Iranian director laments delay in delivery of Iraqi festival’s prize

TEHRAN, Feb. 17 (MNA) – Iranian stage director Zahar Sabri has lamented over a delay in the delivery of a prize her group won at the 2nd Hawler International Theater Festival, which was held in Erbil, Iraq, from September 18 to 24, 2012.

Her puppet play “The Earth and the Universe”, an adaptation of seven stories from Rumi’s Masnavi-e Manavi, won the prize for best production at the festival, but her troupe had to leave Iraq to give a performance in Kazakhstan before the closing ceremony of the event, she told the Persian service of ISNA on Saturday.

Thus, she asked the organizers of the festival to send the award to her later. However, she has not received the award so far.

“The prize, which includes a plaque of honor and a statue of the festival, has no monetary value, but I want to have it in my collection of prizes,” Sabri said.

Sabri founded her group, Yase-e Tamam, in 1990. Their performances have won many accolades at international events in Iran, Spain, France, Lebanon and several other countries.

Among her credits are “Count to One”, an anti-war play based Omar Khayyam’s poetry and thoughts, and “Macondo”, based on Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings”, both of which have been acclaimed at many Iranian and international events.

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