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What’s On (Edmonton): Anahita’s Republic – AuTash Productions

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What’s On (Edmonton): Anahita’s Republic – AuTash Productions


Since the death of Mahsa Amini in September of 2022, protests against the Islamic Republic of Iran have swept the globe, raising awareness of women’s plight in that country like never before; but the fight for women’s rights has been going on for generations.

AuTash Productions brings a story of resistance and struggle to the Edmonton stage in what Intermission Magazine called a “biting and brave new play…the ninety-minute drama packs a mighty punch.” The Toronto Star dubbed Anahita’s Republic “an intriguing new play offering an insider perspective into gender, power and freedom in contemporary Iran.”

Anahita is a woman who refuses to wear the hijab and rules her own republic where she can live, dress, and speak as she pleases. To deal with the world outside of her compound, she controls the family business and the life of her brother Cyrus. One night, on the eve of an important secret meeting between progressive leaders, a young woman in a chador comes to Anahita’s compound, carrying explosive secrets that might destroy everything Anahita has tried to build.

Written by Hengameh E. Rice, a writing team with one member born in Iran and one born in Edmonton. Directed by Brian Dooley, a nationally recognized dramaturg, actor, and director, and former head of New Play Development for the Citadel Theatre. Developed with the support of Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre in Edmonton, Nowadays Theatre and Tarragon Theatre in Toronto, and many local Edmonton artists.

Anahita’s Republic will play at the Backstage Theatre in the Fringe Theatre Arts Barns (10330 84 Ave. NW) from May 19 – June 4, 2023.
Tickets available at https://tickets.fringetheatre.ca/event/601:4550/
For more information: www.anahitasrepublic.ca

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