Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic is a visually breathtaking cinematic shadow play for all ages, created by Hamid Rahmanian in collaboration with Larry Reed. The play unfolds an action-packed magical tale of star-crossed lovers from the 10th-century Persian epic Shahnameh (The Book of Kings).

ABOUT THE SHOW

Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic is a visually breathtaking cinematic shadow play for all ages, created by Hamid Rahmanian in collaboration with Larry Reed. The play unfolds an action-packed magical tale of star-crossed lovers from the 10th-century Persian epic Shahnameh (The Book of Kings). Inspired by Iranian visual traditions, Rahmanian uses puppets, costumes, masks, scenography and digital animation to bring the story to life on a cinema-sized screen. The show features original music by Loga Ramin Torkian & Azam Ali. 

 

ARTISTS

Hamid Rahmanian is an Iranian-American filmmaker and graphic artist. After an early career at Disney Feature Animation Company, Rahmanian started his own production firm, Fictionville Studio, in 1998. Fictionville Studio films have played festivals in LA, Toronto, Venice, and New York and garnered major international awards. Rahmanian’s films have been used in the social service sector to combat negative stereotypes about Iranians, to promote anti–capital punishment laws in the US, and to raise funds and awareness for the plights of disadvantaged women and girls around the world. Several of Rahmanian’s works have been broadcast internationally on PBS, Sundance, IFC, BBC, DR2, and Al Jazeera.
 
Rahmanian’s most recent project is the illustration and adaptation of the 10th-century Persian epic poem Shahnameh by Ferdowsi. Shahnameh: The Epic of the Persian Kings is a best-selling, 600-page art book published by The Quantuck Lane Press and distributed by W. W. Norton & Company.

 

PRESENTER

Blair Thomas & Co. is the organization behind the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival. Led by Founder and Artistic Director Blair Thomas, the company has been creating original, intimate puppet theater works since 2002.

The Studebaker Theatre opened at the historic Fine Arts Building in 1898. Previously a vaudeville house, a presenter of large-scale theatrical productions, and a cinema, the Studebaker was completely renovated in 2005 and is now a home for contemporary and classic performances in the heart of Chicago.

 

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