TEHRAN – Iranian director Saeid Heshmati will revive “Whose Life Is It Anyway?”, the play by British playwright Brian Clark, which he directed in Tehran in June and July 2021.
His troupe will hold its first performance on Wednesday at the Shahrzad Theater Complex, which will host the group until July 1.
Nima Hashemiseresht, Hedyeh Hashemi, Kimia Khalaj, Ali Riahi and Donya Madani are the main cast members.
The band will perform “Whose Life Is It Anyway?” based on a Persian translation by Ahmad Kasaipur.
The play was directed by several other Iranian directors.
Farid Adhami directed it at the Tabriz Theater in the city of Tabriz in northwestern Iran in 2019.
Additionally, Askan Kheilnejad staged the play at Tehran’s Iranshahr Theater Complex in 2014. Ken Harrison was portrayed by Navid Mohammadzadeh, winner of the Orizzonti Award for Best Actor for his role in “No Date, No Signature” at the 74th Venice Film Festival. in 2017.
It is a play that Clark adapted from his 1972 television play of the same title. The stage version premiered in 1978 at the Mermaid Theater in London, then opened on Broadway in 1979. The play features a paralyzed sculptor.
Set in a hospital room, the action revolves around Ken Harrison, a sculptor by profession, who has been paralyzed from the neck down in a car accident and is determined that he can die.
Clark makes arguments both for and against euthanasia and to what extent the government should be allowed to interfere in the life of a private citizen.
By portraying Ken as an intelligent man with a useless body, he leaves audiences with conflicting feelings about his desire to end his life.
A film adapted by Reginald Rose and directed by John Badham was released in 1981, starring Richard Dreyfuss, John Cassavetes and Christine Lahti.
Author David Benedictus adapted the play into a novel, which was also published in 1981.
Clark, best known for “Whose Life Is It Anyway?”, was born in Bristol, UK, the son of a blacksmith.
He was educated at the University of Nottingham. He married Maggie Clark, his first wife, and raised two sons. Clark taught at schools, colleges and universities and was a member of the drama department at the University of Hull from 1968 to 1972.
His credits also include other TV plays including “Easy Go”, “Operation Magic Carpet”, “The Saturday Party”, and “The Country Party”.
Pictured: Director Saeid Heshmati’s cast members perform “Whose Life Is It Anyway?” at the Shahrzad theater complex in Tehran on July 17, 2021. (Tehran Picture Agency/Parto Joghatai)