(Washington, DC) – Theater Alliance continues its 11th Season with White Rabbit, Red Rabbit, a wild, utterly original play from Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour which distills the experience of an entire generation while also serving as a deep exploration of isolation, censorship, communication, manipulation, and the awesome power of spontaneity.
With no director, no set, and a different guest performer each night,White Rabbit, Red Rabbit is performed by distinct DC actors reading a script they see for the first time as they step onstage in front of a live audience. Using a menagerie of allegorical animals, the play is “not about Iran,” but grapples with the social phenomena of power, obedience, and manipulation. The play is written in Soleimanpour’s disarming voice, with each new actor serving as an impulsive, inimitable conduit for the playwright’s personality and ideas. Through the playwright’s insight and the interactive elements of the piece, the audience is invited to become fully immersed in his world.
Imagine being 29 years old and unable to leave your country. Iranian Nassim Soleimanpour is a conscientious objector who refused to take part in military service, mandatory for all Iranian men. Soleimanpour turned his isolation to his advantage with an absurdist adventure that blends comedy and drama.
Theater Alliance’s renewed mission is to develop, produce and present socially conscious, thought-provoking work that fully engages with our community in active dialogue. When Theater Alliance Producing Artistic Director Colin Hovde saw a performance of White Rabbit, Red Rabbit at the Magnetic North Theatre Festival in Calgary, Alberta (through the Canadian-Washington Theatre Partnership), he knew he had to bring the play to Washington DC. “It was over a year ago that I saw this performance in Canada, and it still sits with me to this day,”says Colin. “This piece is powerful in it’s humor, honesty, and provocation. It does not let any of us off the hook and asks us some really important questions.”
White Rabbit, Red Rabbit originally premiered in 2011 at Toronto’s Volcano Theatre in collaboration with Aura Nova Berlin.
White Rabbit, Red Rabbit will run for 7 initial performances from October 27 – December 15 at two different venues across Washington, DC. Each performance will feature its own unique actor.
White Rabbit, Red Rabbit will continue its run through March of 2014 with performances in collaboration with: Kennedy Center, HUB Theatre, No Rules Theatre Company, 1st Stage, dog & pony dc among other companies. Details for this portion of the run will be announced in December.
27 October 2013 | Anacostia Playhouse | Jennifer Mendenhall*
09 November 2013 | Capitol Hill Arts Workshop | Michael Glenn*
16 November 2013 | Capitol Hill Arts Workshop | Nadia Mahdi
23 November 2013 | Capitol Hill Arts Workshop | Gwydion Suilebhan
02 December 2013 | Anacostia Playhouse | Michael Tolaydo*
08 December 2013 | Anacostia Playhouse | Adele Robey
16 December 2013 | Anacostia Playhouse | Jacobi Howard
* Denotes member, Actors’ Equity Association
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Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
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Washington, DC 20003
This performance contains material not suitable for children; recommended for mature audiences.
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