[NoHo Arts District, CA] – Ritual Music to Cure a Lover, written, directed and performed by Shahin Sayadi comes to the Whitmore Lindley Theatre May 19-June 11.
Ritual Music to Cure a Lover is the story of today’s Iran. It is the story of youth, rising up against their fathers’ choices. It is the story of love overcoming hate; of light destroying darkness.
Ritual to Cure a Lover reflects the cultural revolution taking place in the streets of Iran right now. The play culminates in a traditional exorcism ceremony, intended to rid a young man of the “sickness” of his love for an outcast woman, which ultimately reveals his father’s long-buried secrets.
The creator of Ritual to Cure a Lover, Shahin Sayadi, seamlessly shifts between multiple characters and temporalities, weaving together inter-generational perspectives that provide a panoramic viewpoint into the struggles of a community transitioning from a traditional village to a modern society. Fighting darkness to step back into the light.
“… (Ritual) is instilling hope for a better future where the new generation can live peacefully without the judgment and ill intentions of their predecessors.”
“… reminding (us) a new future, without the freedom to think differently from the status quo, is perhaps more dangerous.”
“As the one-man performer, Sayadi is able to bring an entire world filled with different characters, as he simply and seamlessly shifts between them…”
“So many characters, so few actors, couldn’t be better.”
“Experiences like this, is what makes life worth living.”
“A master class in acting”
Shahin Sayadi: Performer, Writer, Director, Music Composer, Designer, Lighting, Sound.
Shahin was born in Abadan, Iran. He is the founder of Onelight Theatre and Prismatic Arts Festival in Halifax, and Onelight Theatre and Media Arts in Los Angeles. He is a lifelong fan of Bruce Lee.
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