Feathers Of Fire: A Persian Epic


Los Angeles
October 20-29, 2017
The Wallis in Collaboration with Mark Amin
Tickets @ TheWallis.org/Feathers

San Francisco
November 3-5, 2017
The Cowell Theater at Fort Mason
Tickets @ FortMason

Running time: 70 minutes, in English.
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“Fantastic!  One of the great epics of all time and my favorite “Shahnameh” brought to life in a spectacular fashion by Hamid Rahmanian with shadow puppets design and cinematic wizardry” – Francis Ford Coppola

  • Conceived, designed and directed by Hamid Rahmanian
  • In collaboration with Larry Reed and ShadowLight Production
  • Produced by Fictionville Studio and Banu Productions
  • Represented by Lisa Booth Management.

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Feathers of Fire

A Persian Epic is a visually breathtaking cinematic shadow play for all ages, created by Hamid Rahmanian, a 2014 Guggenheim fellowship-winning filmmaker/visual artist.

The play unfolds an action-packed magical tale of star-crossed lovers from the 10th-century Persian epic Shahnameh (‘The Book of Kings’), – Zaul and Rudabeh, who triumph at the end against all odds.

Rahmanian’s graphics, derived from the visual tradition of the region, will be rendered as puppets, costumes, masks, scenography and digital animation, all of which will come to life in a “live animation” shadow casting technique perfected by shadow master Larry Reed on a cinema-size screen.

The play also features an original score by the acclaimed musical team, Loga Ramin Torkian & Azam Ali.

Feathers of Fire had its world premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2016.



  • Conceived, Designed and Directed by Hamid Rahmanian
  • In Collaboration with Larry Reed and ShadowLight Productions
  • Original Music by Loga Ramin Torkian and Azam Ali
  • Produced by Fictionville Studio and Banu Productions
  • Written by Hamid Rahmanian Co-writer: Vikas Menon
  • Producers: Hamid Rahmanian, Melissa Hibbard and Nasim Yazdani
  • Co Producer: Ahmad Kiarostami
  • Based on the book, Shahnameh: The Epic of the Persian Kings
  • Storyboards & Concept Development by Syd Fini
  • Puppets handcrafted by Neda Kazemifar and Spica Wobbe
  • Digital Media Directed and Orchestrated by Mohammad Talani
  • Assistant Director: Fred C. Riley III
  • Performed by Aureen Almario, Ya Wen Chien, Caryl Kientz, Rose Nisker, Fred C. Riley III, Lorna Velasco, and Dina Zarif
  • Musicians and Vocals: Loga Ramin Torkian, Azam Ali, Sinan Cem Eroglu, Habib Meftah Boushehri, Omer Avci and Iman Ali Torkian
  • Costumes made by Dina Zarif
  • Technical Research and Consultations: Stephen Clifford, I Made Moja and Tyler Gothier
  • Puppet, Mask, Scenery, Costume Construction: I Made Moja, Marcius Noceda, Aureen Almario, Ya Wen Chien, Sara Gambina-Belknap, Caryl Kientz, Rose Nisker, Djuna Odegard, Fred C. Riley III, Mohammad Talani, Lorna Velasco, Dina Zarif, and Aaron Shores
  • Laser Cut: Sara Pisheh Design and Amir Esfahani
  • Sound Design: Robert Cazin
  • Sound Engineer: Tyler Gothier
  • Additional Animation: Motion Light and FlickerLab/Harold Moss
  • Voice Overs: Jessica Lynn Carroll, Jeri Lynn Cohen, Lisa Hori-Garcia, Stephanie Hunt, Rose Nisker, Larry Reed, Fred C. Riley III, Nancy Shelby, Ryan Tasker, Charlie Varon, Hamid Rahmanian, Marc Thomson, Aureen Almario, Lorna Velasco, and Dina Zarif
  • Voice Over Casting: Jeri Lynn Cohen
  • Voiceover Recording: Soundtank/Tom Lattanand, Mohammad Talani
  • Head of Production at Fictionville Studio: Melissa Hibbard

A project of Two Chairs

Our Incredible Funding Group


  • Sponsored by Canon under A project of Two Chairs

Additional funding provided by:

  • Maximum Difference Foundation
  • Shahab Tehrani and Nazila Habibizad
  • Babak Agha and Meroeh Meraji
  • Shahin Jansepar
  • Majid & Maryam Rahimian
  • Kamran Bahadorzadeh
  • Gita M Razavi
  • Mahmoud Haghighi and Minoo Askari
  • Keyvan Bahadi
  • Kathryn Arcangeli
  • Javad Bazrafshan
  • Cyrus Meehan
  • Azadeh Amani-Taleshi
  • Susan Watson

Special thanks to Ahmad Kiarostami, Neda Amidi, Bita Shafipour, Steven McIntosh, Sheila Canby, Ahmad Sadri, Mahsa Hakimi, Parastou Mabodi, James Longley, Scott V. Burkhardt, Gregory P. Scalco, Negin Karbassian, Ali Azimi, and Jane Reed.


About the Project


Iran has a rich and diverse culture that very few people outside the region are aware of. One such example, the Persian epic, Shahnameh, is one of the most important literary works of Iran, written over 1,000 years ago by the poet Ferdowsi.

Our goal is to present a more holistic view of Middle Eastern cultures, particularly that of Iran to wider audiences by presenting stories and aspects of Shahnameh in different media, which we are collectively calling “The Shahnameh Project.”

The first of this project, Shahnameh: The Epic of the Persian Kings, a 600-page illustrated new translation and adaptation and published in 2013 by Quantuck Lane Press/WW Norton, is now in its 4th printing. The second is an elaborate pop-up book due out Fall 2016 by Fantagraphics Books.

FEATHERS OF FIRE: A PERSIAN EPIC, the shadow play, is the third part of “The Shahnameh Project.”


There is a great power in live performance.

FEATHERS OF FIRE: A PERSIAN EPIC exposes children and adults to a broader view of this world. It introduces new characters and places, teaches them about the history of civilization and reinforces the positive attributes of what it means to be human.

It is our intention to highlight the strength of the culture and promote a more complex and interesting view of Iranian culture in the United States.

With all performances, we intend to offer ancillary programming to bring the story and culture much closer to the audience.

Our focus especially will be young demographics. We will offer school matinees with chances for children to interact with artists, hands-on shadow theatre workshops and other fun activities, through which to inspire young minds for new perspectives on the people and cultures around them and beyond. We consider this as one of the essential aspects of FEATHERS OF FIRE: A PERSIAN EPIC.