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The Skyless City
677 Hamline Ave. N., St. Paul, MN 55104
Iranian director Kiomars Moradi will make his U.S. debut in Minnesota with his internationally-acclaimed play, The Skyless City, November 8-18, at Dreamland Arts in St. Paul.
The Skyless City, written by Pourya Azarbayjani and Moradi, tells the story of four women, from different parts of the Middle East, who try to escape their current situations and find a new way of life. Nasrin and Alma are in an abandoned subway station in Paris, France. They are waiting to receive their passports from the human trafficker who smuggled them from the Middle East. They remember other women who were with them in this difficult journey and didn’t make it.
Taous Khazem and Eliza Rasheed will perform as Nasrin (from Iran in the story) and Alma (from Afghanistan). Nazgol Naderian and Fatemeh Naghavi, two actresses from Iran, will interact with Khazem and Rasheed through video.
Every country in the world is affected by human trafficking—the smuggling of migrants by criminals who exploit desperate people, many of whom endure unimaginable hardships in their bid for a better life.
The Skyless City has received international praise as well as censorship. While premiering in Tehran in 2009 to enthusiastic audiences, the play was censored by the Iranian government for its content about trafficking women from the Middle East. At France’s Avignon “OFF” Festival in 2010, critics chose The Skyless City for “Best Foreign Theater” of the festival. Moradi also showcased the play at the Laboratory Theater Festival in Italy in the summer of 2012.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Sunday, November 18, 2012
$15 $10 for groups of six or more and $8 for seniors and students.
Purchase tickets: 1-800-838-3006 or www.dreamlandarts.com
Group tickets: 651-645-5506 or firstname.lastname@example.org