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NASSIM

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

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NASSIM

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

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“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.

“One of the most unique and touching experiences I've ever had!” –PCS Audience Member
NASSIM speaks eloquently of living and working in a place with a language not your own.” –The New York Times

How audience members have described the show (no spoilers!):

  • "Assume nothing! Expect a heartfelt introduction to a stranger's life."
  • "Don't ask any questions. Have a cool things in your pockets. Go!"
  • "The format – audience and performer sharing an exciting, unique experience each night – is built upon and cleverly communicates the touching, genuine life experience of the playwright."
  • "An intimate, playful way to connect across cultures. A celebration of the power of language and its risks!"
  • "It happens in a theater but isn’t quite a play. The playwright is involved in a whole new, engaging, humorous, personal way."
  • "The best walk-a-mile-in-someone-else’s-shoes experience I’ve ever had."
  • "It never occurred to me that such a beautiful story could be told in this way."

More About This Production

Preview image for *Nassim* Reading List

Nassim Reading List

Calling all readers! Multnomah County Library put together a reading list inspired by our production of Nassim.

Meet the Cast & Creative Team

The Cast

(He/Him)

Nassim is an Iranian playwright and the Artistic Director of the Berlin-based Nassim Soleimanpour Productions. His plays have been translated into over 40 languages and were performed thousands of times by the biggest names in the industry worldwide. Best known for his plays White Rabbit Red Rabbit and NASSIM, he has mastered the format of cord-read, where a new actor performs his plays for the first and last time in front of a live audience. On March 13,  2021, to mark the anniversary of COVID, 120 producers across the globe put on White Rabbit Red Rabbit at the same local time. In 2024, he will premiere his new play ECHO at the London Royal Court and release Mr. K and the Flowers by audible.

Local Performers

Each night, a new, unrehearsed local performer joins the playwright on stage. These are listed below according to the date and time of their performance.

Saturday, March 30, 2024 at 7:30pm Zia McCabe
Sunday, March 31, 2024 at 7:30pm Charles Grant
Wednesday, April 3, 2024 at 7:30pm Crystal Ann Muñoz
Thursday, April 4, 2024 at 7:30pm Chris Murray
Friday, April 5, 2024 at 7:30pm (Opening) Larry Owens
Saturday, April 6, 2024 at 7:30pm Brian Kidd (Unipiper)
Sunday, April 7, 2024 at 2:00pm Subashini Ganesan-Forbes
Sunday, April 7, 2024 at 7:30pm Allen Nause
Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at 7:30pm Lee H. Tillman
Thursday, April 11, 2024 at 11:00am (Student Matinee) Dr. Zena (McDaniel High School)
Thursday, April 11, 2024 at 7:30pm Jennifer Lanier
Friday, April 12, 2024 at 7:30pm David Saffert
Sunday, April 14, 2024 at 2:00pm Susannah Mars
Sunday, April 14, 2024 at 7:30pm Joaquin Lopez
Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at 7:30pm Matt Zaffino
Thursday, April 18, 2024 at 2:00pm Madeleine Tran
Thursday, April 18, 2024 at 7:30pm Dana Green
Friday, April 19, 2024 at 7:30pm Cristi Miles
Saturday, April 20, 2024 at 2:00pm Isaac Lamb
Saturday, April 20, 2024 at 7:30pm Darius Pierce
Sunday, April 21, 2024 at 2:00pm Courtney Freed
Wednesday, April 24, 2024 at 7:30pm Bobby Bermea
Thursday, April 25, 2024 at 2:00pm Gerrin Delane Mitchell
Thursday, April 25, 2024 at 7:30pm Ashley Song
Friday, April 26, 2024 at 7:30pm Lacey Evans
Saturday, April 27, 2024 at 2:00pm Joseph Costa
Saturday, April 27, 2024 at 7:30pm Dana Millican
Sunday, April 28, 2024 at 2:00pm Cynthia Shur Petts
Sunday, April 28, 2024 at 7:30pm Montserrat Andreys
Wednesday, May 1, 2024 at 7:30pm Kevin Cook/Poison Waters
Thursday, May 2, 2024 at 2:00pm Michele Mariana
Thursday, May 2, 2024 at 7:30pm Francisco Garcia
Friday, May 3, 2024 at 7:30pm La' Tevin Alexander
Saturday, May 4, 2024 at 2:00pm Reid Ewing
Saturday, May 4, 2024 at 7:30pm (BIPOC Affinity Night) Rebby Yuer Foster
Sunday, May 5, 2024 at 2:00pm Linda Hayden
Sunday, May 5, 2024 at 7:30pm Beth Thompson
Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at 7:30pm Conor Eifler
Thursday, May 9, 2024 at 2:00pm DJ Curtis
Thursday, May 9, 2024 at 7:30pm Orion Bradshaw
Friday, May 10, 2024 at 7:30pm Andy Perkins
Saturday, May 11, 2024 at 2:00pm Nicole Marie Green
Saturday, May 11, 2024 at 7:30pm Katie Nguyen
Sunday, May 12, 2024 at 2:00pm (Closing) Chris Williams

The Creative Team

Dana Petersen, Stage Manager
(She/Her)

Dana is so excited to be back at Portland Center Stage for her fourth season. Previous shows at PCS include Dracula: A Feminist Revenge Fantasy, Really Young AmericansIt’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Playtick, tick … BOOM!Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Assistant Stage Manager); RENTThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeRedwood; and In the Heights (Production Assistant). Dana has also worked at Third Rail Repertory Theatre, Portland Playhouse, and The Old Globe. Dana graduated from The Ohio State University (Go Bucks!) and is a proud member of Actors Equity Association.

For This Production

Taz Coffey, Production Assistant

Mads Hamilton (They/Them), Sound and Video Engineer, 

Heather Taylor (She/Her), Costume Maintenance Technician

What People Are Saying

Local Reviews

"In this play, the playwright is inviting the guest performer, and the audience, into a dance of empathy and connection." —Oregon ArtsWatch

"For an evening, family love and language learning successfully brought Nassim’s audience back to when they were all young." —Willamette Weekly

"NASSIM is more than an incredible piece of theatre. It’s an incredible experience. And one I recommend to anyone and everyone, especially if you’re feeling a little lonely and in need of some community." —BroadwayWorld

"That's the thing Nassim creates, in both its performers and in its audience: It's wonder, and it's delicate." —Portland Mercury

Audience Raves

"It was SO good! I didn’t know what to expect but definitely didn’t expect what it was. It was both funny and touching."

"Inventive, creative, well acted -- full of humor and a little pathos. All that we look for in your productions."

"This show connects all people and lets us share what we have in common. I love how it draws in the whole audience."

"It was just fantastic. Engaging, thoughtful, simple, and complicated! Loved it. Thank you."

"Funny, touching, thought-provoking … and we have only seen it once, so I imagine each performance is a bit different, which is genius."

"It produces wonder for both the playwright and the audience ... and the journey takes place in real-time!"

"I was all that I love about live theatre!! Unexpected, stimulating, accessible, unifying, and thought-provoking."

Critic Reviews

“The most unconventional theater experience you will ever encounter … It is a play for innovators, dreamers, and people who aim to break boundaries. It’s a breeze, it’s a delight, and it is a must-watch,” said Ishita Mathur, Pelican Magazine

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