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Isfahan Blues

  • Buriel Clay Theatre 762 Fulton St San Francisco, CA, 94102 United States (map)

Isfahan Blues
presented by Golden Thread
Fridays-Sundays, May 2-24,
Fridays and Saturdays 8:00PM, Sundays 3:00PM
Buriel Clay Theatre, African-American Art and Culture Complex,
762 Fulton Street, San Francisco

Inspired by Duke Ellington Orchestra’s 1963 tour to Iran, Isfahan Blues imagines an unlikely friendship between an American jazz musician and an Iranian actress. As they travel together to Isfahan, “the most beautiful city in the world,” Jazz inspires them to test the limits of freedom, creativity, and experimentation.

Contrary to today’s political stalemate between the US and Iran, this production aims to shed light on a little-known historical moment when a uniquely American art form inspired generations of young Iranian musicians.

In a brand new video interview, we sat down with members of the Isfahan Blues creative team to discuss the life and legacy of Vida Ghahremani, one of the most prolific Iranian film stars of the 1950s and 60s. 

Not only is Vida the inspiration behind our production, but she also stars in the show. Dramaturg Nakissa Etemad, director Laura Hope, and playwright Torange Yeghiazarian, who is Vida's daughter, discuss what it's like to share this experience with her on stage and off.