ODC Theater, San Francisco

The Death of the King: Shows Postponed

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we have been forced to postpone our visit to San Francisco until Fall 2016. If you have already purchased tickets for this event, the Stanford ticket office will contact you for full refund. We apologize for this inconvenience and we look forward to being able to come to the States to perform our beautiful production for you.


"A crowning achievement..."
Jon Kaplan, Now Magazine

"Beyzaie's poetic, mystical and, at times, very funny play...turns a straightforward "whodunit" into an ever surprising power play."
Carly Maga, The Toronto Star

"...pulsing with emotion, energy and commitment thanks to the sensitive yet muscular direction...once again Parsa goes for the heart of a play and makes it throb with life and relevance. His cast is superb."
The Slotkin Review

"...Beyzaie wrote it around the time of the 1979 Iranian Revolution, and, like most works set in the past, it undoubtedly was meant to comment on the present.""
J. Kelly Nestruck, The Globe and Mail

"An intriguing and intrinsically theatrical tale..."
Vit Wagner, Toronto Star

7 shows only!


April 13th to 17th

A Modern Times Stage Company / The Theatre Centre co-production. Sponsored by the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies, The Stanford Festival of Iranian Arts, and the Bita Daryabari Endowment in Persian Letters.

Multiple award-winning Toronto theatre company, the Modern Times Stage Company, is coming to San Francisco for a limited run of its production of 'The Death of the King', by Bahram Beyzaie.

Departing from a single line in Persia's history books, critically-acclaimed Iranian playwright, Bahram Beyzaie wrote 'The Death of the King' shortly after the Iranian Revolution. Beyzaie's play tells the story of an ordinary family charged with treason, accused of killing their nation's ruler. The execution gallows are being prepared while a miller, his wife and their daughter, embark on a desperate bid to reveal the truth about their despotic yet desperate leader.

This highly-inventive and physical production explores the vulnerability of ordinary citizens struggling under the extraordinary circumstance of their political fate. Inspired by events that occurred 1,300 years ago, this play remains profoundly relevant to our times. Directed by award-winning Canadian director Soheil Parsa, this production should not be missed.


Written by Bahram Beyzaie
Translated by Soheil Parsa and Peter Farbridge
Directed by Soheil Parsa

Cast: Sean Baek | Steven Bush | Colin Doyle | Carlos González-Vio | Ron Kennell | Jani Lauzon | Bahareh Yaraghi

Scenographer: Trevor Schwellnus Composer/Sound Designer: Thomas Ryder Payne Costume Designer: Teresa Przybylski Stage Manager: Michael Hart Production Manager: Charissa Wilcox Producer: Sue Balint Associate Producer: Gabrielle Immelman Production Dramaturg: Ric Knowles Photo credit: Jeremy Mimnagh

Special Thanks To:
The Pat and Tony Adam's Freedom Fund for the Arts
The San Remo Hotel

The play will be performed in English.

The Company


Modern Times Stage Company is one of the most inventive theatre companies in the Toronto theatre scene today. With over sixty Dora Awards nominations and sixteen awards (Toronto's Tonys), the company has been seen by audiences in Colombia, Cuba, Bosnia, Denmark and Iran.

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The company is attracted to plays of universal and mythic themes, the focus being more philosophical than socio-political. Most of these plays -because of their philosophical roots-have been deeply political too, but their political aspects are always historical. Ultimately, the company's message is one of humanism.

Soheil Parsa is an award-winning director, actor, writer, dramaturg, choreographer and teacher, whose professional theatre career spans twenty-nine years and two continents.

In his native Iran, Soheil completed studies in Theatre Performance at the University of Tehran and began a promising career as an actor and director. Arriving in Canada with his family in 1984, Soheil completed a second Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies at York University and then went on to establish Modern Times Stage Company. In 1995 Soheil received a New Pioneers Award by Skills for Change for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts by a recent immigrant to Canada. Soheil’s own work at Modern Times has been recognized with five Dora Mavor Moore Awards, a Chalmers Fellowship in 2002, a senior artist creation grant from the Canada Council, as well as a number of international prizes and master class requests. In 2007 and 2010 he was short-listed for the Siminovitch Prize in Theatre Celebrating Directors, the highest honour in Canadian theatre. In 2012, Soheil was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contribution as a theatre artist to Canadian society.