February – March 2009

The Prisoner of Second Avenue


The story revolves around the escalating problems of a middle-aged couple living on Second Avenue on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York City. Mel Edison, the main character, has just lost his job after many years and now has to cope with being unemployed at middle age, during an economic recession. The action occurs during an intense summer heat wave and a prolonged garbage strike, which just exacerbates Edison’s plight to no end as he and his wife Edna deal with noisy neighbors, loud sounds emanating from Manhattan streets up to their apartment and even a robbery of their apartment during broad daylight. Although his former boss sympathetically tries to lend Mel considerable money, Mel eventually suffers a nervous breakdown from the whole affair, and it is up to the loving care of his brother Harry, his sisters and Edna to bring Mel back to a firm reality.[wiki]

Written by: Neil Simon
Director: Mehdi Goleij
Translation: Shahram Zargar

Staring: Hosein Kashfi Asl, Mahlagha Bagheri, Saman Darabi, Delara Noushin, Noushin Tabrizi, Ayeh Kian Pour, Mohammad Arfaei.

First Director Assistant: Elaheh Afkhami
Second Director Assistant: Maryam Naeim Zadeh
Decor: Babak Kachichian
Costum: Elham Shabani
Stage Manager: Benyamin Bakhshi Zadeh, Elaheh Afkhami
Lighting: Karim Javanshir
Graphic Designer: Amin Shirazi

February and March 2009 – Molavi Theater – Tehran – Iran