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World Premiere

Isfahan Blues

by Torange Yeghiazarian in collaboration with Vida Ghahremani, L. Peter Callender, Nakissa Etemad, Laura Hope, and Marcus Shelby

An Iranian Film Star. An American Jazz Musician. The Rest Is History.

Isfahan Blues

Inspired by Duke Ellington Orchestra’s 1963 tour to Iran, Isfahan Blues imagines an unlikely friendship between an American jazz musician and an Iranian actress. As they travel together to Isfahan, “the most beautiful city in the world,” Jazz inspires them to test the limits of freedom, creativity, and experimentation. Contrary to today’s political stalemate between the US and Iran, this production aims to shed light on a little-known historical moment when a uniquely American art form inspired generations of young Iranian musicians.

May 2, 2015 - May 25, 2015

Buriel Clay Theatre

762 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Written by Torange Yeghiazarian in collaboration with Vida Ghahremani, L. Peter Callender, Nakissa Etemad, Laura Hope, and Marcus Shelby

Directed by Laura Hope

Featuring Sofia Ahmad*, L. Peter Callender, Vida Ghahremani, Behzad Golemohammadi, Alexander M Lydon, Lawrence Radecker, Mohammad Talani

Musical Director Marcus Shelby

Dramaturgy by Nakissa Etemad

A Co-Production with African-American Shakespeare Company

Everyone is raving about Isfahan Blues!

“As Ray, L. Peter Callender does vibrant but nuanced work. Sofia Ahmad brings a vivacious personality to the young Vida. Ghahremani lends authentic gravitas to the older Vida.” - Richard Dodds from Bay Area Reporter

In the Press

Isfahan Blues featured on BBC Persian

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Cast & Crew

Torange Yeghiazarian

Playwright

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Laura Hope

Director

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Sofia Ahmad

Young Bella

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L. Peter Callender

Ray

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Nakissa Etemad

Dramaturg

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Vida Ghahremani

Bella

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Behzad Golemohammadi

Sarhang, Ensemble

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Alex Lydon

US Security Officer, Ensemble

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Lawrence Radecker*

Loan Shark, Ensemble

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Marcus Shelby

Composer

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Mohammad Talani

Farid

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The development and production of this world premiere is made possible by The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation and The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation 2012 Playwright Commissioning Awards Initiative. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Columbia Foundation.

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