Tale of emperor’s murder unfolds in School of Drama’s ‘Death of Yazdgerd’

Picture of the School of Drama's poster for "Death of Yazdgerd"
Pictured is the poster for the School of Drama's presentation of Bahram Beyzai’s "Death of Yazdgerd," being staged Dec. 5-8.

Bahram Beyzai’s “Death of Yazdgerd,” the second of three shows in the Yale School of Drama’s 2017-2018 program, goes up at the Iseman Theater on Dec. 5 with opening night on Dec. 6.

A description from the YSD’s 17-18 program reads: “The year is 651. A miller is condemned to death for the apparent murder of Persian Emperor Yazdgerd III. The miller’s wife and daughter offer wildly conflicting accounts of what transpired in an effort to confound his accusers and save his life. ‘Death of Yazdgerd’ celebrates the rich storytelling tradition of Iran, and questions the nature of justice in a world where history is told only by the victors.”

Death of Yazdgerd” has been translated by Manuchehr Anvar and is directed by Shadi Ghaheri, a third-year M.F.A. candidate from Tehran, Iran.

The play features scenic design by Jon Bondi-Ernoehazy, costume design by Mika H. Eubanks, lighting design by Samuel Kwan Chi Chan, music direction and sound design by Michael Costagliola, composition by Mohsen Namjoo, projection design by Yaara Bar, visual art/mural by Iman Raad, dramaturgy by Ariel Sibert, technical direction by Kevin Belcher, and stage management by John Carlin.

The cast includes José Espinosa, Sean Boyce Johnson, Francesca Fernandez McKenzie, Sohina Sidhu, James Udom, Setariki Wainiqolo, and Curtis Williams.

Death of Yazdgerd” is playing from Tuesday, Dec. 5 through Friday, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. and on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m at the Iseman Theater, 1156 Chapel St. Tickets start at $25, or $15 for students. They are available for purchase now online at drama.yale.edu, by phone at (203) 432-1234, and in person at the Yale Repertory Theatre box office at 1120 Chapel St.

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