Abbas Nalbandian (Persian: عباس نعلبندیان) (1947 – 28 May 1987) was an Iranian playwright who wrote several absurdist plays in the 1960s and 1970s. His plays had very long and strange names. For example, his first play was “A deep, big and new research about fossils of 25th genealogy period, or 20th, or any other period, there is no difference” (1966 ).
Nalbandian was under the effects of European absurdist theatre and he tried to bring new ideas and methods from European drama into Iranian drama. He committed suicide on 28 May 1987. He recorded his voice at the time of dying.
Some of his plays
- A deep, big and new research about fossils of 25th genealogy period, or 20th, or any other period, there is no difference (1966 )
- If Faust was a real friend (1967)
- Research (1968)
- Putting a chair by the window and sitting on it and watching a long, dark, calm, cold night of the desert (1970)
- Harem (1977)
- A story about raining of kindness and death (1977)
- Khalaj, Mansoor. (1992). Iranian Playwrights. Tehran: Akhtaran. ISBN 964-7514-13-1
- McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of World Drama 0070791694 Stanley Hochman, McGraw-Hill, inc - 1984 "The most important of these was film director Arby Ovanessian (1942- ), who staged not only foreign playwrights such as Adamov, Beckett, Chekhov, and Camus, but also gifted Iranian dramatists such as Abbas Nalbandian (1947- )."
- The World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre: Volume 5 Katherine Brisbane, Ravi Chaturvedi, Ramendu Majumdar -1134929773 2005 "Ironically, more than half a century later, in 1968, on the occasion of 'Abbas Nalbandian's play Pazhuheshi (Research), the theatre again was being discussed in the Parliament as an 'indecent' activity."