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. "Grammy and her cowriter-director, Tom Arthur Davis, slowly upend seeming stereotypes. Racism, homophobia, immigration, homesickness and cultural identity are sensitively explored, especially during the characters’ brief but heated interactions. 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. "It's that rare show that has humour and heart."
-Glenn Sumi, NOW Magazine
★★★★★ "Uproarious laughter!"
-Ryan West, Torontoist
★★★★★ "Mind-blowing… a play that skillfully combines aesthetics and politics; a play that captures the brilliant performance of a young Canadian artist; and perhaps most importantly, a play that attests to the changing landscape of multicultural theatre in Canada."
-Alia Somani, Plays To See
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 • As a part of the Riser Project • The Theatre Centre • Toronto
October, 2014 • Golden Thread Productions • San Francisco
October, 2013 • National Union for Democracy in Iran Fundraiser (performed for Her Imperial Majesty Farah Pahlavi) • Toronto
May-June, 2013 • Whitefire Theatre • Los Angeles
August, 2012 • As a part of the NYC Fringe • Jimmy`s No. 43 • New York City
July, 2012 • As a part of the Toronto Fringe • Tarragon Theatre Extra Space • Toronto
March, 2011 • Tarragon Theatre Extra Space • Toronto
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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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