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Ezzat Goushegir

EZZAT GOUSHEGIR  (1952 - )

Nationality:    Iranian/USA
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ezzat Goushegir, is a playwright, author and film critic. She has published four books in Farsi and two plays in English. Her plays have been produced by a variety of Theater companies. She is the member of "the Dramatists Guild of America" and "the association of Writers and Writing Program". Currently she teaches at (SNL)DePaul University in Chicago.

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Another Phaedra In the Desert         Ask the Mirror         Behind the Curtains         Bride Of Acacias, The         Doll Behind the Curtain, A         I'm Not an Exceptionalist!         In the Mist         Lion In My Eyes, A         Living With A Tiger Man         Mad As the Blood Sound, Or, Gang Lu Bought Two Guns         Maryam's Pregnancy         Medea Was Born In Fallujah         Metamorphosis         My Name Is Inanna         Parallel Mirrors         Rapunzel's Gone Bald         Romeo And Juliet In the Dark Alleys Of Tehran And Labyrinthine Corridors Of Columbine High School         Roses Roses For Sohrab         Two Iranian Children         You're Not A Man!



Another Phaedra In the Desert

Synopsis:
a modern adaptation of Iranian epic story of Sudabeh and Siavash, similar to the story of Pahaedra. Sudabeh is today's Iranian woman who confronts the gender inequality, and questions the complication of love, passion, liberation and boundaries.

Notes:
Staged readings in Iowa City (1991), La Mama La Galleria in New York City (1993), Guild Complex in Chicago (1997), WTP Conference in Los Angeles (2010)

1st Produced:
Staged readings in Iowa City    1991

Company:
La Mama La Galleria

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Ask the Mirror

Synopsis:
Three Iranian women tell their stories in 3 different historical periods.

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Performance in Chicago    -

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Behind the Curtains

Synopsis:
Based on Tahireh-Qurrat-ul-ayn's life, the 19th century Iranian poet and theologist, whose radical philosophical belief, the claims of emancipation and power of women, caused her death.

Notes:
Has productions And readings.

1st Produced:
New York City    1992

Company:
New Perspectives Theatre Company

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Music:
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Male:  12            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Bride Of Acacias, The

Synopsis:
Based on life of prominent Iranian poet Forugh Farrokhzad, whose poetry made a significant awakening impact on men and women in Iran. at the wake of Forugh's rebellious act of adultery, simultaneously an American coup by CIa agents overthrows the democratically elected government. Forugh in search of the nature of love and freedom begins a long journey through impossibilities.

Notes:
Readings At Northeaster University in Chicago- 1997 And At Lenz gallery At 2005

1st Produced:
Chopin theatre- Chicago    2006

Company:
Chopin Theatre

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Genre:
One woman show

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Doll Behind the Curtain, A

Synopsis:
an adaptation of Sadegh Hedayat's short story of the same title. This play emphasizes a young man's fascination for a silent statue behind a boutique's window in Paris. Infatuated by her mysterious beauty, he pays all his saving to own this soulless mannequin. the play explores the complexity of love, sexuality and intimacy from the perspective of an eccentric man, torn in between tradition and modernity.

Notes:
In Persian language.

1st Produced:
Performance in Chicago    2005

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Genre:
adaptation

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Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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I'm Not an Exceptionalist!

Synopsis:
I'm Not an Exceptionalist! is about an encounter between three women of three different backgrounds in a bus stop. It's an intersection of commonality and conflicts. The play raises this question: Why do some marginalized Pink Collar women who would think they could never break out of the pink-collar ghetto, put their hostilities on other races and working class immigrants while they are trapped by the same corporate organizations that exploit and control them? How would they find their common ground?

Notes:
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1st Produced:
American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron St. Chicago, IL 60613    29 Oct 2013

Company:
American Theatre Company, 10 x 10 Festival

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  -            Female:  3            Other:  -

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In the Mist

Synopsis:
a 20 minutes play, contains of 3 episodes, deals with an immigrant woman who struggles in an alienated society with loneliness and alienation. She journeys through her past in search of a future.

Notes:
another production was in Iowa City

1st Produced:
New York City    1993

Company:
Studio Theatre

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Music:
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Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Lion In My Eyes, A

Synopsis:
a woman who was imprisoned by a lion in her girlhood tells her story in a surrealistic way.

Notes:
One woman show, A reading in Iowa City

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Genre:
20 Minutes

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Male:  -            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Living With A Tiger Man

Synopsis:
In a tenuous situation under certain political circumstances, a middle class intellectual marries her comrade from a working class background for the sake of her idealistic ideology. He turns out to be a tiger man.

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Mad As the Blood Sound, Or, Gang Lu Bought Two Guns

Synopsis:
Based on the shooting event at the University of Iowa in November 1st 1991. Lu Gang the Chinese student, who killed 6 university members, tells his truth about the cause of his mass murder. the play is a discovery through his internal life, revealing his political view on immigration, alienation, racism and isolation.

Notes:
Readings in New York City women's projects-1993, Room 41 And Victory gardens in 2006 in Chicago.

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Genre:
One man show

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Maryam's Pregnancy

Synopsis:
Set in Iran during the Iran-Iraq war, Maryam a 17 year-old girl who identifies herself with Rapunzel, gets pregnant out of wedlock. To protect her from brutal punishment in a male-dominated society, her mother locks her up in a dark cellar. after 7 months of loneliness, fear and hunger, she gives birth and then murders her baby.

Notes:
Maryam's Pregnancy has Had several productions And readings.

1st Produced:
Iowa City    1990

Company:
University of Iowa

1st Published:
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Music:
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Male:  1            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Medea Was Born In Fallujah

Synopsis:
a 20 Minutes play about an Iraqi woman living in exile.

Notes:
Readings At the University of Maryland Writer's House, And Women And theatre Conference in New Orleans in 2007

1st Produced:
Lincoln Square Arts Center in Chicago    2008

Company:
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1st Published:
Witness, 2006   -

Music:
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Metamorphosis

Synopsis:
Set in Paris in 1980s, is about a distressed woman artist who crosses the border, takes refuge in France after the execution of her husband by a totalitarian regime. Melancholic and in despair, she meets a French journalist who had been reporting during the height of political events in her country. In the intensity of sharing her past, love grows between them, culminating in an explosion of dazzling creativity.

Notes:
Metamorphosis had several readings.

1st Produced:
University of Iowa, Iowa City    1989

Company:
University of Iowa

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Music:
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Male:  6            Female:  1            Other:  -

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My Name Is Inanna

Synopsis:
the main character Inanna, retrieved from the historical texts, the Sumerian goddess of love, justice and civilization, is a modern Middle eastern woman who is in search of identity, justice and freedom, leaves her mother country, where she had been imprisoned there under the dictatorial regime for several years until she flees the country in search of freedom. after receiving a political asylum in the U.S., dreaming of democracy, she practices the expression of freedom of speech. But she faces new forms of sexism, racism and false-democratic slogans. It is a crucial historical moment after September 11, and she is being arrested for her opposition to war in the Middle eastern region. Handcuffed alone in a holding area, she speaks for 55 minutes, reliving her experiences of politics and incarceration in her native country, as well as those of her newly adopted country

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Women and Theatre Confrence at el Centro Su Teatro in Denver- Colorado    2008

Company:
Women and theartre Program, el Centro Su Teatro

1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  -            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Parallel Mirrors

Synopsis:
a Kurdish woman, who lost her lover in a bombing attack during Iran-Iraq war, travels around the world in search of love and the meaning of life. after years of exploration and experiences, an old man reveals his true love. But it is only an illusion.

Notes:
Reading in Iowa City 1990

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Male:  6            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Rapunzel's Gone Bald

Synopsis:
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1st Produced:
athe Conference in Los Angeles    -

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Genre:
Ten Min

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Male:  -            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Romeo And Juliet In the Dark Alleys Of Tehran And Labyrinthine Corridors Of Columbine High School

Synopsis:
a bilingual play, in Persian and english. a political view on Iranian and American teenage restlessness

Notes:
Staged reading in Chicago in 2000

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Roses Roses For Sohrab

Synopsis:
a full length play on the last moments of Sohrab Shalid Saless' life, the Prominent Iranian filmmaker in Chicago

Notes:
the play is written in Persian language.. Cultural Seminar (Chicago) 2005, Film Society (Los Angeles) 2010

1st Produced:
6th Theatre Festival(Koln- Germany)    1999

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Two Iranian Children

Synopsis:
Two Iranian twin sisters reunite after twenty two years of separation caused by the Iranian regime. One remains in Iran, the other one takes refuge in France, where her life turns in completely opposite direction.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Mess Hall (Chicago), Film Society (Los Angeles)    2010

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You're Not A Man!

Synopsis:
ahmad an afghan interpreter and two American interrogators working for a military base in Afghanistan, speak their truth about an innocent young farmer and taxi driver who was shackled and brutally tortured for four days and died at Bagram prison, a detention center 40 miles north of Kabul.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Copernicus Cultural and Civic Center, Chicago    -

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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