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 by Nathan Lane, Alan Cumming, Whoopi Goldberg, Martin Short, Sinead Cusack, F. Murray Abraham, Cynthia Nixon, Stephen Rea, John Hurt. It has been translated into more than 25 languages and performed over 2,000 times!

“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 or more

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Performance history

White Rabbit Red rabbit has been performed over 2,000 times…

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
Artist’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
Radial Theater Seattle WA
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
Public Theatre, Little Rock AR
Bush Theatre, London UK
Seoul Performing Arts Festival, Arko Theatre, South Korea
Nonstop Festival, Moss Norway
Scranton Fringe Festival, PA
Town Hall Theater Middlebury VT
Otero Moreno Teatro SantaCruz de la Sierra Bolivia
Midnight Sun Theatre Anchorage AK
Ringling International Arts Festival Sarasota FL
Urbanite Theatre Sarasota FL
Spektakel Wien, Vienna Austria
Theater Speilraum Vienna Austria
Ambasada Timisoara Romania
Reps Theatre Harare Zimbabwe
Theatre Guild of Ancon, Panama City
Utah Presents, Kingsbury Hall Salt Lake City UT
Teatro Luigi Pirandello Lima Peru
Teatro Bellini Naples Italy
Teatro Biondo Palermo Italy
Teatro Vascello Rome Italy
Omaha Community Playhouse, NE
Center Stage Baltimore MD
Spektakel Wien Vienna Austria
Theater Speilraum Vienna Austria
Actors’ Theatre Grand Rapids MI
Artists Repertory Theatre Portland OR
Ground Floor Theatre Austin TX
Spor5 Stavenger Norway
21C Museum-Hotel Bentonville AR
Arts Nest Minneapolis MN
Teatro Piccolo Bellini Naples Italy
Angelo Mai Rome Italy
Open House Theater Vienna Austria
Posthof Linz Austria
Studio Theater The Villages FL
Staatstheater Wiesbaden
Apollo Theater Foundation Hyderabad India
Schauspeilhaus Graz Austria
Attic Arts Club London UK
Dallas Theater Center TX
Teatro Mori Parque Arauco Santiago Chile
Scene di Paglia Festival Legnaro Italy
Mala Voadora Porto Portugal
Teatro Civico Cagliari Italy
Town Hall Theatre Chester MA
Interrobang Theater Chicago IL
Teatro Laura Betti Casalecchio del Reno Italy
Mala Voadora Porto Portugal
Available Light Theater Columbus OH
NEST Teatro Naples Italy
Teatro Verdi Naples Italy
Jatka78 Prague Czech Republic
M.T. Pockets Theatre Morgantown WV
Invisible Theatre Tucson AZ
Comédie de l’Est Colma France
Teatro Bellini, Naples Italy
Mala Voadora, Porto, Portugal
Teatro Laura Betti, Casalecchio del Reno, Italy
Euro Theater Centra, Bonn, Germany
Mala Voadora, Porto, Portugal
Teatro Mori Parque Arauco, Santiago, Chile
Teatro Civico, Cagliari, Italy
Museo de Jade, San José, Costa Rica – Costa Rican premiere!
Teatro Timbre4, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Angelo Mai, Rome, Italy
Teatro Piccolo Bellini, Naples, Italy
Spor5, Stavanger, Norway
Actors’ Theater Company, Michigan, USA
Omaha Community Playhouse, Nebraska, USA
Teatro Pirandello, Lima, Peru
Fondazione Feltrinelli, Milan, Italy
Pembroke College, Cambridge, UK
Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh, UK
Teatro Biondo, Palermo, Italy
Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School Vineyard Haven MA
Pathways Art Space Auinnah MA
Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse MA
Troy Foundry Theatre Troy NY
Teatro Sannazaro Naples Italy
Átrium Budpest Hungary
New Hampshire Theater Project Portsmouth NH
Great River Shakesepeare Festival Winona MN
The Ensemble Company Oviedo FL
Shoot the Moon Productions Brattleboro VT
Colby College Waterville ME
ArtsEmerson Boston MA
University of Wisconsin Madison
Casona dada San Vicente Córdoba Argentina
Teatro Flotante Corrientes Capital Argentina
La Fabrica Cultural Puerto Tirol Chaco Argentina
Teatro Gladys Ravalle Mendoz Argentina
La Usina Peña Chaco Argentina
Tia Tota Teatro San Luis Argentina
Salzlager Hall in Tirol Austria
Kindrenvandevilla Zoersel Belgium
Aymbere Produções Artísticas Botucata Brasil
The Cultch Vancouver Canada
Derrick Chua Toronto Canada
Public Energy PA Peterborough ON Canada
Teatro Biobío Concepción Chile
Teatro Ateneo Porfirio Barba Jacob Medellín Colombia
Jazz Villa Projects La Habana Cuba
Teatro Garage Santa Tecla El Salvador
Moritzbastei Lipezig Germany
Staatheater Mainz Germany
English Theater Berlin Germany
Flottmann-Hallen Herne Germany
La Strada Bremen Germany
Theaterturine Leipzig Germany
Grube Ferdinand, Neustadt (Wied) Koeln Germany
Kinder- und Jugendtheater Speyer Germany
Chamaeleon Berlin Germany
Theater Alte Brücke Frankfurt Germany
Gozde Atalay Kokkoris Athens Greece
Centro Cultural de España en Guatemala
Bambu Centro cultural Tegucigalpa Honduras
Atrium Budapest Hungary
QTP Entertainment Pvt. Ltd & Natak Company Mumbai India
Belltable & Bigger Picture Projects Limerick Ireland
March Teatro Ancona Italy
Tokyo Japan
La Teatrería Mexico City
Theater Lampegiet Veenendaal Netherlands
Parktheater Eindhoven Netherlands
Cultura Ede Netherlands
Silo Theatre Auckland New Zealand
Greytown Little Theatre New Zealand
Nøtterøy Kulturhus Norway
OLO Junction Lahore Pakistan
Planta Baja Art Studio Panama City Panama
Festival Artes Eséncias de Lima Peru
Inside-Out Theatre Beijing China
Makaronka Theater Rostov on Don Russia
Teatrozoom Madrid Spain
Reginateatern Uppsala Sweden
23 Comedy Club Taipei Taiwan
Schouburg De Lawei Drachten Netherlands
Schoubuerg Het Park Hoorn Netherlands
Zwolse Theater Zwolle Netherlands
Zaamtheater Zaandam Netherlands
De Maaspoort Theater Venlo Netherlands
Schouburg Amstelveen Netherlands
Kunstmin Dordrecht Netherlands
Spot Groningen Netherlands
Theater de Purmaryn Netherlands
Theater Het Klooster Woerden Netherlands
Het Speelhuis Helmond Netherlands
Theater aan de Parade Hertogenbosch Netherlands
Theater Orpheus Apeldoorn Netherlands
Theater De KiK Elst Netherlands
de Rijswijkse Schouwburg Netherlands
De Harmonie Leeuwarden Netherlands
BREStheater Brielle Netherlands
Theater Lampgiet Veenendaal Netherlands
Stadschouwburg Utrecht Netherlands
Theater Rotterdam Netherlands
Parktheater Eindhoven Netherlands
Theater de Bussel Ooosterhout Netherlands
Stadsgehoorzaal Vlaardingen Netherlands
Theater Sneek Netherlands
Isala Theater Capelle den Ijessel Netherlands
TAQA Theater De Vest Alkmaar Netherlands
Parkstad Limburg Theaters Heerlen Netherlands
De Kleine Komedie Amsterdam Netherlands
Theater de Winsinghof Roden Netherlands
Het Klooster Delfzijl Netherlands
Theater aan de Schie Scheidam Netherlands
Frans Hals Museum Haarlem Netherlands
Theater Ins Blau Leiden Netherlands
Muiderslot Muiden Netherlands
Neslihan Kaymak Istanbul Turkey
Hayal Atölyesi Tiyatrosu Samsun Turkey
Everyman Theatre Cheltenham UK
Caxton Theatre Grimsby UK
Freedom Festival Hull Truck Theatre UK
Brighton Little Theatre UK
The Lowry Salford UK
Assembly Roxy Edinburgh Scotland
St Paul’s Church New York City USA