White Rabbit Red Rabbit by Nassim Soleimanpour

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 to Sunday, March 26, 2017

 

2017 Season Phib Extra

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Written by award-winning Iranian playwright, Nassim Soleimanpour, it has been called a play, but it’s a lively, global sensation that no one is allowed to talk about. The actor—a different performer each night—has never seen the play and is told not to look up anything about the play. This ‘theater entertainment meets social experiment’ is unlike anything, and it will make you question everything.

Running time: 60 - 70 minutes, no intermission

Wednesday, March 22, 8 PM

Xander Berkeley | White Rabbit Red Rabbit | Amphibian Stage ProductionsThe Modern, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth
featuring Hollywood star Xander Berkeley, best known for his role in The Walking Dead
Click here for bio (photo by Jeffry Fasano)

General Admission: $40 | VIP Admission: $75* (*includes exclusive pre-show reception at Café Modern where you can meet the actor)

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Thursday, March 23, 8 PM

Sarah Clarke | White Rabbit Red Rabbit | Amphibian Stage ProductionsThe Modern, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth
featuring Hollywood star Sarah Clarke, best known for her roles in Twilight and 24
Click here for bio (photo by Jack Zeman)

General Admission: $40 | VIP Admission: $75* (*includes exclusive pre-show reception at Café Modern where you can meet the actor)

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Friday, March 24, 8 PM

Christopher Blay | White Rabbit Red Rabbit | Amphibian Stage ProductionsAmphibian Stage, 120 S. Main Street, Fort Worth
featuring artist Christopher Blay, curator of Art Corridor Gallery and art reviewer for Fort Worth Weekly
Click here for bio (photo by Christopher Blay)

General Admission: $25

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Saturday, March 25, 8 PM

Cameron Smith | White Rabbit Red Rabbit | Amphibian Stage ProductionsAmphibian Stage, 120 S. Main Street, Fort Worth
featuring musician Cameron Smith, lead singer and guitarist of War Party and co-founder and owner of Dreamylife Records
Click here for bio (photo by Christopher Waldon)

General Admission: $25

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Sunday, March 26, 2 PM

Christie Vela | White Rabbit Red Rabbit | Amphibian Stage ProductionsAmphibian Stage, 120 S. Main Street, Fort Worth
featuring actor & director Christie Vela, former member of Brierley Resident Acting Company at Dallas Theatre Center
Click here for bio (photo by Cameron Cobb)

General Admission: $25

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WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT

by Nassim Soleimanpour

Imagine being 29 and forbidden to leave your country. Award-winning Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour distills the experience of a whole generation—well-informed, computer-literate, and born amidst the hardship of the Iran-Iraq war—in a wild, utterly unique play. He turns his isolation to his own advantage with a script that is written to travel the world when he couldn’t; since its premiere in 2011, it has been performed over 1000 times and translated into 20 languages.

To bring to life what it feels like to be restrained, Soleimanpour gives the following instruction to the actor: Do not see or read the play beforehand. Learn nothing about it. Therefore, it’s imperative that there be a different actor for every performance. Receiving the script in a sealed envelope for the first time onstage, the actor embarks on an adventurous journey, along with the audience, where anything can happen.

Previously performed by actors such as Whoopi Goldberg, John Hurt, Nathan Lane, Cynthia Nixon, Kyra Sedgwick, Martin Short, and George Takei, Amphibian Stage Production’s production of White Rabbit Red Rabbit features five different cast members: Dallas / Fort Worth celebrities Christopher Blay (writer/curator/artist), Cameron Smith (music producer/musician), and Christie Vela (director/actor), as well as Hollywood stars Xander Berkeley (The Walking Dead) and Sarah Clarke (Twilight, 24). 

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About the Play

It has been called a play, but it’s a lively, global sensation that no one is allowed to talk about. The actor—played by a different performer each night—has never seen the play and is told not to look up anything about the play. This ‘theater entertainment meets social experiment’ is unlike anything, and it will make you question everything.

Forbidden to leave his country, playwright Nassim Soleimanpour distilled the experience of an entire generation in a wild, utterly original play. White Rabbit Red Rabbit is a work about contemporary Iran and of Nassim’s generation. A generation born amidst the hardship of the Iran-Iraq war: computer-literate, well-informed young people who have never known an Iran other than the Islamic Republic.

“Mr. Soleimanpour’s elliptical play keeps taking odd, unexpected turns that often lead us back to the relief of laughter.”  — The New York Times

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PLAYWRIGHT & ARTIST BIOS

Nassim Soleimanpour | White Rabbit Red Rabbit | Amphibian Stage ProductionsNassim Soleimanpour (playwright) is an independent multidisciplinary theatre maker from Tehran, Iran. His plays have been translated into more than 20 languages. 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, White Rabbit Red Rabbit had been performed over 200 times in 15 languages. Since then Nassim has facilitated workshops and panels in different countries including World Theatre Festival (Brisbane), Tolhuistuin (Amsterdam), SESC Vila Mariana (Sao Paulo), Schauspielhaus (Vienna), DPAC (Kuala Lampur), Theatretreffen (Berlin), British Council (London), Asia House (London) and University of Bremen (Germany). 

Nassim’s second play, Blind Hamlet, for the London based Actors Touring Company premiered at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and has since toured extensively around the UK and was received well in Bucharest and Copenhagen. Nassim now lives in Berlin with his wife Shirin and dog Echo. BLANK, his third play, recently premiered in Amsterdam and has been performed in Utrecht, Edinburgh and London. (Photo by Nima Soleimanpour)

Xander Berkeley | White Rabbit Red Rabbit | Amphibian Stage ProductionsXander Berkeley (actor) is currently a series regular role on the AMC hit The Walking Dead. Recently, Xander starred in the Lionsgate feature Allegiant (opposite Shailene Woodley and Naomi Watts). He was also seen in Transcendence (opposite Johnny Depp and Rebecca Hall). Staying true to his indie roots, he shot the features The Maestro (opposite John Polito and Sarah Clarke) and Shot (opposite Noah Wyle). He was also seen in Moments of Clarity (opposite Eric Roberts and Lyndsy Fonseca) as well as Solace (opposite Colin Farrell and Anthony Hopkins), Small Time (opposite Chris Meloni and Dean Norris), and as the lead actor in This Last Lonely Place. He was last seen in a recurring role in the NBC series Aquarius opposite David Duchovny.

Xander began his career in theatre where he performed in numerous plays in Regional, Repertory, and Off-Broadway theaters in New York, before he was convinced to move West to pursue film projects. Xander then made his career debut in the cult classic Mommy Dearest, as Joan Crawford's damaged son Christopher. Next he landed the role of drug dealing addict, Bowery Snax, in the seminal underground favorite, Sid and Nancy.

Xander is a true chameleon capable of complete transformation in combination with an uncanny believability from role to role. He has been in high demand by a number of great filmmakers, including James Cameron on Terminator ll, Rob Reiner on A Few Good Men, Ron Howard on Apollo 13, and Steven Spielberg on Amistad.

His ability to take the audience for a ride while keeping them deep inside the story is a skill almost unmatched in the industry. While ranging constantly from obscure independent to blockbuster, cable to network prime time to cutting edge web series (multiple best actor award winner for The Booth at the End), Xander remains fresh and effective and original each time out. (Photo by Jeffry Fasano)

Sarah Clarke | White Rabbit Red Rabbit | Amphibian Stage ProductionsSarah Clarke (actor) starred in her first on-camera role in the short film Pas De Deux, where she was recognized with the CINY Award (Cine Woman NY) for her Outstanding Performance at the Brooklyn Film Festival. Shortly after that, Clarke was introduced to series television in FOX’s 24. Having come from New York to film the pilot with just a few prior guest appearances on Ed and Sex and the City, the role of ‘Nina Myers’ was a game changer for the actress. The show became an international phenomenon earning numerous awards and critical acclaim, moving Clarke out to the west coast. 

That same year she was cast in Fox Searchlight’s coming of age drama, Thirteen. The film received the Best Director Award (Catherine Hardwicke) at the Sundance Film Festival. Other films and TV shows soon followed: Happy Endings (directed by Don Roos), The Lather EffectWomen in TroubleBelow the BeltwayPunk’s Dead, and the wildly successful Twilight Saga franchise in which she played Kristin Stewart’s mother, ‘Rene’. 

In television, Clarke went on to star in the TNT series, Trust Me (opposite Eric McCormack), Covert Affairs (with Piper Perabo), Men of a Certain Age (opposite Ray Romano), and currently is in her third season with the Amazon Studios original series, Bosch, a police drama based on the popular Michael Connelly novels about Los Angeles detective, Harry Bosch (Titus Welliver). Clarke portrays Welliver’s ex-wife, Eleanor Wish, who is a former FBI profiler working in Vegas as a professional poker player.

Clarke is a St. Louis, Missouri native who began her acting career in Bologna, Italy while pursuing her Italian degree. She continued her study after college in New York City at Circle in the Square Theater School. She now shares her time between Los Angeles and New York with her husband, actor Xander Berkeley, and their two daughters. (Photo by Jack Zeman)

Christopher Blay | White Rabbit Red Rabbit | Amphibian Stage ProductionsChristopher Blay (actor) is an artist, writer and curator with a B.F.A. from Texas Christian University. He has worked as curator for the Art Corridor Gallery at Tarrant County College Southeast for the past seven years, and also Reviews art for the Fort Worth Weekly Magazine. His work incorporates Photography, video, sculpture, and performance. His most recent work, “KWTXR” is based on the fictional character Kara Walker Texas Ranger and responds to historical violence against African Americans. 

Other recent projects include The Seven Deadly Things at 500X Gallery, Satellites at Centraltrak Gallery, Machine Time at the Mckinney Avenue Contemporary, and two ongoing public art projects in Dallas’ Coombs Creek Park and East Rosedale Avenue, Fort Worth. In 2013, Blay received the SMU Meadows museum’s Moss/Chumley award for his “proven track record as an active community advocate for the visual arts,” and the Nasher Sculpture Center’s Artist Microgrant in 2015. Blay is the Spring 2017 Visiting Artist at the Dallas Museum of Art’s Center for Creative Connections, from April through June. (Photo by Christopher Blay)

Christie Vela | White Rabbit Red Rabbit | Amphibian Stage ProductionsChristie Vela (actor) was last seen at Amphibian in the stage production of The Quixotic Days and Errant Nights of the Errant Knight Don Quixote. She is a former member of the Brierley Resident Acting Company where acting credits include Deferred Action; Romeo & Juliet; Sense & Sensibility; Medea; The Book Club Play; A Christmas Carol; Les Misérables; Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure; King Lear; God of Carnage; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat; and The Beauty Plays.

Most recently, Christie directed Dallas Theatre Center’s 2015 A Christmas Carol and the regional premiere of Gloria. She is also a member of Dallas’ Kitchen Dog Theater Company where she has directed Se Llama Cristina, The Turn of the Screw; Boom; and The Pillowman, and where she most recently directed and appeared in Flores de Papel. At Second Thought Theatre she's directed BULL and appeared in A Kid Like Jake. For STT, she is currently directing Straight White Men. You'll see her on stage at DTC later this year in INHERIT THE WIND and in Necessities at STT.  She's thrilled to be back at Amphibian Stage Productions. (Photo by Cameron Cobb)

Cameron Smith | White Rabbit Red Rabbit | Amphibian Stage ProductionsCameron Smith is the principal singer-songwriter for Fort Worth rock band War Party and performs as a solo artist under the pseudonym Sur Duda. Smith is also a co-founder and owner of Dreamy Life Records and Music, LLC—a Fort Worth based record studio, store and label. (Photo by Christopher Waldon)

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