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Hashemi, Seyed Afshin (Iranian playwright, actor, October 12, 1975-____), “Speech,”

a 5-minute drama in English, translated by Elham Esfahani (Iranian translator from Farsi into English, 19__-____) from the Farsi original, set on a speech platform with a microphone, 1994,

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;   © 1994 by Seyed Afshin Hashemi;  •  in Seyed Afshin Hashemi’s Speech, translated by Elham Esfahani (Tehran, Iran: The Author, 1994);  •  script/rights available In original Farsi or English translation from Seyed Afshin Hashemi, No. 13, Shahamati Street (opposite to the Esteghlal Cinema), Vali-asr Avenue, Tehran, Iran, telephone/fax 009821-8903370, e-mail seyedafshinhashemi@hotmail.com. • Cited by Seyed Afshin Hashemi via e-mail July 11, 2003; Hashemi says,

  §  Dramatis Personae The Man (m), speaker; First Man in White Uniform with Sun Glasses (m), medical aide; Second Man in White Uniform with Sun Glasses (m), medical aide.

  §  Synopsis “A man enters to the sound of audience applause and assumes the platform to speak on terrorism. The microphone emits a loud, horrible noise. The man is shocked. He goes on speaking over protracted noise from the microphone. The noise increases to the level of his voice. The man raises his voice. The noise becomes louder and louder, that is, like a screech. The man blushes with anger and cries out, but his voice fails to project to the audience. Nervously shouting, he beats the microphone. But the noise continues. He shouts hopelessly. The siren of an ambulance adds to the microphone noise and the man’s shouts. A sound of brakes occurs. Two men with sunglasses and white uniforms enter and take him, still shouting. There is a sound of the opening and closing of the ambulance door. The shouts and then the noise stop. The siren of the ambulance diminishes. Audience members murmur as they leave the hall.

  §  Comment Friday, July 11, 2003: "This play is also available in Farsi. It is dedicated to Vahdat Yeganeh, 'one of my best friends.'”

  §  Themes acoustics, public speaking, terrorism.

See also Seyed Afshin Hashemi’s

  • "The Anniversary Present," a 10-minute drama in English, translated by Rouzbeh Eftekhari from the original Farsi, set in Tehran, Iran, 2002, 1m or 1f (or more)
  • The Most Honest Murderer of the World,” a 40-minute drama in English, translated by Rouzbeh Eftekhari, Noushin Seidhosseini, and Hooman Khodadost from the original Farsi, set in Tehran, Iran, 2002, 1m or 1f (or more)

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Page mounted June 11, 2003, and updated June 12, October 4, 2003, June 24, 2004, by the Webmaster.



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