|The Scarlet Stone|
by Mavis Manus
The pent-up energy and creativity of the Persian diaspora exploded in a spectacular way when the Persian Arts Society recently mounted THE SCARLET STONE at UCLAs Royce Hall.
itself, though rooted in the past, had obvious relevance as well. The
story focused on Sohrab, a young nobleman who believed deeply in justice
and equality, only to be killed on the battlefield by his ignorant father,
Rostam (symbol of paternalistic power and narrow-mindedness). The same
struggle which pits freedom vs. fundamentalism, youth vs. mullahs, is
taking place in Iran today, as we all well know.