Nassim is a play unlike any other I have ever seen. When I read that there are no rehearsals and there is a new guest star for every performance, I was surprised. The only other detail was, there is a sealed envelope and playwright uses the power of language to unite us, and that intrigued me further.
As a theater actor, I would never imagine stepping on the stage without rehearsals, and so my first thought after reading the description was, “HOW?” and my second thought was, “This will either be a disaster or a life changing experience!”
After seeing the piece I understand why there is no detailed description. And I am delighted to say that it was indeed a life changing experience.
It was a journey that the entire audience took with the guest star, Corbin Bernsen and discovered every moment with him. We the audience were as much a part of the play as Corbin and Nassim were. The play was entertaining, engaging and inspiring as we learnt a few words in the new language together.The point that the playwright is making is very simple, and yet so profound: language unites us, but more importantly, that embracing each other’s humanity and culture with an open heart can melt boundaries Could the answer to all our issues be so simple. After seeing this play I find myself saying “Maybe!”.
In the midst of tragic events happening in the world, Nassim manages to tackle some serious issues in a child like innocent and wondrous manner and that is the victory of the play. There was a smile on every single person’s face as we left the theater, not one audience member fell asleep, we as a group were alive, focusing and playing with the actor. I give credit to Corbin Bernsen for being open and willing to go on this crazy ride with us. Nassim works because of the playwright’s genuine and candid voice.
As a playwright, Nassim Soleimanpour has managed to push the envelope and give us something so new and delightful that it leaves you asking for more. I later learnt that this format is not new for the playwright, his previous work, an award-winning play White Rabbit Red Rabbit followed the same structure. Unfortunately he could not see White Rabbit Red Rabbit being performed as he could not leave Iran. I am grateful that now he is able to travel and not just see his work but be a part of it.
Nassim managed to challenge my way of thinking and impacted me deeply, in that soft place in my heart where my childhood lives. Thank you Nassim Soleimanpour, for bringing your imaginative story-telling to the world and for keeping the child within you alive.
NASSIM by Nassim Soleimanpour Directed by Omar Elerian
NY Production Management and Design by Keith Truax, NY Art Design by Fraver
Dec 5, 2018 – Apr 20, 2019
Tickets start at $69.50
Running Time: 75 Minutes, No intermission, Ages: 12+
Tickets are available online or on the phone by calling CityTix at 212-581-1212