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A Moment of Silence ()

Produced by

Modern Times Stage Company and Nowadays Theatre

Presented by

The SummerWorks Performance Festival

Playwright: Mohammad Yaghoubi
Director: Mohammad Yaghoubi
Translator: Torange Yeghiazarian


Factory Mainspace Theatre


August 6th, 2016 – August 14th, 2016


What happens when an Iranian woman falls asleep for years at a time and keeps missing the most important events, like the revolution, the war with Iraq, and her husband’s affair? And what if the story is compounded by death threats to the playwright while he’s trying to explain Shiva’s dilemma? How can she understand the changes in her life? How can the playwright tell her story when he is threatened, and a series of intellectuals are being killed? Before he, himself, falls victim to execution, he writes a play about Shiva and her family turned upside down by personal and political crisis. Mohammad Yaghoubi’s A Moment of Silence – one of the most beloved Iranian plays of the last 30 years – is a surreal, poetic, and surprisingly comic meditation on Iran’s turbulent history. (


Sarah Marchand Shiva
Maxime Robin Jimmy
Parmida Vand Shirin
Lara Arabian Hasti
Paul Van Dyck Sohrab
Melanie Pyne Sheida
Art Babayants All Male Voices
Jada Rifkin All Female Voices

Creative Team

Mohammad Yaghoubi Playwright
Mohammad Yaghoubi Director
Torange Yeghiazarian Translator
Matt Jones Dramaturge
Saeed Hasanlou Set Designer
Pedram Khavarzamini Music
David DeGrow Lighting Designer
Setareh Delzendeh Costume Designer
Art Babayants Assistant Director
Marjan Moosavi Assistant Director
Mona Ketabian Assistant Director


Steve Vargo Stage Manager
Aida Keykhaii Producer
Arian Yaghmaie Sound Engineer
Hajar Morandi Poster Designer
Bahare Ahmadi Programme Desgner
Mina Ketabian Key Make-up Artist
Adel Ghorbani Trailer
Jivesh Parasram Consultant
Sam Chaiton Advisor
Stephanie Zidel Assistant Stage Manager
Elnaz Ghasemi Assistant Producer
Yousef Kashefifar Set Builder
Parya Tahsini Production Assistant
Mohsen Nazeri Production Assistant
Soroosh Tahvilzadeh Fundraising Coordinator
Mehrdokht Hadi Marketing
Navaz Karimianpour Marketing
Kiarash Salimian Marketing