Faceless Monologues are a series of four theater pieces in absolute darkness, written and performed by Alireza Abbasy.

The audience, seated on the floor within predetermined areas, is immersed in a highly visual experience in which there are no literal images. Removign the sense of sight and making use of verbal, perceptual and mental forms of imagery, these pieces take the audience on a journey through words and movements (of the performer).

Could there be a theater/performance without image? Can one get rid of image altogether in a theater piece? If there is absolutely nothing to see in a performance can it actually be considered imageless? What remains of image if there is no sense of sight?

A performance in absolute darkness leaves no room for literal imagery, it removes the spectacle, but not the image, if we admit the verbal, perceptual and mental dimensions of image. Image would be unavoidable, a true omnipresent, in case we admit that the domain of visuality is not restricted to the graphic (or the literal) image.

In the form of monologues, these pieces explore notions such as non-normativity and whiteness without ever using such terms.

Monologue 4: Prince, a Dialogue for One Voice

Monologue 3: Moederland

Monologue 2: Wilder(s)

Being an Iranian, a Comedy in Three Parts

© Alireza Abbasy