IBNA- Iranian playwright and theater director Mehrdad Rayani Makhsous has joined a project titled "Global Hope”, performing 100 plays based on ‘Decameron’ by Italian author Giovanni Boccaccio, in 100 countries during 100 days.
Kicked off yesterday, the online project aims to bring the world together to take action on COVID-19 pandemic as an urgent crisis. It has been organized by the largest Romanian theater National Theater Craiova in cooperation with directors from 100 countries. Each play takes 14 minutes, Iran Theater website reported.
‘The Decameron’, subtitled ‘Prince Galehaut’ and sometimes nicknamed ‘l'Umana commedia’ (The Human comedy), as it was Boccaccio that dubbed Dante Alighieri's ‘Comedy Divine’, is a collection of novellas by the 14th-century Italian author Giovanni Boccaccio (1313–1375).
The book is structured as a frame story containing 100 tales told by a group of seven young women and three young men; they shelter in a secluded villa just outside Florence in order to escape the Black Death, which was afflicting the city. Boccaccio probably conceived of ‘The Decameron’ after the epidemic of 1348, and completed it by 1353.
Rayani Makhsous will his play next Monday at 9:30 p.m. on https://hektomeron.com. The first story of the eighth part is a piece to be carried out by Ryani's ensemble. Romanita Ionesco will accompany Ryani as an actress in the play.