FIRE BOKSER by Bahram Beyzaii, Mehrdad Khameneh, Linnea Vetland & Charlott-Andrea Stapnes


By Bahram Beyzaii, Mehrdad Khameneh, Linnea Vetland & Charlott-Andrea Stapnes

  • Release Date: 2012-02-20
  • Genre: Performing Arts
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Bahram Beyzaii’s Four Boxes (1979) is one of the Beyzaii’s more directly allegorical works about social and political realities governed by fascism and is a study of how a society manufactures its own dictators. Four characters appear on stage as four colors: yellow, green, red, and black, symbolizing intellectuals, clergy, merchants, and laborers respectively. At the beginning, in order to safeguard the interests of his own class, each contributes to the making of a scarecrow as guardian against some unknown external threat. Soon, however, the figurehead comes to life and becomes an autocratic depot that rules by the motto Divide and Conquer. The scarecrow breaks their alliance, and forces them to build four boxes, in which each is confined. This confinement is, however, self-imposed. Each character is more afraid of the others than of the despotic scarecrow. What we see in Four Boxes is what we are faced to see in our real life. In Four Boxes, seriousness is a form of joke, jest and fun, and its jest is also a form of seriousness.