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REZA ABDOH - Full Productions 1989-1993

Reza Abdoh (1963-1995) was an Iranian-born American theatre director and playwright known for his groundbreaking, experimental productions. Abdoh died of AIDS in 1995 at the age of 32, having created an impressive body of stage spectacles known for their sensory overload, ferocious energy and hallucinatory dreamscapes. Abdoh was an enigmatic and prolific creative force and with his company, Dar A Luz, formed in 1991, he created productions that have made a major impact on experimental theatre worldwide and whose influences are still being felt and talked about to this day.

The Hip-Hop Waltz of Eurydice (1990) Los Angeles - Created and Directed by Reza Abdoh

The Hip-Hop Waltz of Eurydice premiered at the Los Angeles Theater Center in 1990.

Created and Directed by Reza Abdoh
Produced by Diane White/LATC

With: Juliana Francis, Alan Mandell, Tom Fitzpatrick, Amen Santoro, Bohasha

Dramaturgy, Morgan Jenness
Sets, Timian Alsaker; lights, Rand Ryan; sound, Raul Enriquez and Eric Blank; Costumes, Mariana Elliott; video, Adam Soch; production stage manager, Susan Slagle

"Abdoh's 'Hip-hop Waltz of Eurydice' Is Modern Look at Power of Love: Writer-director Reza Abdoh puts his unique stamp on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice in "The Hip-Hop Waltz of Eurydice,"

"In the original, Orpheus journeys to Hades and persuades the Lord of the Underworld to let his wife, Eurydice, go. The condition is that Orpheus mustn't look back at her as they're leaving. But he does . . . and loses her.

December 9, 1990 | JANICE ARKATOV, LA TIMES
"'What Reza's done is tell a myth about the force of faith--faith in love--in a time of repression and fear,' said LATC's new dramaturg, Morgan Jenness, who came to LATC in September from New York, where she had been literary manager at the Public Theatre. 'Orpheus and Eurydice have a forbidden love, and the Lord of the Underworld is a sort of fascist symbol. There are undertows of the Jesse Helms situation, the connection of love and sexuality, the fact that sex is (treated as) a bad thing.'"

Adam Soch's feature-length documentary REZA ABDOH: THEATRE VISIONARY vimeo.com/ondemand/rezaabdoh

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