Occurs on Saturday November 9 2019

Approximate running time: 2 hours


Muriel Griffiths Room
1501 Cedar Avenue
Trail BC V1R 4C7

Performance Notes

× Trail & District Arts Council, in association with Aurora Nova, presents White Rabbit Red Rabbit by Nassim Soleimanpour. Part of the Experiments in Entertainment Series.

Will you participate? Will you be manipulated? Will you listen? Will you really listen?

With no rehearsals, 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.

Forbidden to leave his native Iran, Soleimanpour wrote a play which travelled the world in his place. The audience joins each different performer on a journey into the unknown; stumbling upon the personal and profound, the limits of liberty and ultimately where theatre can take you. Since its joint premiere in 2011, the play has been translated into over 25 different languages and has been performed over 1000 times by some of the biggest names in theatre and film, including actors Whoopi Goldberg, Nathan Lane, John Hurt, Simon McBurney, Stephen Fry, Sinead Cusack, Marcus Brigstocke and Ken Loach.

Note: 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 must keep in mind that the playwright is an Iranian native. We therefore ask the press to be judicious in their reportage. Recommended for audiences 12+

Runtime: Between 50-90 minutes

The November 9th show will be performed by Bessie Wapp.

Bessie Wapp is a musician, theatre artist, educator, and Nelson Cultural Ambassador (2015). Based in Vancouver for 20+ years, Bessie created & performed new work with some of Western Canada's most innovative groups and became a core member of two: With Mortal Coil (stilt-dance theatre) & Zeellia (Eastern European folk music ensemble) Bessie performed internationally in such venues as the Lincoln Centre (NYC), Festival D’ete (Montreal), Zagreb Danceweek (Croatia) until Nelson's growing arts scene called her home in 2006. Bessie’s activities of late include leading the Blue House and Yellow House Choirs; leading workshops & classes; creating, performing, & directing original theatre (“Hello, I Must Be Going”, “Loco Phantasmo”, “Letters from Lithuania”, “Jesus Christ Superstore”, “Matchmaker on the Roof”, “A Door To Be Kicked”), composing music (“Summoning Project”, “This Little Piggie”), starring in stage productions (“Fastlane to Paradise”, “Hedwig & the Angry Inch”, “Orfeo & Eurydice”), performing concerts (Kootenay Divas, Klezmeridians, Love Tonic, Bessie Wapp & Friends), teaching private lessons, and playing her little red accordion. Bessie studied visual art at Emily Carr College of Art & Design and music at Selkirk College & Vancouver Community College.

Performance in The Muriel Griffiths Room. General admission seating. 7:30 pm

Experiments in Entertainment (E2) Series Pass - All 4 shows only $70 ** Don't miss out on this great deal. These shows sell out fast! ** Call or drop into the Box Office to get your season pass. Call 250-368-9669. Season passes not available online. Regular Admission $24 at the door / $22 in advance (if tickets remain)

2019-20 E2 Series includes: Ric Scott & Nico Rhodes, White Rabbit Red Rabbit (choose from 2 show dates - Nov 8 with Lucas Myers or Nov 9 with Bessie Wapp), Travis Bernhardt's Unscriptured, Chase Padgett's Nashville Hurricane

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