Project Description:

Riser Project


Pandemic Theatre

May 13 to 24, 2015 at the Theatre Centre Incubator

After award-winning runs in New York City and sold-out runs in Los Angeles & San Francisco, MAHMOUD returns to Toronto for one final run.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.At once hilarious, insightful, and irreverent, Iranian born playwright/performer TARA GRAMMY (CBS Diversity Showcase) takes an exacting look at the political policies that hold immigrants as second class citizens and the media-created stigmas surrounding Iranian culture.

Directed and co-written by TOM ARTHUR DAVIS (Birth, Five Fingers, Elizabeth-Darcy), MAHMOUD’s return run will coincide with its publication with Playwrights Canada Press.


MAHMOUD is premiering as part of the RISER Project, a collaborative producing model presented by Why Not Theatre with the generous support of the Toronto Arts Council and Canadian Heritage.

For publicity inquiries, please contact Danielle Morgan (ClutchPR) at [email protected] or +1 416-904-8046, or Daniela Syrovy at [email protected]

Winner ENCORE SERIES New York Fringe Festival
Winner BEST OF FRINGE Toronto Fringe Festival

**** “A knockout!” –Time Out NY

NNNN “Outstanding Production” –NOW Magazine

***** “Uproarious laughter!” –Torontoist

GO! “Resonate[s] with such poignant and universal familiarity.” –LA Weekly