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Children of Fire ()

Produced by

Nightwood Theatre

Presented by

Aluna Theatre

Creator: Shahrzad Arshadi and Anna Chatterton
Playwrights: Anna Chatterton and Shahrzad Arshadi
Director: Beatriz Pizano


Bob Nasmith Innovation Backspace


October 6th, 2022 – October 9th, 2022


Children of Fire is an intimate portrayal of the Kurdish female freedom fighters that hosted Shahrzad Arshadi and Anna Chatterton in the mountains of Kurdistan in 2018. Co-created with a mix of verbatim theatre and first-person confessional, this play follows the journey and layered relationship across cultures between Shahrzad and Anna, and asks what is at the heart of living bravely as a woman and an activist. (


Parastoo Amanzadeh Performer
Shahrzad Arshadi Performer
Anna Chatterton Performer
Maria Escolan Performer
Aida Keykhaii Performer

Creative Team

Shahrzad Arshadi Creator
Anna Chatterton Creator
Anna Chatterton Playwright
Shahrzad Arshadi Playwright
Beatriz Pizano Director
Anahita Dehbonehie Original Set Design
Anahita Dehbonehie Original Costume Design
Nilofar Ziaiee Original Set Design
Nilofar Ziaiee Original Costume Design
Trevor Schwellnus Set Design Adaptation
Trevor Schwellnus Lighting Designer


Erika Morey Stage Manager


Nicole Eun-Ju Bell Venue Technician