July 21, 2023

From Lust To Loyalty

Romance of Khosrow and Shirin


From lust to loyalty

Photo courtesy of the artist


Banafsheh Taherian (Actress and Writer) started her now famous podcast “Chai with Banafsheh” in the early days of the pandemic in 2020. She used her newly gained platform to tell the lesser heard stories of ancient Persia, but with a modern twist. She dedicated the first season of her program to the famous romance of Khosrow & Shirin. A highly elaborated fictional version of the story of the love of the Sasanian king Khosrow II for the Armenian princess Shirin, who becomes queen of Persia.

“From Lust to Loyalty” is a monologue play rooted in the romance of Khosrow and Shirin by Nizami Ganjavi (12th century Persian poet). Accompanied by sound design, and a live painting performance.

Poet: Nizami Ganjavi

Writer, Director, Actress: Banafsheh Taherian

Literary consultant: Dr. Farshid Sadat Sharifi

Sound Designer: Mehrsa Rahnama

Painter: Ebrin Bagheri

Composers: Kourosh Babaei, Danial Sheibani

Presented in Persian

Dates & Times

June 21
7:30pm – 9pm


Studio Theatre

Small theatre with fixed seating


Wheelchair Accessible

235 Queens Quay West
Toronto ON M5J 2G8

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