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NOWADAYS THEATRE, in association with Modern Times Stage Company, presents A MOMENT OF SILENCE

Union/non-union. Honorarium pay.

Audition Dates: May 14 (Sat) 1:30-5:30 pm and 18 (Wed) 4-8 pm
Auditions will consist of cold readings. Audition sides from the script will be provided.

A Moment of Silence is an award-winning play by celebrated Iranian playwright and director, Mohammad Yaghoubi. Nowadays Theatre is producing the Canadian premiere of this Iranian classic for SummerWorks 2016. Rehearsals are scheduled to start in early July. The show runs August 4-14.

Synopsis:
Shiva wakes up to find she has been asleep for three years. In that time, the world around her has changed drastically. Her friends and family seem different. Strangers act oddly. It’s Iran in 1980 and she has just slept through the Islamic Revolution. For the next ten years, Shiva continues to fall asleep for years at a time. Each time she wakes up there’s a new change she has to try to grasp: the war with Iraq, a series of murders of dissident artists as well as transformations in her own family. Meanwhile, the playwright creating Shiva’s story begins to receive phone calls threatening his life.

Characters:
Shiva / Female, a fragile person, highly sensitive. 26 years old at the beginning of the play.
Shirin / Female, Shiva’s sister: extremely affable, jovial, and outgoing. 28 years old at the beginning of the play.
Sheida / Female, Shiva’s eldest sister: a dreamer, sad inside but very kind. 30 years old at the beginning of the play.
Jimmi / Male, Shirin’s husband: an easy-going person, casual in manner. 32 years old and full of joy at the beginning.
Hasti / Female, playwright and political activist. 35 years old.
Sohrab / Male: newly married to Hasti, 40 years old.

To schedule an audition, please email your resume and headshot to: info@nowadaystheatre.org

One of the most beloved Iranian plays of the last 30 years, Mohammad Yaghoubi’s award-winning drama is a surreal, poetic, and surprisingly comic meditation on Iran’s turbulent history. It has been hailed as the best play to emerge from Iran since the 1979 Revolution. Among its many awards are the Playwrights’ Society of Iran’s Best Play prize, and the Toronto Fringe Festival’s 2015 New Play contest. It has been translated into English, French, Czech, Turkish and Kurdish.

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