THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CRYSTAL FIELD
WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT
This is an Et Alia Theater Production
Written by Nassim Soleimanpour
Performed by Maria Müller
Produced by Luísa Galatti and Ana Moioli
$18 for general admission, $10 for students
Running Time: 60 minutes
Will you participate? Will you be manipulated? Will you listen? Will you really listen?
With no rehearsals, no director, a different actor each night, and a script waiting in a sealed envelope on stage, internationally acclaimed White Rabbit Red Rabbit, by Iranian writer Nassim Soleimanpour, is an audacious theatrical experiment and a potent reminder of the transgressive and transformative power of theatre.
Forbidden to leave his native Iran, Soleimanpour wrote a play which travelled the world in his place. The audience joins each different performer on a journey into the unknown; stumbling upon the personal and profound, the limits of liberty and ultimately where theatre can take you. Since its joint premiere in 2011, the play has been translated into over 25 different languages and has been performed over 1000 times by some of the biggest names in theatre and film, including actors Whoopi Goldberg, Nathan Lane, John Hurt, Simon McBurney, Stephen Fry, Sinead Cusack, Marcus Brigstocke and Ken Loach.
Note: This play is NOT overtly political, and should not be portrayed as such. It operates on a deeper, metaphoric level, and very expressly avoids overt political comment. All media and press agents have to keep in mind that the playwright is an Iranian native. We therefore ask the press to be judicious in their reportage.
Let There Be Theatre – A Call to Action on March 13th:
Friday the 13th of March 2020 was the day most theatres in the world had to shut down. Initially it was thought that the closure would last just one month or maybe two or until July at the very latest. It soon became clear that most venues had to remain dark for a long time. The longest theatre shutdown in modern history.
Aurora Nova, for the second time, invites theatres worldwide to mark the anniversary of that day by creating an extraordinary global event that celebrates live theatre and the resilience of our sector. An event that generates much needed income as well as hope and inspiration in this time of uncertainty and isolation. On the 13th of March 2022 in all countries in the world we want a play to be staged. A play which is living proof that creativity can overcome adversity.
At 8pm in every time zone there will be a multitude of shows starting at the same time for 24 hours, thus creating a massive theatric community.
Et Alia Theater’s mission statement:
Et Alia Theater is a NYC based theater company founded and led by international women. We bring together an unfamiliar combination of foreign and immigrant voices and offer them a space to explore their multicultural perspectives. We use our art to expose the obstacles experienced by immigrant women and empower our community. Et Alia is Latin for ‘And Other’: we create art for the other, by the other, and about the other.
The story behind the idea:
“Ten years ago, almost to the day, Wolfgang Hoffmann, Aurora Nova’s Director performed in a show at the Fadjr Festival in Tehran. At the festival hotel he was introduced to a young unpublished playwright, who did not have a passport, because he had refused to do military service. In order to get his work in front of an audience, he had devised a play that had to be performed as a cold read, without the need of a director, set or rehearsals. All it needed was for a brave performer to agree to read a text in front of a live audience, without first knowing what the play was about. Wolfgang liked this young man and loved his idea and spontaneously agreed to help produce his show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe later that year. When he finally saw the show performed live, he realised what this playwright had achieved. Through the power of his words alone he had written himself to freedom.
Now, ten years on, the play White Rabbit Red Rabbit has become one of the most widely performed plays in the world. It has been translated into over 30 languages and been performed by some of the most respected actors in the business. The playwright, Nassim Soleimanpour now lives in Berlin and realises that our world is trapped, much like he was ten years ago. So the idea was born to offer his play as a vehicle to connect and empower producers, artists and audiences around the world. Theatre’s have been invited to produce White Rabbit Red Rabbit on the 13th of March, 2022 completely free of charge. The performance can happen in any kind of venue, large or small, indoors or outdoors, whichever is permissible under local Covid restrictions. The venues and artists will keep the income they receive for the performance. Aurora Nova encourages producers to donate a portion of the takings to a worthy cause, to aid someone in their community in need of help. Although it also would be completely fine if that someone is the producer. The performer can be of any gender or occupation (it doesn’t have to be a trained actor), but it is imperative that they do not know the play or see the script before performing it in front of an audience.
The play requires no set, no direction and no rehearsal. It is a one-time experience because the performer will have its opening and closing night of this play at the same time.” ~ Aurora Nova/Wolfgang
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Starting January 29, 2022, children ages 5 to 11 must also show proof of full vaccination. They must show they have received at least one dose of a vaccine.
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