The Resting Place is a provocative and intense look at an American Family in a cloudburst of crisis—filled with raw humor, piercing darkness and fierce love. Ashlin Halfnight (Magic Virgin Play Festival 2017) addresses familial obligation, guilt, our own complacency and culpability in wrongdoing and asks, how do we reconcile our love for someone with the knowledge of their horrifying transgression?
Ashlin Halfnight is currently a writer on the Emmy Award-winning Netflix show, BLOODLINE. His feature films ASTRAEA and DIVING NORMAL can be found on VOD, and his mockumentary feature MAYBE THERE'S A TREE (starring Colin Mochrie & Creed Bratton) is currently in post-production. His teen thriller SURVIVAL BOX is in pre-production, scheduled to shoot in July, 2017 in Toronto. His plays have been performed across North America and Europe and include ARTIFACTS OF CONSEQUENCE, A HARD WALL AT HIGH SPEED, LAWS OF MOTION, and GOD'S WAITING ROOM. Ashlin is a Fulbright Scholar, former professional hockey player signed by the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes, a Howard Stein Playwriting Fellow, and was the 2006 artist in residence at the National Theater of Hungary, in Budapest. Ashlin holds an honors BA in English from Harvard University and an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University’s School of the Arts. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and sons, and enjoys whiskey, new socks, and the film Footloose.
“NASSIM speaks eloquently of living and working in a place with a language not your own.”
– The New York Times
“★★★★ Thrilling! Poignant and sweet.”
– Time Out New York
“An unusually vivid celebration of theatre’s liveness.”
– The Guardian
★★★★ “As he heightens the audience’s sense of complicity in his art, Soleimanpour makes a quietly persuasive case for theatre’s special power to foster empathy.” – London Evening Standard
“Surprising, disarming, and ultimately moving, NASSIM is a cleverly constructed theatrical game that forges a delicate connection between strangers in real time.”
– Sydney Morning Herald
Writer and Performer: Nassim Soleimanpour
Performer: A new actor for every performance
Director: Omar Elerian
Designer: Rhys Jarman
Sound Designer: James Swadlo
Lighting Designer: Rajiv Pattani
Production Manager: Michael Ager
Script Editors: Carolina Ortega and Stewart Pringle
NASSIM was originally commissioned and produced by the Bush Theatre and received its world premiere at the
Bush Theatre, London, on 25 July 2017.
Directed by Omar Elerian.
No rehearsal. A sealed envelope,
A new actor in each performance.
An evening unlike any other. The latest play from Iranian born playwright Nassim Soleimanpour
(White Rabbit, Red Rabbit) is a wondrous consideration of live theater, language, and the transcendent power of friendship. Direct from sold out
performances around the globe.
Nassim Soleimanpour (playwright and performer) is an
independent multidisciplinary theatre maker best known for his multi award-winning play White Rabbit Red Rabbit. Nassim’s play BLANK premiered in the UK at the Bush Theatre’s RADAR festival in 2015, also playing in Amsterdam and Utrecht with further performances all over the world including at the Edinburgh Fringe and in Argentina, Australia and India. Further plays include Blind Hamlet which premiered at LIFT Festival 2014 prior to a UK tour and productions in Bucharest and Copenhagen. Nassim now lives in Berlin and has been commissioned to write a new play for Teater Momentum (Denmark) and the audiobook platform Audible.
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