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Prisoner of Tehran ()

Produced by

Contrary Company and Theatre Passe Muraille

Author: Marina Nemat
Adapter: Maja Ardal
Director: Maja Ardal

Adapted from the bestselling memoir by Marina Nemat


Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace


April 10th, 2012 – April 28th, 2012


In 1980, when she was only 16 years old, Marina Nemat was arrested for speaking out against Ayatollah Khomeini’s regime.  She was imprisoned in the infamous Evin Prison, tortured, and sentenced to death. At the last minute her execution was halted by her interrogator, who then forced her into marriage. She continued to be a prisoner. For over 20 years Marina Nemat never spoke of her experiences, until she was living in Canada and could no longer stay silent about what she had survived. An extraordinary tale of faith and survival, Prisoner of Tehran is a testament to the power of love in the face of evil and injustice. (


Bahareh Yaraghi Marina
Mirian Katrib Female Roles
Razi Shawahdeh Male Roles

Creative Team

Marina Nemat Author
Maja Ardal Adapter
Maja Ardal Director
Kim Blackwell Associate Director
Kim Blackwell Dramaturge
Julia Tribe Set Designer
Julia Tribe Costume Designer
Lyon Smith Sound Designer
Steven Hawkins Lighting Designer
Fides Krucker Vocal Director


Kim Blackwell Producer
Bridget Norris-Jones Associate Producer
Fiona Jones Stage Manager
Jackie Campbell Sewer
Mark Stainback Public Relations Coordinator
Mary Francis Moore Educational Workshop Facilitator
Jessi Linn Davies Study Guide Creator
Christina de Jong New Media / Website Designer
Azadeh Yaraghi Graphic Designer