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Russians Hail New Theatrical Insight

Russians Hail New Theatrical InsightRussians Hail New Theatrical Insight

The play ‘White Rabbit, Red Rabbit’ written by Nassim Soleimanpour had a successful staging in Moscow, Russia last week.

The 60-minute play, translated into different languages and staged in many countries, had four showings in Moscow; all welcomed by the Russian audiences who saw new glimpses of contemporary playwriting in Iran, IRNA reported.

Of a special kind, unique in its form, the play has no director and the script itself drives the play. With no rehearsal, no director, no set, a different actor each night, and a script waiting in a sealed envelope on stage, the internationally acclaimed play “is a brand new theatrical experiment and a potent reminder of the transformative power of theatre.”

Utterly original, the play is an absurdist adventure that blends comedy and drama. It is performed by distinct actors in each showing, reading a script they see for the first (and last) time as they step onstage in front of a live audience. Using a menagerie of allegorical animals, the play grapples with the social phenomena of power, obedience, and manipulation.


A brilliant work of theater composed of a rabbit, a bear, a ladder, a circus, a carrot, some poison, a playwright, an actor and you, ‘White Rabbit, Red Rabbit’ brings its author in touch with the audience “to have a shared, intimate and exhilarating experience” despite being separated by thousands of miles.

Since its joint premiere in 2011 in Edinburgh and Summerworks festival, the play has been translated into 15 different languages and been performed over 200 times by some of the biggest names in theatre and film.

Born in 1981 in Tehran, Nassim Soleimanpour is an independent multidisciplinary theatre maker. His work ‘White Rabbit, Red Rabbit’ 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 Total Theatre and Brighton Fringe Pick of Edinburgh Award.