Reza Abdoh



ISBN: 9783775745529 Category:

Charlie Fox, Dominic Johnson, Hilton Als, Tobi Haslett


Over a brief, twelve-year career, the Iranian director and playwright Reza Abdoh broke all of the conventions of American theater, pushing actors and audiences past their limits to create hallucinatory, at times nightmarish, dreamscapes shot through with humor, song, and an unlikely spirituality. His productions addressed the bitter political realities of his time- the systemic devaluation of black life, governmental indifference to the AIDS crisis, sexual repression, genocide in Europe, and war in the Middle East-with harrowing eloquence. Just before his death he ordered that his plays should never be performed again. Profusely illustrated, the catalogue contains new essays on the influence and reception of Abdoh’s works in theater, film, and video, published and unpublished interviews with the director, and conversations with his friends and colleagues, as well as scripts of his plays and contemporary reviews.

Additional information

Weight 2342 g
Dimensions 23.4 x 30.3 cm
Publisher name Hatje Cantz Verlag
Publication date 15 July 2021
Number of pages 576
Format Paperback / softback
Contributors Edited by Negar Azimi, Tiffany Malakooti, and Michael C. Vazquez, Contributions by Jennifer Krasinski, Nick Mauss, and Elizabeth Wiet
Dimensions 23.4 x 30.3 cm
Weight 2342 g


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The Iranian director REZA ABDOH (1963-1995) was known for his wildly ambitious, experimental, and often confrontational theatrical productions. When he died of AIDS at the age of just thirty-two, he was already regarded as a crucial figure on the American avant-garde scene.