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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 Blind Owl (1992) - Feature-length film by Reza Abdoh

Blind OWL
In 1992, Abdoh wrote and directed a film called The Blind Owl. He used many of his core actors who were members of his performance company, Dar a Luz; Tony Torn, Tom Fitzpatrick, Juliana Francis, Peter Jacobs, Tom Pearl and others.

“Blind owls, the characters are figures of insight that cannot see; their suffering should breed wisdom, but it’s barren. These are people that observe, but they don’t reflect. They have a point of view, but no perspective. Events pass through them, but they survive. Trenn gets hit by a car at the end of the movie: ‘Are you ok?’ Ricky asks. Trenn says, ‘Yeah. I’m hungry.’ They get up and move off, without further comment. Abdoh’s characters have a fixed mysteriousness.”
– Daniel Mufson, "Same Vision, Different Form: Abdoh’s The Blind Owl"

Adam Soch's feature-length documentary REZA ABDOH: THEATRE VISIONARY



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