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The name 'Nassim' in both English and Farsi beside an image of the playwright, wearing glasses, resting his chin in one hand.
A co-production with Boom Arts
March 30 – May 12, 2024
In the Ellyn Bye Studio

“Dear performer. I want to show you something. Did you know, in Farsi my name is written like this: ‘.ROUPNAMIELOS MISSAN si eman yM’

From Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour (creator of the Off-Broadway smash hit White Rabbit, Red Rabbit) comes an audacious new theatrical experiment. Each night, a new, unrehearsed local performer joins the playwright on stage, while the script waits, unseen, in a sealed box... Touchingly autobiographical yet powerfully universal, NASSIM is a striking theatrical demonstration of how language can both divide and unite us.

“Soleimanpour makes a quietly persuasive case for theatre’s special power to foster empathy.” –The London Evening Herald

NASSIM speaks eloquently of living and working in a place with a language not your own.” –The New York Times


  • A Bush Theatre (UK) and Nassim Soleimanpour production
  • By Nassim Soleimanpour

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