“Theater for Living” published in Persian

TEHRAN – “Theater for Living: The Art and Science of Community-Based Dialogue”, a book by Canadian theater director David Diamond, has been published in Persian.

Mostafa Zafar Qahremaninejad is the translator of the book, which has been published by Now publications in Tehran.

Originally published in 2008, the book provides insight into the particular style of theater that Diamond developed, and which he calls “Theater for Living” (TFL).

The book combines Systems Theory, Fritjof Capra's groundbreaking work, Augusto Boal's Theater of the Oppressed, and Diamond's own 25 years of practical experience in community-based popular theater to create a comprehensive guide that embraces the complexity of real life.

The book explores how communities are living beings from a biology and sociology perspective and how theater practices can consciously work with them to help them tell their stories without demonizing those characters with whom they disagree.

It also questions whether constantly defeating oppressors is necessary and imagines a world where they stop being created.

Diamond highlights practical games and exercises that can be used to awaken group consciousness, and readers from various backgrounds, including artists, community development workers, educators, activists, and social services personnel, will find it useful.

“Theatre for Living: The Art and Science of Community-Based Dialogue” is the winner of the 2008 American Alliance for Theatre and Education "Book of Distinction" Award.


Source: Tehran Times