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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.

Quotations from a Ruined City (1993) Los Angeles - Created and Directed by Reza Abdoh

Quotations From a Ruined City was first performed as a workshop production for the Los Angeles Festival in a former shoe store on Hollywood Boulevard. The production subsequently moved to a vacant pajama factory in New York's meatpacking district and went on to be presented by multiple European presenters. It was Abdoh's final work.

Text by Reza Abdoh and Salar Abdoh, Directed by Reza Abdoh.

Sound Design, Raul Enriquez and Galen Wade; Video Design, Tal Yarden; Lighting Design, Jennifer Boggs; Costume Design, Eddie Bledsoe.

Company: Sabrina Artel, Peter Jacobs, Anita Durst, Ken Roht, Mel Herst, John Jankee, Tom Pearl, Tom Fitzpatrick, Tony Torn, Brenden Doyle.

"Quotations from a Ruined City is a sort of apocalyptic follies: an evening of song, dance, poetry, nudity and torture set in a world whose center has clearly long ceased to hold. Created and directed by the gifted young theatrical cult artist Reza Abdoh, the work is a kaleidoscopic catalogue of images of decay and destruction that range through the centuries and around the globe."--New York Times, 1994.

"Reza Abdoh's 'Quotations From a Ruined City' is a violent attack on violence. The promising and intermittently powerful work-in-progress--which has been one of the most anticipated events of the ongoing L.A. Festival--is a daring polemic that goes out on the edge and stays there." - Jan Breslauer, Los Angeles Times

Quotations from a Ruined City and the Ends of Reza Abdoh:

LA Times Review by Jan Breslauer:

See the feature-length documentary on Abdoh and his work:



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