Performance: Puzzle

Borzou Arjmand
Ehsan Karami
Sun March 5th 2023, 7:00 - 8:45pm
Event Sponsor
Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies
Event is open to
Experience Type
Dinkelspiel Auditorium
471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford, CA 94305

Join us for a showing of Puzzle starring Borzou Arjmand and Ehsan Karami.

IMPORTANT NOTES: The play is in Persian. Doors open at 6:20 PM, play begins promptly at 7:00 PM. Per the performers' request, late seaters will not be admitted once event begins. Performance is 100 minutes without intermission. Masks are strongly recommended.

About the play

Puzzle, written and directed by collaborators Borzou Arjmand and Ehsan Karami, follows four characters from four critical periods in Iranian history—the 1950s, 60s, 70s, and 80s—each of whom is a storyteller at "Parkway Square" in Tehran. These characters are related to each other without knowing it—albeit in different times and places. A poet (based on the real-life story of Bijan Targhi), a soldier, a bus driver, and a Gypsy musician, narrate for us important events of Iran's society during these four decades. The show is full of music, singing and comedy, and romantic and tragic moments, that are narrated on stage in the context of Iranian society.

Borzou Arjmand is an actor who was born in 1975 in Mashhad, Iran. He started his career in television and starred in Bahman Zarin Poor’s Under the Dark Blue Dome series in 1995. His most notable activities in acting are Mehran Modiri’s series such as Barareh Nights, Bitter Coffee and Man of Many Many Faces. He has also been nominated for Best Actor for the Bitter Coffee series from Image of The World Festival.

Ehsan Karami is an Iranian actor, voice-over artist, and singer. He is best known for his voice-over acting as Azizam Bebakhshid in the Kolah Ghermezi series, as Semsar-Bashi in Khaleh Ghorbagheh. He is known for The Accomplice (2020), 360 Degrees (2015), Exclusive (2015), Red Jacket (2022), the Alijenab series, the Heyat Modireh series, Ham Gonah series, and recently the Shabak-e Makhfi Zanan series.

The play is a production of Sheed Films. 

Part of the Stanford Festival of Iranian Arts.

If you need a disability-related accommodation for this event, please contact us at iranianstudies [at] (iranianstudies[at]stanford[dot]edu). Requests should be made by February 24, 2023.