Nassim Soleimanpour‘s White Rabbit Red Rabbit is making its New York Premiere with a star studded cast. Performances of the show began March 7th, with actors including but not limited to: Whoopi Goldberg, Wayne Brady, Martin Short, and most recently Tony Danza. The show had its world premiere in 2011 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, winning the Arches Brick Award.
Maberry Theatricals announced the September line up for the show. If you are unfamiliar with the show, that is some what the goal! Soleimanpour’s work is meta theatrical masterpiece inviting both the actor and audience to dive into the mystery of the script. Each time the show runs, there is a different actor, who is handed the script for the first time that very night. The actor has no previous knowledge of the script. According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Reviewers have been asked to reveal as little as possible about the play itself, for obvious reasons. But it doesn’t seem out of bounds to disclose that it’s extremely meta-theatrical, with the playwright often directly addressing the audience through his onstage messenger. He even provides his email address and asks people to write to him, promising to reply, ‘if I’m alive’.”
The show has no rehearsals, no director, no set, and most of all nothing to spoil the mystery of the show. No one will ever see the same show twice. The is a commentary and was used as a way for Soleimanpour to be heard because he was forbidden to leave his home country, Iran.
The September line up will include Tony and Grammy award winner, Billy Porter (Kinky Boots, Shuffle Along). Porter will be “falling down the rabbit hole”- words from White Rabbit Red Rabbit’s website- September 12th. This is a must see from theater royalty such as Porter. His performance will be one certainly not to be missed because it will be his first and last performance of this show.