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Hallaj ()

Produced by

Modern Times Stage Company

Playwrights: Peter Farbridge and Soheil Parsa
Director: Soheil Parsa


The Alexander Street Chamber Theatre


November 18th, 2011 – December 4th, 2011


Forbidden thoughts…forbidden words… forbidden deeds… 

A modern re-telling of a true story from 9th century Baghdad. Hallaj was a legendary Sufi poet, teacher and philosopher whose teachings won the adoration of the public and rage of the political system. 

Orthodox leaders seize their opportunity when one reckless act becomes Hallaj’s indictable offense, and he is given one last choice: to recant and save his life or stand by his convictions and dance to his death. As he spends a final night in prison awaiting execution, Hallaj’s memories paint a portrait of a man conflicted by love for his family and a consuming search for spiritual truth. (Show Facebook Event)


Peter Farbridge Hallaj
Beatriz Pizano Jamil
John Ng Nasr
Steven Bush Junayd
Carlos González-Vio Sharif
Stewart Arnott Abdul / The Bookbinder
Costa Tovarnisky The Caliph / A Scribe / Hamid

Creative Team

Peter Farbridge Playwright
Soheil Parsa Playwright
Soheil Parsa Director
Trevor Schwellnus Set Designer
David DeGrow Lighting Designer
Angela Thomas Costume Designer
Thomas Ryder Payne Sound Designer
Thomas Ryder Payne Composer
Thomas Morgan Jones Movement Coach
Marilo Nuñez Assistant Director
Ric Knowles Dramaturgical Consultant


Dale Kim Stage Manager
Sue Balint Producer
Doug Morum Production Manager
Doug Morum Technical Director
Radoslav Smaczny Scenic Carpenter
Anna Treusch Scenic Artist
John Lauener Production Photography


Charissa Wilcox Head of Production
Adrien Whan Technical Director
Katherine Smith Technician