White Rabbit, Red Rabbit
by Nassim Soleimanpour
An Aurora Nova Production
October 27 – March 31, 2014
A different actor reads the script cold for the first time at each performance.
Will you participate?
Will you be manipulated?
Will you listen?
Will you really listen?
‘I was born on Azar 19th, 1360 in Tehran. That’s Tehran, December 10th, 1981 in Christian years … ’ Imagine being 29 and forbidden to leave your country. Nassim Soleimanpour dissects the experience of a whole generation in a wild, utterly original play from Iran. Forbidden to travel, he turns his isolation to his own advantage with a play that requires no director, no set and a different actor for every performance.
White Rabbit, Red Rabbit performed in 2014 on the following dates.
|January 6th, 8:00PM||No Rules Theatre Company at Signature Theatre||Featuring Joshua Morgan*|
|January 12th, 7:00PM||1st Stage Theatre||Featuring Michael Russotto*|
|January 19th, 7:30PM||dog & pony dc at Source Theatre||Featuring Wyckham Avery|
|February 3rd, 6:00PM||The Kennedy Center||Featuring Mitchell Hébert*|
|February 10th, 7:00PM||Theater Alliance and Anacostia Playhouse||Featuring Adele Robey|
|February 17th, 7:00PM||Taffety Punk Theatre Co. at CHAW||Featuring Lise Bruneu*|
|February 22nd, 7:00PM||HUB Theatre||Featuring Jenna Sokolowski*|
|February 24th, 7:00PM||Round House Theatre Bethesda||Featuring Maboud Ebrahimzadeh|
|March 10th, 7:00PM||Olney Theatre Center||Featuring Helen Hedman*|
|March 16th, 7:30PM||Faction of Fools at Gallaudet||Featuring Matthew R. Wilson*|
|March 31st, 7:00PM||Keegan Theatre||Featuring Timothy H Lynch|
* Denotes member, Actors’ Equity Association
White Rabbit, Red Rabbit performed in 2013 on the following dates.
|27 October 2013||Anacostia Playhouse, 7:00PM||Jennifer Mendenhall*|
|09 November 2013||Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 8:00PM||Michael Glenn*|
|16 November 2013||Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 8:00PM||Nadia Mahdi|
|23 November 2013||Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 8:00PM||Gwydion Suilebhan|
|02 December 2013||Anacostia Playhouse, 7:00PM||Michael Tolaydo*|
|15 December 2013||Anacostia Playhouse, 7:00PM||Jacobi Howard|
* Denotes member, Actors’ Equity Association
NASSIM SOLEIMANPOUR is an independent multidisciplinary theatre maker from Tehran, Iran. Best known for his play White Rabbit, Red Rabbit, written to travel the world when he couldn’t, his work has been awarded the Dublin Fringe Festival Best New Performance, Summerworks Outstanding New Performance Text Award and The Arches Brick Award (Edinburgh Fringe) as well as picking up nominations for a Total Theatre and Brighton Fringe Pick of Edinburgh Award.
Nassim is an experienced public speaker, most recently as a panelist for the World Theatre Festival Brisbane’s “In Conversation” series.
Currently developing a new play, Nassim lives happily in Tehran with his wife and new puppy.
“One of the most fascinating shows in Washington right now… Theatergoers who are game for a puzzle and a prick of the conscience will want to catch it.”
“I loved it for two reasons, because it is something entirely unique, which is nearly impossible to do in this day and age of continuous iteration, and because it asks hugely important questions of the audience about the nature of life itself, which made me laugh and made me think, and made me feel. What more can you ask from any work of theater?”
“White Rabbit, Red Rabbit is full of humor, with none of the heaviness one might expect from a work devoted to serious social examination… White Rabbit, Red Rabbit is one you shouldn’t miss the first time around. Highly Recommended“
Simply to involve as many people in the conversation as possible. The power of this piece is heightened when people of all forms of theatrical, political, international, and sociological backgrounds come together to share in it.
We invited professors from the DMV area to attend the performances for free. if they are moved by the piece, we would like to bring it to their university. This is a chance to spark campus-wide dialogue with the next generation of great leaders and thinkers.
We also continued our partnership with Calvary Women’s Services. The group came to see a private performance of Rabbit and then had an incredible discussion a few days later about the power of the piece. They decided to write their own play, and wrote an email to Soleimanpour to express their appreciation for his piece.Dear Nassim, We are part of the Calvary Women’s Group, a shelter for women in need. We recently saw White Rabbit, Red Rabbit at the Anacostia Playhouse in Washington, DC. We too are trapped in some ways. We have a 6pm curfew. Due to the fact that we don’t have our own place, we’re subject to rules that we don’t always agree with. But rules are rules, and wherever you go there are rules. You have to find something to free yourself from beyond the walls of Calvary. Our individual thoughts on your play (We will leave our names out): “I am an aspiring writer. Some parts of your play were touching.” “Although your play was difficult to understand, I wish nothing but the best for your writing career and whatever you’re going through.” “I pray that you get through the difficult times that you’re going through. The play was interesting and confusing. I hope one day that you soon will be free.” “I enjoyed participating even though I did not understand it all.” “I didn’t like the part about the red rabbit.” “I was the red rabbit and I took the abuse well. He was swearing at me, cussing me out. The other rabbits.” “Are you writing another play? Is there a part two? Is there a brown rabbit?” Thank you for your play. We will try not to tear each other apart for going after the carrot. We will build each other up and support each other. We are part of the story now. We all have experienced hatred. It’s not a one person show anymore. Best of luck. -The Calvary Rabbits