Photo by Linn Farley. Cover photo by Nir Bareket.

Photo by Linn Farley. Cover photo by Nir Bareket.

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.

Creative Team

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

★★★★★ "Mind-blowing."
-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


Production History

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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