Barrow Street Theatricals Host the US Premiere of NASSIM

Barrow Street Theatricals Host the US Premiere of NASSIM

Off-Broadway company Barrow Street Theatricals returns with the American premiere of the Nassim Soleimanpour and Bush Theatre production of NASSIM by celebrated Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour (White Rabbit Red Rabbit), featuring direction by Omar Elerian.

Barrow Street Theatricals, formerly Barrow Street Theatre, moves uptown to New York City Center, Stage II (131 West 55th Street) just for this production, with performances scheduled to begin on Thursday, December 6, 2018, ahead of an official opening night on Wednesday, December 12, 2018. Additional details will be announced shortly.

No rehearsals. A different guest actor at every performance. A sealed envelope. And some surprises. In his latest work, Nassim explores the power of language to unite us in these uncertain times.

NASSIM was originally commissioned and produced by the Bush Theatre and received its world premiere at the Bush Theatre, London, July 25, 2017.

Nassim Soleimanpour's first play, White Rabbit Red Rabbit, ran for more than nine months in New York, and was performed by Whoopi Goldberg, Bobby Cannavale, Nathan Lane, F. Murray Abraham, and other celebrated actors. It has been performed thousands of times in the United States and has been translated into more than 25 languages. NASSIM is his latest exploration into imaginative storytelling that also challenges traditional theatrical forms.

Tickets are available beginning today, and can be purchased by visiting www.NYCityCenter.org; on the phone by calling CityTix at 212-581-1212; or in person at New York City Center box office, open Monday-Saturday, noon-8pm, and Sunday, noon-7:30pm.

Nassim Soleimanpour is from Tehran, Iran. His plays have been translated into more than 30 languages and performed globally in over 50 countries. Best known for his play White Rabbit Red Rabbit, written to travel the world when he couldn't, his work 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 a Total Theatre and Brighton Fringe Pick of Edinburgh Award. By the time Nassim was permitted to travel for the first time in early 2013, his play White Rabbit Red Rabbit had been performed hundreds of times in more than a dozen languages. Since then Nassim has facilitated workshops and panels in different events including World Theatre Festival (Brisbane), Tolhuistuin (Amsterdam), SESC Vila Mariana (Sao Paulo), Schauspielhaus (Vienna), DPAC (Kuala Lampur), Theatertreffen (Berlin), Grob Theatre (Copenhagen), British Council London and The Bush Theatre (London), University of Bremen (Germany), ISPA (Edinburgh), TATA Litreture (India), FAE (Lima). Nassim's second play Blind Hamlet for the London based Actors Touring Company premiered at The LIFT 2014 and has toured in the UK and was received well in Bucharest and Copenhagen. His third play BLANK premiered in November 2015 simultaneously in Amsterdam, Utrecht and London and so far has been performed in the UK, Australia, Spain, Mexico, US, Argentina, India, Finland, Denmark and etc. His most recent play NASSIM produced by the Bush Theatre, London, and directed by Omar Elerian was premiered in August 2017 and won a Fringe First Award. A retrospective of Nassim's plays was held at the Bush Theatre right afterwards. Currently based in Berlin, the Iranian playwright is on his world tour with the new self-titled play NASSIM and will be all around the globe for around 200 days in 2018. He also runs his Berlin based company Nassim Soleimanpour Productions as the artistic director."

Barrow Street Theatricals was founded by Scott Morfee and Tom Wirsthafter in 2003 at its home in New York's historic Greenwich House, where they operated the 200-seat Barrow Street Theatre until September 2018. They have produced and presented numerous award-winning shows, including the Tooting Arts Club production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street; Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan MacMillan with Jonny Donahoe (with Paines Plough); Tracy Letts' BUG; Thornton Wilder's Our Town, Tribes by Nina Raine (both directed by David Cromer); Josh Schmidt's Adding Machine: a musical, and many more.

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