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SALT LAKE ACTING COMPANY IS PROUD TO BE A PART OF THE CITY LIBARARY’S EVENT, “DANGEROUS PASSIONS: LEGACIES OF AMERICA'S HOSTAGE CRISES WITH IRAN”
SLAC is delighted to announce that scenes from our upcoming world premiere production of THE PERSIAN QUARTER by Kathleen Cahill will be performed at the Salt Lake City Main Public Library as a part of the event Dangerous Passions: Legacies of America’s Hostage Crisis with Iran. The event will be held in the Main City Library Auditorium on January 20, 2011 at 7 PM. The scenes will illuminate Cahill’s play which wades into the cross currents between Iran and America. The production reveals a troubled, interconnected history, questioning what we know of our own history, what we’ve forgotten, and the legacy of political policies and decisions. THE PERSIAN QUARTER unfolds on the final day of the Iranian hostage crisis in 1981 and through generational synchronicity makes its final stage in New York City, 2009. THE PERSIAN QUARTER’S relevancy to understanding both past and current relationships with Iran allows the performed scenes to bring local understanding to a global issue.
The Salt Lake City Main Public Library introduces Dr. Roxane Farmanfarmaian as the key note speaker for Dangerous Passions: Legacies of America’s Hostage Crisis with Iran. Half American, half Iranian, Farmanfarmaian was born in Salt Lake City. She spent the Revolution in Iran, where she published a weekly news-magazine. Farmanfarmaian was personally acquainted with several of the American hostages while they were still members of the US Embassy. The conflict between her two countries, which has now dragged on for over three decades, is, she feels, laced with passion – deep anger, searing humiliation, betrayal – expressed in a war-of-words that has become only more bitter with time. She describes the legacy of this emotional conflict as an increasingly dangerous one – in which rhetoric can easily deteriorate into violence, and a new and even more fatal war may erupt, embroiling the US again in the Middle East.
Farmanfarmaian, a visiting scholar at the University of Utah's Middle East Center, says the only real hope is to reduce the fear on both sides through personal contact and understanding. The event at The City Library will include a lecture by Farmanfarmaian, an excerpt performance from THE PERSIAN QUARTER, and a community discussion about the legacy of America's relationship with Iran. The event will be simulcast on KCPW radio, 88.3 FM, 105.3 FM, and online at kcpw.org
Cosponsored by The City Library; Salt Lake Acting Company; the Tanner Humanities Center, University of Utah; the Middle East Center, University of Utah; and KCPW Radio.
EVENT DANGEROUS PASSIONS: LEGACIES OF AMERICA'S HOSTAGE CRISES WITH IRAN
INFORMATION Thursday, January 20, 7:00 p.m , Main City Library Auditorium
KEY NOTE SPEAKER Dr. Roxane Farmanfarmaian
SPONSORS The City Library; Salt Lake Acting Company; the Tanner Humanities Center, University of Utah; the Middle East Center, University of Utah; and KCPW Radio
CAST OF THE PERSIAN QUARTER Nell Gwynn, Deena Marie Manzanares, Shane Mozaffari, Josh Thoemke
UPCOMING AT SLAC :
THE WORLD PREMIERE OF “THE PERSIAN QUARTER” BY KATHLEEN
CAHILL, DIRECTED BY ALEXANDRA HARBOLD WITH NELL GWYNN, DEENA MARIE MANZANARES, SHANE MOZAFFARI & JOSH THOEMKE
DATES Previews: February 2 & 3, 2011
Opening: February 4, 2011
Closing: February 27, 2011
TIMES Previews: Wednesday & Thursday- 7:30 p.m.
Regular: Wednesday – Saturday- 7:30 p.m.
Sunday- 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 1- ZAPped Tuesday, a free performance sponsored by the Zoo, Arts and Parks program. 7PM, to reserve a seat call 801-363-7522
Friday, February 4- Opening Night Celebration
Sunday, February 6- A conversation with Playwright Kathleen Cahill and The Persian Quarter cast at 4PM following the matinee performance
Sunday, February 13- US | Iran * Patriots | Poets * Pilou Rice | Apple Pie, Exploring our relationship with Iran, Free Panel Discussion at 5 PM with Moderator, Tim Chambless, Professor of Political Science (U of U), and Panelists; Rasoul Sorkhabi, Director of the Rumi Poetry Club, Jim Dabakis, co-founder of Equality Utah, and Playwright Kathleen Cahill.
Sunday, February 13- Theatre Student Series Performance at 7 PM
Monday, February 21- Free New Play Sounding Series reading at 7 PM showcasing a new play by Kathleen Cahill
The 2010-2011 Season is dedicated to the Playwrights, Subscribers, Actors, Board Members, Directors, Donors, Theatre Artists, Volunteers and Employees that have contributed to SLAC throughout the past 40 years.
SLAC was founded in 1970 and is dedicated to producing, commissioning and developing new works and to supporting a community of professional artists. SLAC has been nationally recognized by the Shubert Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Edgerton Foundation, among others. SLAC is a Constituent Member of Theatre Communications Group, a national organization for non-profit professional regional theatres, and the National New Play Network.
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