PERFORMANCES BEGIN TOMORROW FOR BARROW STREET THEATRICALS’ “NASSIM” – FIRST WEEK’S ROTATING CAST SET
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
PERFORMANCES BEGIN TOMORROW FOR
BARROW STREET THEATRICALS’
AMERICAN PREMIERE OF
BY NASSIM SOLEIMANPOUR
FIRST WEEK’S ROTATING CAST INCLUDES
KATE ARRINGTON, CORBIN BERNSEN, MICHAEL CHERNUS|
LINDA EMOND, JOHN GALLAGHER JR., CUSH JUMBO, JOHN-MICHAEL LYLES
MICHAEL SHANNON AND GARY WILMES
FIRST PREVIEW DECEMBER 6, 2018
OPENING NIGHT SET FOR DECEMBER 12, 2018
AT NEW YORK CITY CENTER, STAGE II
New York, NY (December 5, 2018) – Performances begin tomorrow for Barrow Street Theatricals’ highly anticipated 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.
The first week’s rotating cast of guest actors includes Obie Award-winning actress Kate Arrington, two-time Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominated actor Corbin Bernsen, Obie Award-winning actor Michael Chernus, three-time Tony Award nominated actress Linda Emond, Tony Award-winning actor John Gallagher Jr., Lucille Lortel Award-winning actress Cush Jumbo, John-Michael Lyles, two-time Academy Award-nominated actor Michael Shannon, and Obie Award-winning actor Gary Wilmes.
As previously announced, 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 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 is produced off-Broadway by Scott Morfee, Jean Doumanian, and Tom Wirtshafter.
Barrow Street Theatricals was founded by Scott Morfee and Tom Wirtshafter 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.
Praise for NASSIM
“An unusually vivid celebration of theatre’s liveness, speaking the universal language of humanity. That makes it sound pat and sentimental. It’s not. This is a show that uses presence – technology and physical – and absence to clever effect. It explores the freedom and limitation of language, whether through censorship or the difficulties of speaking in one language and feeling in another. The act of staging this show is a striking demonstration of how words can keep us apart but also bring us together.”
“A tantalizing theatrical provocation that breaks down all walls.”
“The story of human connection and hope embodied in the very form of Nassim Soleimanpour’s work, and – perhaps – now also embedded in the heart of everyone who sees this remarkable show.”
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