Monday, March 27, 2017
White Rabbit Red Rabbit
Imagine being 29 years old and unable to leave your country. Iranian Nassim Soleimanpour is a conscientious objector who refused to take part in military service, mandatory for all Iranian men. Soleimanpour turned his isolation to his advantage with a wild, utterly original play, an absurdist adventure that blends comedy and drama. In White Rabbit, Red Rabbit, he distills the experience of an entire generation born amid the hardship of the Iran-Iraq war—computer-literate, well-informed young people who have never known an Iran other than the Islamic Republic. With no director, no set, and a different guest performer each night, this play is performed by distinct local actors reading a script they see for the first time as they step onstage in front of a live audience. Using a menagerie of allegorical animals, the play is “not about Iran,” but grapples with the social phenomena of power, obedience, and manipulation.
Pittsburgh Steelers selected defensive end T.J. Watt with the 30th pick in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday night. He comes with certain pedigree as his two older brothers J.J. and Derek already playing in the NFL. However the 6-foot-4, 252-pound Watt started just one season at Wisconsin but picked up 11-1/2 sacks last year. This is the fourth time in five years the Steelers picked someone for linebacker in the first round.
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