Stories from the Rains of Love and Death

Aurash by Bahram Beyza’ie, translated and adapted by Soheil Parsa with Brian Quirt, edited by Peter Farbridge

Based on a Persian myth dating back over one thousand years, in the 1970s the fable was adapted into a dramatic narrative by Bahram Beyza’ie. In Beyza’ie’s story, Aurash, a naïve and human stablehand, becomes an unwilling player in his country’s post-war border treaty. He must determine his people’s fate by firing an arrow from the top of a mountain.

The Death of the King by Bahram Beyza’ie, translated by Soheil Parsa with Peter Farbridge

A retelling of Persian history. At the end of the Sassanian Empire, during the onslaught of Muslim invasions into Persia, the last king of Persia, Yazdgird III, finds death in an impoverished flourmill. Discovered red-handed by the king’s army, the helpless miller, his wife, and his daughter must reenact their experience with the king to prove their innocence—or else face a horrible death.

Stories from the Rains of Love and Death by Abas Na’lbandian, translated by Soheil Parsa with Peter Farbridge

A quintet of interrelated one-act plays written in 1977. The play presents us with characters that are gripped by forces and events beyond their comprehension. Emotionally raw and psychologically unfathomable, they struggle to find reality and solve the riddles of life in environments that conspire against them.

Interrogation by Mohammad Rahmanian, translated by Soheil Parsa

Two youth, loyal to the anti-colonial struggle in Algeria, cannot stop their acts of violence even after the revolution has been won. Their stories tell a timeless truth: nothing enduring can be built on violence.


Brian Quirt

Brian Quirt is the founder and Artistic Director of Nightswimming, a dramaturgical company based in Toronto, and Director of the Banff Centre Playwrights Lab. With Nightswimming he has commissioned and developed 30 new works, created eight of his own plays, and directed the premieres and national tours of many Nightswimming projects including, new works by Don Druick, Carmen Aguirre and Anita Majumdar.


Peter Farbridge

Peter is a theatre actor, dramaturg, and producer working in Montreal. As a founding member and co-artistic director of the Modern Times Stage Company from 1989 to 2022, Peter appeared in many of the productions, including the title roles of Macbeth and Hamlet. He has earned several Toronto Dora nominations and awards for his work with Modern Times. Among that work, Peter has co-translated and adapted the plays of several Iranian playwrights with Soheil Parsa, and he has served as co-writer or co-deviser on several new theatrical productions. Peter has worked as an actor in film, TV, and theatre in Montreal both in English and in French. In 2017 he was nominated for a Meta Award for his acting work in Progress! for Infinitheatre. He currently directs the project Postmarginal: Inclusive Theatre Practice, which seeks to increase the representativity of marginalized artists. 


“[C]ontemporary resonance from a story that sounds as old as time itself. “

“[A] fascinating piece, muscular, yet curiously elusive. “

“[A] dramatic language and tempo that can bolt the spectator to her seat…”

“[A] plot twisting narrative, made up of layer upon layer of ‘truth’ and fabrication. “


  • Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play 2008, Short-listed
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    148 Pages
    8.98in * 5.99in * .38in


    January 15, 2008



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