White Rabbit Red Rabbit performs March 13 at 7 p.m. at the Hippodrome Theater in Downtown Gainesville.
Will you attend? are you being manipulated will you listen will you really listen
With no rehearsals, no director, an actor and a screenplay waiting on stage in a sealed envelope, Iranian writer Nassim Soleimanpour’s internationally acclaimed White Rabbit Red Rabbit is a bold theatrical experiment and a powerful reminder of the transgressive and transformative power of the theatres.
Soleimanpour, forbidden to leave his native Iran, wrote a play that went around the world in his place. The audience accompanies the actor on a journey into the unknown; Stumbling over the personal and the profound, the limits of freedom and ultimately where theater can take you.
Since its joint premiere in 2011, the play has been translated into over 25 different languages and performed over 1000 times by some of the biggest names in theater and film, including actors Whoopi Goldberg, Nathan Lane, John Hurt, Simon McBurney and Stephen Fry, Sinead Cusack, Marcus Brigstocke, and Ken Loach.
Recommended for viewers aged 12+ (at presenter’s discretion)
Note: This piece is NOT overtly political and should not be portrayed as such. It operates on a deeper, metaphorical level and explicitly avoids overt political commentary. All media and press agents must remember that the playwright is an Iranian by birth. We therefore ask the press to be careful in their reporting.
“Wildly unpredictable and utterly unforgettable, White Rabbit Red Rabbit is a slap in the air at self-expression; a testament to the power of words to transcend cultures and borders. They must be there.” New Zealand Herald
Dublin Fringe Festival Best New Performance 2012
Summerworks Outstanding New Performance Text Award 2011
The Arches Brick Awards, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011
About Nassim Soleimanpour
Nassim Soleimanpour is an independent multidisciplinary theater maker based in Tehran, Iran. His plays have been translated into 20 languages. Best known for his play White Rabbit Red Rabbit, written to travel the world when he couldn’t, his work has won Dublin Fringe Festival Best New Performance, Summerworks Outstanding New Performance Text Award and Arches Brick Award (Edinburgh Fringe) as well as nominations for a Total Theater and Brighton Fringe Pick of Edinburgh Awards.
When Nassim was first allowed to travel in early 2013, his play White Rabbit Red Rabbit had been performed over 1000 times in 20 languages. Since then, Nassim has moderated workshops and panels in various countries including World Theater Festival (Brisbane), Tolhuistuin (Amsterdam), SESC Vila Mariana (Sao Paulo), Schauspielhaus (Vienna), DPAC (Kuala Lampur), Theatertreffen (Berlin), British Council (London), Asia House (London) and University of Bremen (Germany).
Nassim’s second play Blind Hamlet for the London-based Actors Touring Company premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2014 and has since toured the UK extensively, being well received in Bucharest and Copenhagen. His third piece BLANK premiered at the Dancing on the Edge Festival in Amsterdam and Utrecht in November 2015, followed by performances at the Radar Festival in London.
2017 saw the premiere of Nassim’s latest play, the NASSIM of the same name, in which the playwright himself is on the stage. Co-produced by the Bush Theater in London, the play premiered to great acclaim at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and won the prestigious Scotsman Fringe First Award. Nassim now lives in Berlin with his wife Shirin and dog Echo and tours the world with NASSIM while working on new material for the stage.