Cover photo: wall mural, former US embassy, Tehran, Iran

Three Nights in Tehran

John Strand
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A comedy about the Iran-Contra affair.

Production Info

Cast: 8 total (1 female, 7 male)
Full Length Comedy (about 100 minutes)
Single Set
Contemporary Costumes
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Press Quotes

“Heroic … Sharp … Wonderfully nuts … The antic lunacy of a Busby Berkeley routine … Strand’s Ollie North is not just the butt of the play but its suffering hero. He’s like a lawbreaker out of Ibsen, maybe a little crazy but with a genuine, shining integrity.” —The Washington Post

“John Strand’s THREE NIGHTS IN TEHRAN is a furiously comic take on the Iran-Contra affair … Inherently theatrical … A farce exploring the outer limits of American diplomatic folly … Strand’s stage version of North consciously echoes elements of Othello’s overzealous passion, the hubris of Plautus’s braggart soldiers and a mania for damage control reminiscent of Moliere’s inadvertent clowns like Harpagon and Orgon … THREE NIGHTS IN TEHRAN excels at presenting the havoc wreaked on linguistic means by ideological ends.” —American Theater Magazine

About the Author


  • John Strand

    John Strand is the author of LINCOLNESQUE, a comedy about politics and madness in Washington, D.C. (The Cleveland Play House, directed by Michael Bloom) and LORENZACCIO, his adaptation of Alfred de Musset's 1834 French classic (The Shakespeare Theatre, Washington, D.C., directed by Michael Kahn). Strand also wrote the book for the musical THE HIGHEST YELLOW, with a score by Michael John LaChiusa, at Signature Theatre, Arlington, VA. His other plays include LOVERS AND EXECUTIONERS, Arena Stage, winner of the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play; THE DIARIES, commissioned by Signature Theatre and nominated for the MacArthur Award; and TOM WALKER, commissioned by Arena Stage. Additional plays are OTABENGA, directed by Michael Kahn at Signature Theatre, and nominated for the MacArthur; an adaptation of Molière's THE MISER set in Reagan-era America, at Arena Stage; THREE NIGHTS IN TEHRAN, a comedy about the Iran-Contra affair, Signature Theatre; THE COCKBURN RITUALS, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Co. Mr. Strand spent ten years in Paris, where he worked as a journalist and drama critic, writing in English and French, and directed New York University's Experimental Theater Wing in Paris. His plays are published by Broadway Play Publishing, New York.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 9/1/2010
Pages 80
ISBN 9780881454314

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Three Nights in Tehran is produced
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