A Fundraiser for urbanIDEA
Sunday May 22nd, 2016 | 2pm
Fort Mason Center Chapel, 1100 Bay Street
Starring: Nato Green
urbanIDEA is co-sponsoring a performance of the incredible play, White Rabbit, Red Rabbit, at the 2016 San Francisco International Arts Festival! This show is a fundraiser for urbanIDEA – come be surprised and inspired, and support urbanIDEA!
About the Show:
Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour declined to serve in his country’s armed forces, in return the Iranian government denied Mr. Soleimanpour’s request for a passport. Unable to leave Iran, he has instead sent a script to SFIAF to have other people read it for him.
Soleimanpour’s arresting and allegorical work, White Rabbit, Red Rabbit, dissects the experience of a whole generation in a wild, utterly original play. Soleimanpour turns his isolation to his own advantage with the play (written in English) which requires no director, no set, and a different actor for every performance.
Per Mr. Soleimanpour’s instruction, the script of White Rabbit, Red Rabbit will be opened in front of the audience and performed unrehearsed by a new initiate each night.
Reviews of Past Performances:
“Rabbit” is a lightly comic, deceptively discursive, metatheatrical monologue that……raises provocative questions about the nature of theater, social responsibility, personal freedoms, suicide and the “limits of obedience.” San Francisco Chronicle
A wild combination of poetry and audience interaction, this pointed allegory has become a hit on the fringe theatre circuit from New York to Edinburgh. San Jose Mercury News
A humorously sly piece of meta-theater, half allegory and half action, meant to incite a spontaneous collaboration between performer and audience. San Francisco Bay Guardian
An intoxicating stream of consciousness from the heart of Iran that will leave you at once amused and alarmed. West County Times
Did I mention, dear prospective audience member, that the production is enormously participatory? That you will frequently, and most tenderly, be directly addressed by the playwright through the person of the actor? That you may feel implicated, or at least unsettled, in one way or another? That the whole experience is altogether funny and serious and surprising and that you—by which I mean we—are all in it together? I can say no more. San Francisco Examiner
Nato Green was summed up more or less accurately by The East Bay Express as, “erudite and acerbic, a San Francisco-raised father, union organizer, gastronome, bibliophile, and political sparkplug.” His first comedy album, The Nato Green Party, was released by Rooftop Comedy. Nato has been named San Francisco’s Best Comedian by the SF Weekly, Huffington Post, and CBS.
Nato is the creator of Iron Comic, the Iron Chef-spoofing comedy game show he co-hosts with Moshe Kasher. Nato has a regular column in the San Francisco Examiner, and his humor commentaries have appeared in VICE, Truthdig, Huffington Post, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, The Rumpus, and The Bold Italic.