"White Rabbit, Red Rabbit" arrives in Florence!

With no rehearsal, no director, a different actor each night, and a script waiting in a sealed envelope on stage, internationally acclaimed “White Rabbit, Red Rabbit” by Iranian writer Nassim Soleimanpour, is an audacious theatrical experiment and a potent reminder of the transgressive and transformative power of theatre.

Since its joint premiere in 2011 in Edinburgh and Summerworks festival “White Rabbit, Red Rabbit” has been translated into more than 30 different languages and been performed over 3000 times by some of the biggest names in theatre and film including actors John Hurt, Whoopi Goldberg, Nathan Lane, Lee Pace, Stephen Rea, Sinead Cusack, Marcus Brigstocke, Dominic West and film director Ken Loach.

 

Some of the actors who have performed this play are…

And now… on March 13, 2024 at 19:00

Giulia Cavallini at Teatro delle Arti, in Florence!

“White Rabbit, Red Rabbit” will be performed in Italian with surtitles in English.

The Playwright

Nassim Soleimanpour is an Iranian playwright, theatre maker and the Artistic Director of the Berlin Based Theatre company Nassim Soleimanpour Productions. His plays have been translated into more than 30 languages and performed globally in over 50 countries. Best known for his play White Rabbit Red Rabbit, written to travel the world when he couldn’t, his work has been awarded the Dublin Fringe Festival Best New Performance, Summerworks Outstanding New Performance Text Award and The Arches Brick Award (Edinburgh Fringe) as well as picking up nominations for a Total Theatre and Brighton Fringe Pick of Edinburgh Award. White Rabbit Red Rabbit had a 9 month Off-Broadway run casting celebrated actors like Whoopi Goldberg, Nathan Lane, Martin Short, Bobby Cannavale, Wayne Brady, F. Murray Abraham, Cynthia Nixon and etc.

By the time Nassim was permitted to travel for the first time in early 2013, his play White Rabbit Red Rabbit had already been performed hundreds of times in more than a dozen languages. Since then Nassim has facilitated workshops and panels in different events including World Theatre Festival (Brisbane), Tolhuistuin (Amsterdam), SESC Vila Mariana (Sao Paulo), Schauspielhaus (Vienna), DPAC (Kuala Lampur), Theatertreffen (Berlin), Grob Theatre (Copenhagen), British Council London and The Bush Theatre (London), University of Bremen (Germany), ISPA (Edinburgh), TATA Litreture (India), FAE (Lima), Borak [Oz Asia] (Adelaide) and etc.

Nassim’s second play Blind Hamlet commissioned by the London based Actors Touring Company premiered at The LIFT 2014 and has toured in the UK and was received well in Edinburgh, Bucharest and Copenhagen. His third play BLANK premiered in November 2015 simultaneously in Amsterdam, Utrecht and London and so far has been performed in the UK, Australia, Spain, Mexico, US, Argentina, India, Finland, Denmark, Canada, etc.

His most recent play NASSIM produced by the Bush Theatre in London was premiered in August 2017 and won a Fringe First Award followed by more than 300 shows in 12 languages across the world. NASSIM had a successful five-month Off-Broadway run casting celebrated American actors like: Michael Shannon, Zachary Quinto, Tracy Letts, Carrie Coon, Kate Walsh, Carla Gugino, Cory Michael Smith, Kathey Najimi, Richard Kind, Reed Birney and etc. NASSIM has won a 2019 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Unique Theatrical Experience and was nominated for Prix de la critique maison 2018-2019 à Québec in Dans la catégorie Hors Québec.

A retrospective of Soleimanpour’s plays was held at the Bush Theatre in 2017 under the title Nassimplays.

Soleimanpour’s short play Down by the Creek was published by New York Times as part of America 2024.

When most theatres had to shut down in 2020 due to a global pandemic, Nassim mentored 7 young playwrights to publish a book which could be read and performed sight on scene around the fire. October 2020, produced by The Boundless Theatre (London) lit fires across the UK!    

On March 13,  2021 to mark the anniversary of the shut down, from a prison in Mexico, to a local theatre in Pakistan, from Guatemala to New York, 120 producers across the globe put on White Rabbit, Red Rabbit at 8 pm local time.   

Soleimanpour is currently living in Berlin with his beautiful wife and dog and is busy finalising his new play for the audiobook platform Audible, and a new play for Grob Theatre in Denmark.  

Original Production

White Rabbit, Red Rabbit was originally produced by Volcano Theatre in association with Necessary Angel and Wolfgang Hoffmann.

Dramaturgy by Daniel Brooks and Ross Manson

The Actress

Giulia Cavallini inizia la sua formazione teatrale giovanissima a Roma con il regista francese Frédéric Lachkar, e vocale con il Maestro Antonio Rendina facendo parte del coro polifonico Clara Schumann.

Trasferitasi a Firenze segue il Teatro ragazzi di Saverio Contarini, si diploma in recitazione presso la scuola triennale di Teatri Possibili fondata da Corrado D’Elia con Laura Croce, Massimo Alì e Corrado Accordino; parallelamente seguendo un corso di recitazione nella Compagnia Venti Lucenti di Manu Lalli e Daniele Bacci.

Si specializza in Metodo Mimico di Orazio Costa con Marco Giorgetti, Pier Paolo Pacini, Marcello Prayer, Alessandra Niccolini, Marisa Crussi; diventando insegnante certificata del Centro di Avviamento all’Espressione  presso il Teatro della Pergola, Fondazione Teatro della Toscana.

Specializza la sua formazione sul teatro corporeo e gestuale con Bianca Francioni  e Ivan Baciocchi (Metodo Decroux-Marceau) e seminari con Paolo Nani, Massimiliano Civica e Teatro Sotterraneo.

Ha lavorato con Maurizio Lombardi, Livia Gionfrida (Teatro Metropopolare), Edoardo Zucchetti, Alessandro Riccio, Marco Toloni, Paolo Biribò e Marco Cappuccini.

Tiene un corso permanente di perfezionamento attoriale presso Il Vivaio del Malcantone insieme al regista Paolo Biribò.

Ha conseguito inoltre nel 2011 la Laurea in Psicologia e nel 2016 la specializzazione in Psicoterapia della Gestalt.

Dal 2019 è regista di Teatro Immersivo Firenze.

The Producer

Beatriz Cabur is an innovative and multi-faceted theatre director, playwright, lecturer, mentor, producer, translator and theatre innovator. She has written and directed over forty theatre plays in Spain, Mexico, Italy, Austria, England, Scotland and the USA.

In 2020 she started teaching “How to make DIGITAL THEATRE” in several universities around the world. Then came the workshop: “How to make DIGITAL ARTIVISM”, and a few months later came their inevitable integration: “How to make DIGITAL THEATRE ARTIVISM”, which she currently teaches, within the Performance and Digital Culture course, for students at Bard College New York; Bard College Berlin; Birkbeck, University of London; Central European University; Universidad de los Andes; and University of the Witwatersrand.

In paralel to her artistic career Beatriz has worked on building and contributing to global theatre organisations. Some of them are the following organisations: Founder of The Theatre Times. Founder of Liga de las Mujeres Profesionales del Teatro. Member of Women in the Arts and Media Coalition. International Member of League of Professional Theatre Women. Member of the international network for working playwrights, The Fence.

The Producing Agency

Aurora Nova is an international theatre booking agency and consultancy firm based in Berlin. Aurora Nova specialises in bringing physical theatre, contemporary circus and new theatrical formats to festivals and venues worldwide.

The Surtitlist

Prescott Studio nasce nel 1996 con l’obiettivo di dare un contributo altamente specializzato alla giovane prassi, a quel tempo, della mediazione linguistica per lo spettacolo dal vivo, la cui forma più nota sono i sopratitoli. E ciò è reso possibile grazie all’esperienza, già allora decennale, del fondatore della società, Mauro Conti, che esordisce come autore di sopratitoli nel 1987, per il Maggio Musicale Fiorentino – lo stesso festival che un anno prima, nel 1986, su impulso di Zubin Mehta, vede il debutto in Europa di questo particolare espediente tecnico, a tre anni dal suo debutto assoluto presso la Canadian Opera Company di Toronto (1983).
Nei suoi oltre due decenni di attività (1996-2021), Prescott Studio crea sopratitoli per circa 1500 produzioni di livello prevalentemente internazionale, collaborando con quasi 190 direttori d’orchestra, 230 registi e confrontandosi con circa 160 spazi – sia presso le maggiori istituzioni teatrali italiane sia all’estero come a esempio Parigi, Berlino, Praga, Mosca, San Pietroburgo, Muscat (Oman), Al-Manamah (Bahrain), New York, Chicago, Toronto, Santiago del Cile, Londra.
Gli almeno 350 autori affrontati fino a oggi coprono uno spettro di generi particolarmente ampio: il teatro musicale (dall’opera al musical), il teatro di prosa (dal monologo alle più complesse produzioni internazionali), il teatro di figura, le tradizioni teatrali extra-europee (kyogen), il cabaret, la prassi concertistica (dall’oratorio all’opera in forma di concerto). Altrettanto ampio è lo spettro storico abbracciato dai lavori studiati (dalla tragedia classica alle più recenti sfide del teatro contemporaneo) e il ventaglio degli spazi in cui si è operato (dal piccolo atelier al grande teatro antico all’aperto, passando dai tradizionali teatri all’italiana o dalle sale da concerto).

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URGENT: This play is NOT overtly political, and should not be portrayed as such. It operates on a deeper, metaphoric level, and very expressly avoids overt political comment. All media and press agents have to keep in mind that the playwright is an Iranian native. We therefore ask the press to be judicious in their reportage.

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