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White Rabbit Red Rabbit to be performed in support of PEN

Wednesday 3 February 2016 - 4:36pm

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(New York, NY – February 3, 2016) In support of PEN International, Maberry Theatricals (Devlin Elliott and Tom Kirdahy) has announced that WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT, the internationally-acclaimed play by Nassim Soleimanpour, will make its New York Premiere in a limited engagement playing Monday nights at Westside Theatre (407 W 43rd Street) beginning March 7, 2016.

No rehearsal. No director. No set. No spoilers. A different performer each night is handed the script for the first time as they step onto the stage. The rotating cast, each performing only one time ever, will feature Emmy & Tony Award winner Nathan Lane (March 7); Emmy, Grammy, Oscar & Tony Award winner Whoopi Goldberg (March 14); Golden Globe, Emmy & Tony Award nominee Patrick Wilson (March 21); Golden Globe, Emmy & Tony Award winner Brian Dennehy (March 28); Lucille Lortel Award winner, comedian, actor & director Mike Birbiglia (April 11); and on dates soon to be announced, pending artist availability: Emmy & Tony Award winner Christine Baranski; Tony Winner & Emmy Award nominee Alan Cumming; Olivier & Tony Award nominee Ramin Karimloo; Emmy & Tony Award winner Andrea Martin; three-time Tony Award winner Marin Mazzie; Emmy & Tony Award winner Donna Murphy; Emmy, Grammy & Tony Award winner Cynthia Nixon; Emmy & Tony Award winner David Hyde Pierce; Emmy & Tony Award winner Martin Short; and television, film & stage star George Takei. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.

"We are thrilled to be working with such an extraordinary group of performers, and to be partnering with PEN International, on such an intriguing and provocative work,” said lead producers Devlin Elliott and Tom Kirdahy. “Each night will bring its share of surprises. We can't wait to be surprised ourselves. Remember, no cheating!  Don't google this play!"

Forbidden to leave his country, young Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour found a way for his voice to get out when he physically could not – distilling the experience of his isolation in an audacious and utterly non-traditional new play. This wildly entertaining and thought-provoking theatrical piece – where no audience can see the same show twice - blends drama, comedy and social experiment, providing audiences with a potent reminder of the transformative power of theatre.

The play had its world premiere in 2011 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, winning the Arches Brick Award, followed by presentations at Summerworks and Dublin Fringe Festival where it was awarded “Outstanding New Performance” and “Best New Performance” respectively. The play has since been translated into fifteen different languages and performed over 200 times worldwide – from London to Oslo, Athens, Berlin, Melbourne and Singapore – by such stars as Michael Shannon, John Hurt, Stephen Fry, Stephen Rea, Sinead Cusack, David Morse and more.

Tickets to WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT are now on sale via Telecharge.com/ (212-239-6200).  The performance schedule is Monday evenings at 8:00pm, beginning on March 7.

A portion of the play’s profits will go to PEN International, the world’s leading association of writers working to promote literature and defend freedom of expression around the world (www.pen-international.org). WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT is produced in association with Aurora Nova Productions and Boat Rocker Entertainment.

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