WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT

A play by Nassim Soleimanpour / Iran

No rehearsals. No director. No set.
A different actor reads the script cold for the first time at each performance.

“I was born on Azar 19th, 1360 in Tehran. That’s Tehran, December 10th, 1981 in Christian years…”

Forbidden to leave his country, playwright Nassim Soleimanpour distilled the experience of an entire generation in a wild, utterly original play. WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT is a work about contemporary Iran and of Nassim’s generation. A generation born amidst the hardship of the Iran-Iraq war. A generation of computer-literate, well-informed young people who have never known an Iran other than the Islamic Republic.

WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT has been performed over one thousand times worldwide including by Whoopi Goldberg, Nathan Lane, Alan Cumming, Martin Short, Sinead Cusack, F. Murray Abraham, Cynthia Nixon, Stephen Rea, John Hurt. It has been translated into more than 20 languages.

“A playful, enigmatic and haunting solo show by the Iranian writer Nassim Soleimanpour.” –The New York Times

“A thoughtful, playful response to oppression.”  –The Guardian

“The whole experience is altogether funny and serious and surprising and you — by which I mean we — are all in it together.”
San Francisco Examiner

“A dazzling, transcendent piece of alive-and-kicking avant-garde theater.” –Entertainment Weekly

Duration: 60-70 minutes.
Age suitability: 14-plus.
Venue capacity: Up to 250

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Performance history

Edinburgh Festival Fringe  2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Summerworks Festival, Toronto, Canada
Bytom Festival, Poland (in Polish)
Speltheater Holland, Amsterdam & Edam, The Netherlands
Dublin Fringe Festival, Ireland
Oslo International Theatre, Norway
The Arches, Glasgow, UK
PAZZ Festival Oldenburg, Germany (in German and English)
San Francisco International Arts Festival
Iranian Festival, Brick Theater, Brooklyn NY
Nightingale Theatre, Brighton, UK
The Cultch, Vancouver, Canada
Speeltheater Amsterdam, The Netherlands (in Dutch)
LIFA, Greece (in Greek)
Magnetic North Theatre Festival, Calgary, Canada
LIFT Festival, London
Espace Libre, Montreal, Canada
Queens University, Ontario, Canada
Festival Internacional de Teatro de Sao Jose do Rio Preto, Brazil (in Portuguese)
Latitude Festival, UK
Yale Cabaret, New Haven CT USA
Mercury Theatre, Colchester, UK
University of North Texas, USA
Quartieri dell’Arte Festival, Viterbo, Italy (in Italian)
Schauspielhaus, Düsseldorf, Germany (in German)
World Theatre Festival, Brisbane, Australia
Bristol Old Vic, UK
On the Boards, Saskatchewan, Canada
Theatre Xtra, Lethbridge, Canada
Live Theatre, Newcastle, UK
Scenarobocza, Poznan, Poland (in Polish)
BIOS, Athens, Greece (in Greek)
Company of Fools, Ottawa, Canada
Canoe Festival, Alberta, Canada
Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne, Australia
Silo Theatre, Auckland, New Zealand
Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival, Cairo, Egypt (in English & Arabic)
Amsterdam Fringe Festival, The Netherlands (in Dutch)
Theatre du Trillium, Ottawa, Canada
Theater Alliance, Washington DC, USA
Anacostia Playhouse, Washington DC, USA
Taffety Punk Theater Company, Washington DC, USA
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, Washington DC, USA
No Rules Theatre Company, Signature Theatre, Arlington VA, USA
1st Stage Theatre, McLean VA, USA
Dog & Pony at Source Theater, Washington DC, USA
Millennium Theater at Kennedy Center, Washington DC, USA
HUB Theatre, Fairfax VA, USA
Round House Theater, Bethesda MD, USA
Faction of Fools, Gallaudet University, Washington DC, USA
Instant Cafe Theatre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Instant Cafe Theatre, Penang Island, Malaysia
Whitehorse Theatre, Yukon, Canada
DMV Theatre, Halifax, Canada
English Theatre, Berlin, Germany
Alsomirschmeckts! Theater, Bremen, Germany
UAlbany Performing Arts Center, Albany NY, USA
Chicago Humanities Festival, USA
Festival Centro Histórico, Mexico City
East Gippsland Shire Council, Mallacoota, Australia
East Gippsland Shire Council, Bairnsdale, Australia
The ARTS Project, London ON, Canada
Arts Milldura, Australia
Swirsky’s, Cornerbrook, Newfoundland, Canada
NUS Arts Festival, Singapore
Court Theatre, Christchurch, New Zealand
Grønnegades Kaserne Kulturcenter, Næstved, Denmark
Slagelse Concert Hall, Slagelse Denmark
Kulturhuset Galaksen, Værløse, Denmark
Brecht Festival, Svendborg, Denmark
The Street Theatre, Canberra, Australia
Zeitgeist Stage Company, Boston Center for The Arts, USA
Epic Theatre Company, Cranston RI, USA
Theatertreffen, Berlin, Germany
Auditorium Louis-Philippe-Poisson, Trois-Riveres, Quebec, Canada
Open Ears Festival, Kitchener, Canada
Holt Festival, UK
Lorne Festival, Newtown, Australia
Perth Theatre Company, Australia
Theatre North, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

Burnie Arts Center, Tasmania, Australia
Don Russell PAC, Gosnells, Australia

Broome Civic Centre, Western Australia
Esperance Civic Center, Western Australia
Kalamunda Performing Arts Center, Western Australia
Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
MandurahPerforming Arts Center, Western Australia
West Gippsland Arts Center, Western Australia
Koorliny Arts Centre, Kwinana, Warragul, Australia
Bunbury Entertainment Centre, Western Australia
Matt Dann Cultural Centre, South Hedland, Australia
Out of Hand Theater, Atlanta, USA
Fringe Arts Festival, Philadelphia, USA

Brecht Festival, Svendborg, Denmark
Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling, Scotland UK
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland UK
The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter UK
Vilniaus mažasis teatras, Vilnius, Lithuania
Radar Festival, Bush Theatre, London UK
Contact Theatre, Manchester UK
Théâtre Le Public, Brussels Belgium
Théâtre La Seizième Vancouver Canada
Theatre Projects Manitoba, Winnipeg Canada
The Arts’ Nest, Phoenix Theater, Minneapolis USA
Oconomowoc Arts Center, Wisconsin USA
Singapore Fringe Festival
Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville NY USA
Nugget Fringe Festival Nevada County CA USA
Fringe San Miguel, Mexico
Adelaide Fringe, South Australia
KC Fringe, Kansas City MO USA
Wright State University, Dayton OH USA
Northwestern University, Evanston IL USA
University of Massachusetts at Amherst USA
University of Iowa Riverside Theater USA
Tasmanian Theatre Company, Hobart Australia
Lakeside Theatre, Colchester UK
TheatreLAB, Richmond VA USA
Lincoln Center Education, New York
Théâtre National du Luxembourg (in German, English and Luxembourgish)
Saga Teatern, Linköping Sweden
Sodra Teatern, Stockholm Sweden
Palladium, Arvika Sweden
Yellow Springs Theater, OH USA
Cleveland Public Theater
Dalateatern, Falun Sweden
Goldbekhaus, Hamburg Germany
Kalmar Teater, Kalmar Sweden
Växjö Teater, Sweden
Norrbottensteatern, Luleå Sweden
Arenan, Karlstad Sweden
Färgelanda Kommunhus, Sweden
Folkets Hus, Umeå Sweden
Waterford Town Hall, ON Canada
Circus Culture, Ithaca NY
Westside Theater, New York NY
Motel Theater, Calgary AB
Tricklock Theater, Albuquerque NM
Prithvi Theatre, Mumbai India
Wellesley College, MA
12 Peers Theater Pittsburgh, PA
Chicago Home Theater Festival
San Francisco International Arts Festival
Centrepoint, Palmerston North, New Zealand
The Cherry, Ithaca NY
La Teatreria, Mexico City
Actor’s Workshop, Tallahassee FL
Festival Players Prince Edward County, Canada
Alley Theatre, Houston TX
Bootleg Theater, Los Angeles CA
Southbank Centre, London UK
Freedom Festival Hull, UK
Vara Konserthus, Sweden
Efof Lindälvs gymnasieskola, Kungsbacka Sweden
Folkan Teatern, Kumla Sweden
Palác Akropolis, Prague Czech Republic
Hammargården, Gnosjö Sweden
Kulturens Hus, Sölderhamn Sweden
Scenkonst Hudiksvall, Sweden
Förslövs Skola, Båstad Sweden
Bredgatan 3, Lund Sweden
Halmstad Teater, Sweden
Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, Tokyo Japan
The Lion & The Unicorn Theatre, London UK
Wooloongabba Substation, QLD Australia
Serious Play Ensemble, Northhampton, MA
Company of Fools, Hailey & Ketchum ID
Radial Theatre Project, Seattle WA
Aforementioned Productions, Oberon, Cambridge MA
Centro Cultural Plaza Fatima, San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico
Weissenkirchen, Melk, Austria
Royal Croquet Club, Adelaide Fringe
Théâtre National de Nice, France
Teatro Filadrammatici, Milan Italy
University Theatre, Liege Belgium
Palac Akropolis, Prague Czech Republic
Barts, Barcelona, Spain
Kings Cross Theatre, Sydney, Australia
Vila Mariana, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Theater aan het Vrijthoft, Maastricht, Netherlands
Amphibian Stage, Fort Worth TX
Nevada Conservatory Theater, Las Vegas NV
Majestic Repertory Theatre, Las Vegas NV
TheLABlv, Las Vegas NV
Cockroach Theater Company, Las Vegas NV
Las Vegas Little Theater
Underground Theatre, Ocean Springs MS
New Stage Theatre, Jackson MS
Barcelona Arts on Stage, Spain
Creative Regions, Queensland Australia
Theater of BUAP University, Puebla Mexico
Arts Centre Melbourne, Australia
SESC Jundiaí Brazil
SESC Piracicaba Brazil
SESC Registro Brazil
Inside-Out Theatre, Beijing China
Little Church Theater, Holderness NH
Star Bar Players Colorado Springs CO
Pipedream Productions, Denver CO