Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Iranian prison officials stage "rebirth"

All the world's a stage for Iranian prison officials. Those now producing forced confessions en masse have apparently had plenty of practice eliciting performances from ordinary prisoners. Press TV reports that seven women who face the death penalty or life imprisonment are starring in a hit in Shiraz:
Directed by Sirous Mahboudi, the production of Rebirth has opened at Abu Reyhan Hall and has been warmly welcomed by audiences.

The performers appear on stage handcuffed and accompanied by prison guards, ISNA reported.

One of the prisoners, been sentenced to life for attempted armed robbery, said the excitement of live performance made her regret her earlier choices.

"I would never have involved myself in an armed heist had I known of the thrill of theater life," she mused.

Praising the cooperation of Shiraz prisons' cultural units, head of the city's theater association, Hossein Qahremani, stressed the success of the performance and offered his encouragement for similar constructive projects.
Performances starring millions, anyone?

See also: Wings breaking through a web: Iranian persistence in resistance
Press TV finds "outside interference" in Uyghur uprising

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