Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour marks his Bay Area debut — by proxy — in White Rabbit, Red Rabbit at SFIAF
NS Sort of, but we have to remember that cinema can easily travel to different worlds. Even ordinary people know most cinema actors and directors in Iran. Theater cannot travel that easily. We rarely see well-made domestic or international theater productions in Iran. We don't have nonprofit theater companies in Iran. We don't have national theater in Iran.
SFBG Do you know any of the people involved with the San Francisco production?
NS I never contact my performers before their performance. That's a rule. The play asks them not even to see the show or read about the play beforehand. Local producers who have been in contact with play rights holders invite actors to read the play. It's always fun for me to check the list of actors who are going to perform the show. Sometimes actors write me emails. It's the same story in SF. I have just seen the names and read about them. I wish them all success. And I hope they enjoy their performance. *
SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL
May 2-20, free-$70
Various venues, SF