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Sanaz Toossis I wish you were here Complete the Off-Broadway run on June 5th
The world premiere at Playwright Horizons has been extended from May 22nd.
Playwrights Horizons world premiere production by Sanaz Toossi I wish you were here completes its run on June 5th. Directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, the extended run began previews on April 13 and opened on May 2.
In the new play Nikki Massoud (Othello) as Zari, Marjan Neshat (Sell Kabul) as Nazanine, Nazanin Nur (woman secretary) as Rana, Artemis Pebdani (scandal) as Shideh/New Friend and Roxanna Hope Radja (torch song) as Salme, consisting of an all-Iranian and Iranian-American female cast.
Set over 13 years from 1978, the play follows a group of best friends as they live through the Iranian Revolution and Iran-Iraq War. They’re all trying to find a sense of normality until they can’t help but make decisions as they ponder what it means to stay in Iran — or leave it. I wish you were here was previously presented as a radio play.
The world premiere includes scenic design by 2022 Tony nominee Arnulfo Maldonado, costume design by Sarah Laux, lighting design by Reza Behjat, sound design by Sinan Refik Zafar and Brian Hickey, production stage management by Vanessa Coakley and assistant stage management by Jenn Jacobs .
“’Mundane’ has become a special word for me when I discuss it I wish you were here‘ Toossi said in a statement. “In Middle Eastern plays, you’re expected to go to the theater and all the characters have a crisis. I love those tracks too, but for me I’ve always wanted to just write life.”
Toossi made her Off-Broadway debut with Englisha play that follows four adult students taking the TOEFL exam in an Iranian classroom, co-produced by Atlantic and Roundabout Theater Companies.
Tickets and more information can be found at PlaywrightsHorizons.org.