About the Show
Once upon a time I was engineer. Now I am engineer of my taxi.
Mahmoud is an exuberant, if overwhelmingly passionate, Iranian engineer-cum-taxi driver who relishes the chance to regale his passengers with his love of Persian culture. Emanuelos, a fabulously gay Spanish perfume salesman, can talk a mile-a-minute about his boyfriend, Behnam. And then there’s Tara, an awkwardly charming Iranian Canadian preteen who just wants to be “normal” (whatever that means). When the three strangers find themselves crossing paths in the busy streets of Toronto, their experiences with racism, sexism, homophobia, homesickness, and everything in between become intertwined in unexpected ways.
Written by Tara Grammy & Tom Arthur Davis
Directed by Tom Arthur Davis
Performed by Tara Grammy
Consulting Direction by Soheil Parsa
Assistant Direction by Omar Hady
Lighting Design by Linn Farley, Jenna Koenig, & Andre du Toit
Projection Design by Cameron Davis
Sound Design by Mike Conley
Set Design by Linn Farley, Tara Grammy, Tom Arthur Davis, & Jivesh Parasram
Production Managed by Deborah Courchene
Stage Managed by Jenna Koenig, Hannah Rose, & Heather Bellingham
Produced by Jessica Rose, Tara Grammy, Tom Arthur Davis, & Jivesh Parasram
★★★★ Critics’ Pick. "Slowly upends seeming stereotypes. Racism, homophobia, immigration, homesickness and cultural identity are sensitively explored. But even though Mahmoud has serious undertones, it never devolves into a lecture. This is a piece about people, not politics."
-Raven Snook, Time Out NY
GO! "Resonates with such poignant and universal familiarity."
-Bill Raden, LA Weekly
★★★★ Critics’ Pick. "That rare show that has humour and heart."
-Glenn Sumi, NOW Magazine
★★★★★ "Uproarious laughter!"
-Ryan West, Torontoist
-Alia Somani, Plays To See
★★★★½ "Packs a powerful punch."
-Lauren Gillett, Theatromania
"The gratifyingly complex portraits strip away our preconceptions of what it means to be Iranian."
-Erik Haagensen, Backstage
"Hilarious, touching, and involving."
-Mary Mallory, The Tolucan Times
“An infinitely worthwhile evening of theater.”
-Zachary Stewart, TheaterMania
“Exuberant, hyper-polished, pitch-and-rhythm-perfect.”
-Julio Martinez, Arts In LA
"Dazzlingly Great! A Tour-De-Force Performance!"
-3x Oscar-Nominee Woody Harrelson
Awards & Accolades
Finalist GOVERNOR GENERAL'S LITERARY AWARD FOR DRAMA • Canada Council for the Arts 2015
Nominee OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE - FEMALE • Dora Mavor Moore Awards 2016
Winner OVERALL EXCELLENCE IN A SOLO SHOW • New York Fringe Festival 2012
Winner ENCORE SERIES • New York Fringe Festival 2012
Winner BEST OF FRINGE • Toronto Fringe Festival 2012
Winner PATRON'S PICK • Toronto Fringe Festival 2012
Winner OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION & OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE • NOW Magazine 2012
May, 2015 • A Pandemic Theatre production • As a part of Why Not Theatre’s RISER Project • The Theatre Centre • Toronto, ON
October, 2014 • A Golden Thread Productions production, originally produced by Pandemic Theatre • San Francisco, USA
October, 2013 • A Pandemic Theatre production • As part of the National Union for Democracy in Iran Fundraiser (performed for Her Imperial Majesty Farah Pahlavi) • Toronto, ON
May-June, 2013 • A Pandemic Theatre production • Whitefire Theatre • Los Angeles, USA
September, 2012 • A Pandemic Theatre production • As a part of the Encore Series • Soho Playhouse • New York City, USA
August, 2012 • A Pandemic Theatre production • As a part of the NYC Fringe • Jimmy`s No. 43 • New York City, USA
July, 2012 • A Pandemic Theatre production • As a part of the Toronto Fringe • Tarragon Theatre Extra Space • Toronto, ON
March, 2011 • A Pandemic Theatre production • Tarragon Theatre Extra Space • Toronto, ON
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Mahmoud is now a book published by Playwrights Canada Press.
Finalist for 2015 Governor General's Literary Award for Drama.
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