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One (Wo)Man Show – White Rabbit, Red Rabbit

Nassim Soleimanpour / Jacob Derwig, Stefan de Walle

In the framework of its ‘One (Wo)Man Show’ series, Dancing on the Edge’s presents the exciting interactive Iranian theater piece White Rabbit, Red Rabbit in December 2012. It features the prominent Dutch actors Stefan de Walle and Jacob Derwig, as well as the author himself, Nassim Soleimanpour (on Skype).

Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour refused to serve in the Iranian army and could therefore not receive a passport. As a result, he was not able to leave his country. Making use of this forced isolation, he wrote an interactive piece that could be performed anywhere in the world without a director or decor, and which can be performed each time by a different actor. The world premiere of White Rabbit, Red Rabbit took place simultaneously in 2011 at Summer Works Toronto and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The performance has been performed all over the world in a number of different languages to press and public acclaim.

The actor Stefan de Walle will perform in Het Nutshuis (The Hague) and Jacob Derwig in De Balie (Amsterdam). They receive instructions only 48 hours before the show, and receive the script in a sealed envelope only when they come on stage.

The Dutch version of White Rabbit, Red Rabbit, called Wit Konijn Rood Konijn, was created in cooperation with Carel Alphenaar, who also did the translation. The production is a collaboration of Speeltheater Holland and Dancing on the Edge.