Description: Rostam is a character who embodies Iranian culture and literature. He is endowed with the power of Hercules and follows strict Pahlevani ethics, serving as a symbol of masculine patriarchy. However, he is also a beacon of truth and light, fighting against the devil. The epic story of Rostam’s battles and his glories are recorded in The Whole Shahnameh by Ferdowsi. According to traditional narration, the story begins when Kay Kāvus’s expedition to Mazandaran fails, and his army is captured by the Divs (Devil’s Army). Rostam embarks on the mission to free them and does so after performing seven adventures that he passes successfully. Rezaei Rad added an eighth adventure to Rostam’s story called Hiro’s death after his brother betrays him, although it doesn’t exist in Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh. Esfandiyar was killed by Rostam during a battle without knowing he had come there to take him to the death world.
Arvand casted an actress as Rostam due to disidentification with manhoodness while suggesting a heroine instead of a hero. Arvvand called this design The White Dream..
“Winner of the award for the best female acting and the best composition from the Iranian Critics Center”
Playwright: Mohammad Rezaei Rad
Designer and Director: Arvand Dashtaray Joint designer with Hamid Pourazari
Cast: Shohreh Soltani, Heda Naseh, Ashkan Sadeghi
Music: Ankido Darash
Simultaneous painting on stage: Banafshe Heydarzadegan, Laleh Fatakhi
Production @VirguleFPAC|Teheran|New Hall|City Theater Complex|2001|