortunately, the Ministry of Science, Research, and Technology did not provide any financial support for the event,” he said.


He went on to say that the Theater Center of the university, Iran’s Center for Dramatic Arts and the university’s Fine Art Faculty all supported the event.


“The seminar aims to clear Ionseco’s theater of the label attributed to it by the British literary critic Martin Esslin who called it the theater of Absurd,” Kamyabi Mask mentioned during the conference.


Kamyabi Mask, who has conducted interviews with Ionesco and wrote books on his plays, lauded him as a noble dramatist. 


On the opening day, theatrical scholar Farhad Nazerzadeh, stage director Farhad Ayeesh and filmmaker Benyamin Esbati are lecturing, and Ahmad Kamyabi Mask is reading the script of the play “Man With Bags”.


Veteran stage director Qotbeddin Sadeqi, stage designer Khosrow Khorshidi and Abbas-Ali Salehi are presenting papers on the second day, and reading the plays “The Chairs” and “The Leader”.


The seminar will host lectures by Kamyabi Mask on avant-garde theater, Amir Reza Kuhestani on the new mise en scenes for Ionseco’s “Rhinocéros” and the reading of the play “Exit the King”.


Eugène Ionesco (1909–1994), a Romanian and French playwright and dramatist, was one of the foremost playwrights of the Theatre of the Absurd. Beyond ridiculing the most banal situations, Ionesco’s plays tangibly depict in the solitude and insignificance of human existence.