White Rabbit, Red Rabbit - March 27

half of the face and one paw of stuffed bunny

by Nassim Soleimanpour
produced in association with Aurora Nova Productions and Boat Rocker Entertainment

High School Matinee

A wild, utterly original play about contemporary Iran is performed by Ben Katigiri to celebrate World Theater Day.  Twenty-nine years old and forbidden to leave his country, playwright Nassim Soleimanpour distills the experience of an entire generation born amidst the hardship of the Iran-Iraq war. His allegorical tale raises provocative questions about the nature of social responsibility, personal freedoms and the limits of obedience.  Since its premiere in 2011, the play has been translated into more than 30 different languages and has been performed over 3000 times all over the world.  It’s “a wonderful testament to the power of words to transcend cultures and borders" [Fringe Review] and a “thoughtful, playful response to oppression.” [The Guardian]

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Ben Katagiri heralds from Greenville where he teaches a variety of High School Social Studies courses at his Alma Mater. He earned a B.A. in History and Secondary Education at Elmira College, and an M.A. in Political Science and History at the College of St. Rose. He has performed at various theatres in the Capital District, is a local filmmaker, screenwriter, and musician. Notable credits include Grease (Park Playhouse), Various Next Act events (Capital Repertory Theatre), Death of a Salesman (Curtain Call Theatre), As You Like It (Saratoga Shakespeare), I Am My Own Wife (Creative Licence Theatre Collective), Eurydice and Hair (UAlbany).  

Date and Time: Monday, March 27, 2023 at 10am

Snow Date and Time: Tuesday, March 28, 2023 at 10am

Running Time:  50-70 minutes

Resources: Script available for teachers to review upon request and playwright approval

Reservations and Other Information

  • For 22-23, admission is free to all performances and reservations are required. To make a reservation for your school group or for additional details, contact Kim Engel at 518-442-5738 or [email protected].
  • Our series of high school matinees culminates with a play about hunger and food insecurity. We are asking that groups consider collecting and bringing canned and non-perishable items for donation to UAlbany’s Purple Pantry as well as local community food banks and pantries.
  • Resource materials are generally available approximately one month in advance of the shows. Directions and bus information are provided upon reservation.
  • Guided campus, Performing Arts Center and Art Museum tours as well as other activities like departmental meetings, class observations and lunch in the Campus Center are possible when your group is on campus. More information will be provided with your reservation.
  • Home school students and parents are welcome. 
  • Please read our current COVID safety protocols

Funding support provided by University Auxiliary Services.