Darvag theater group presents: It's not about Pomegranates!
A new play in English by: Sepideh Khosrowjah
With: Ana Bayat King & Richard Reinholdt (The recipient of San Francisco Bay Guardian Upstage/Downstage Award. Currently nominated for the 2010 Best Male Performer Award by The San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle.)
Directed by: Hamid Ehya
Performances: Thursdays through Sundays
March 31- April 10, 2011 at 8 PM
Duration: 90 minutes
Ticket Price: $20
To purchase tickets, visit: brownpapertickets.com
For more info, visit:itisnotaboutpomegranates.blogspot.com
Or call 510-982-6311
The Boxcar Playhouse
505 Natoma Street (at 6th Street)
San Francisco, CA 94103
H.L. Menken once defined love as the triumph of imagination over intelligence. In Sepideh Khosrowjah's latest play It is not about Pomegranates!, a play replete with both imagination and intelligence, a pair of evenly-matched lovers fight, flirt, reveal innermost secrets, and conceal the most basic human desires. When Atoosa, an Iranian-American playwright meets Sean, a San Francisco theater company manager, for the first time to discuss Atoosa's play, it becomes immediately apparent that this is not a simple business meeting. Sean's Office becomes an arena in which casual small talk quickly soars into complex philosophical meditations on life, love and being. The passion of the encounter turns into a full blaze that leaves nothing but ashes and cinder of long-held cultural and gender stereotypes. In the best Hawksian tradition, protagonists who are capable of articulating the most complex ideas about the world become tongue-tied to express the simplest human emotions. As Shakespeare would say: Aye, there's the rub; for the way to human heart is never a straight path and is rarely guarded by rationality.
Ms. Khosrowjah, whose impressive body of work as a playwright spans three decades and a wide range of themes and styles, in her first long piece in English has fashioned a tour-de-force that seamlessly weaves personal and social, timeless and historical, and absurd and serious.
About: Darvag Theater Group (www.darvag.org) was founded in Berkeley in 1985 with the dual mission of exploring creative expression in theater arts and maintaining a vital living connection with the group's Iranian heritage. In 1994, San Francisco's Intersection for the Arts provided fiscal sponsorship as well as guidance in development and the company incorporated in 1995 as the non-profit Darvag Arts Foundation.
Darvag's repertoire consists of new plays by group members, and Farsi translations of classic and contemporary works from other languages, as well as original plays in English, exploring the lives of Iranians living in diaspora. With "It is not about Pomegranates, Darvag continues to reach beyond its Farsi speaking audience to establish a bridge to a larger community in the Bay Area.
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