" من پتانسیل قوی در بازیگران ایرانی می بینم. این فرهنگ، زبان ایرانی دارد و این زبان امکان بازیگری و نمایش را پدید می آورد که انحصاراً مربوط به تئاتر و جایگاه نمایش نیست در جاهای دیگر هم وجود داد. من موضوعی را تعریف می کنم و آن این که از شخصی که حرف می زنم بی نام و نشان است. در چند سال پیش که به ایران آمده بودم و به اصفهان رفته بودم در یکی از روزهای تعطیل و عزاداری دستهای را دیدم. مطمئناً در آن روز در بازار اصفهان من تنها فرد خارجی بودم. در آن دسته شیون و گریه زاری زیادی می شد و انسان ها زیادی رنج می بردند. اما از آنجا که من شیعه نیستم موقعیت بسیار مشکلی داشتم و تنها کسی بودم که در این دسته گریه نمی کردم. من بازیگر بسیار خوبی هستم ولی آن جا خجالت می کشیدم که گریه کنم. کنار من چند مرد ایستاده بودند که زار زار گریه می کردند یکی از آنها که به من نزدیک تر بود هنگام عزاداری و وسط گریه و زاری رو به من کرد و گفت می خواهی فرش بخری؟ و در عین حال به سختی گریه می کرد. این بزرگترین بازیگری بود که من دیدم."
روبرتو چولی، سرپرست گروه بازیگران تئاتر آلمان
به نقل از روزنامهی مشارکت 11/11/77
صفحه ی 77 کتاب جامعه شناسی خودمانی، حسن نراقی
“I can see great potential in Iranian actors. This culture is enriched with Persian language and this language provides the possibility of acting and performing which is not only limited to theatre but exists elsewhere as well. I am going to tell you the story of an anonymous person. When I came to Iran years ago, on my trip to Esfahan on a mourning holiday, I saw a “Daste” (group of people mourning and marching). I was for sure the only foreigner in Esfahan’s bazaar on that day. There was a lot of crying and shouting of pain through that “Daste” and apparently people were suffering deeply. But since I am not a Muslim, I was having a very difficult situation and in fact was the only one who was not crying. I am a very good actor, but there, was embarrassed to cry. A few men were standing next to me who were all mourning and crying loudly. Suddenly, one of the men who was closer to me gently whispered through his deep cries: ”Do you want to buy Carpet?” He was by far the best actor I have ever seen.”
Roberto Choli - Head of actors’ crew of the German theatre
Taken from Mosharekat news paper, 31-Jan-1998
Reference is made to Pg 77 of the book “Intimate Sociology” - Written byHasan Naraghi
Overview and HistoryTehran is the capital of Iran and the largest city in the Middle East, with a population of fifteen million people living under the peaks of the Alborz mountain range.Although archaeological evidence places human activity around Tehran back into the years 6000BC, the city was not mentioned in any writings until much later, in the thirteenth century. It's a relatively new city by Iranian standards.But Tehran was a well-known village in the ninth century. It grew rapidly when its neighboring city, Rhages, was destroyed by Mongolian raiders. Many people fled to Tehran.In the seventeenth century Tehran became home to the rulers of the Safavid Dynasty. This is the period when the wall around the city was first constructed. Tehran became the capital of Iran in 1795 and amazingly fast growth followed over the next two hundred years.The recent history of Tehran saw construction of apartment complexes and wide avenues in place of the old Persian gardens, to the detriment of the city's cultural history.The city at present is laid out in two general parts. Northern Tehran is more cosmopolitan and expensive, southern Tehran is cheaper and gets the name "downtown."Getting ThereMehrabad airport is the original one which is currently in the process of being replaced by Imam Khomeini International Airport. The new one is farther away from the city but it now receives all the international traffic, so allow an extra hour to get there or back.TransportationTehran driving can be a wild free-for-all like some South American cities, so get ready for shared taxis, confusing bus routes and a brand new shiny metro system to make it all better. To be fair, there is a great highway system here.The metro has four lines, tickets cost 2000IR, and they have segregated cars. The women-only carriages are the last two at the end, FYI.Taxis come in two flavors, shared and private. Private taxis are more expensive but easier to manage for the visiting traveler. Tehran has a mean rush hour starting at seven AM and lasting until 8PM in its evening version. Solution? Motorcycle taxis! They cut through the traffic and any spare nerves you might have left.People and CultureMore than sixty percent of Tehranis were born outside of the city, making it as ethnically and linguistically diverse as the country itself. Tehran is the most secular and liberal city in Iran and as such it attracts students from all over the country.Things to do, RecommendationsTake the metro to the Tehran Bazaar at the stop "Panzda Gordad". There you can find anything and everything -- shoes, clothes, food, gold, machines and more. Just for the sight of it alone you should take a trip there.If you like being outside, go to Darband and drink tea in a traditional setting. Tehranis love a good picnic and there are plenty of parks to enjoy. Try Mellat park on a friday (fridays are public holidays), or maybe Park Daneshjou, Saaii or Jamshidieh.Remember to go upstairs and have a look around, always always always! The Azadi Tower should fit the bill; it was constructed to commemorate the 2500th anniversary of the Persian Empire.Tehran is also full of museums such as:the Contemporary Art Museumthe Abghine Musuem (glass works)the 19th century Golestan Royal Palace museumthe museum of carpets (!!!)Reza Abbasi Museum of extraordinary miniaturesand most stunning of all,the Crown Jewels Museum which holds the largest pink diamond in the world and many other jaw-dropping jewels.Text by Steve Smith.