Sunday, 15 July 2012

VOICES: Carlos Canhameiro (Brasil)

From: Carlos Canhameiro
Date: Sun, Jul 15, 2012 at 6:24 AM
Subject: The End


VOICES: Sabrina Alves (São José do Rio Preto)

On Sun, Jul 14, 2012 at 6:01 AM, Sabrina Alves wrote:


(I don't know if the e-mail that the actor said in the play is true, but I'll try it anyway lol)

I liked your play so much. Congratulations...Made me feel that strange sensation that the good plays do!




2012/7/15 nassim Soleimanpour <>

Hey sabrina,
You got me. The E-mail is true.


From: Sabrina
Date: Sun, Jul 15, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Subject: Re: Play White rabbit red rabbit
To: nassim Soleimanpour <>


That's so nice! After sending you that e-mail, I looked in google and I found your blog, with the pictures of the performances around the world, including in my city, Sao Jose do Rio Preto, Brasil! And the impressions of the public...That was a really great play, and I hope I can see other plays written by you!

Thanks for answer!

ps: while I was watching, I was so afraid with the possibility to go to the stage and participate, because I am so shy...ahaha. And I thought that maybe this is the feeling (the fear) that people (or the red rabbit) who is always watched tastes...I had a very good time! =D

Kiss from brasil! =D

FACES: Rabbits in Brazil

Sent from Jose Roberto
Sent from Homero Ferreira
Sent from Carlos Canhameiro

VOICES: Nassim and Jon Plackett (London)

Sent during the show...

From: Jon Plackett
Date: Sat, Jul 14, 2-12 at 9:58 PM
Subject: Re: From latitude festival, uk
To: nassim Soleimanpour <>

Here's the rest. How are you?
The actor is doing his rabbit impression now.

On 14 Jul 2012, at 18:41, nassim Soleimanpour <> wrote:

How many audience members are in the hall???

From: Jon
Date: Sat, Jul 14, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Subject: Re: From latitude festival, uk
To: nassim Soleimanpour <>

There are about over 300 of us. We wouldn't let him drink the water. We recommended a cup of tea instead - very British! Great play. Do you always know when it's going to be performed so you can reply?

On 14 Jul 2012, at 20:14, nassim Soleimanpour <> wrote:

No - LOL - I was just check my E-mails. This was/is a new experience about WRRR even for me.
It was really cool.

From: Jon
Date: Sun, Jul 15, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Subject: Re: From latitude festival, uk
To: nassim Soleimanpour <>

Glad we could help! I guess it will become more and more common as technology moves on. Maybe you'll get skyped in one of these days. Although I guess that would ruin it a bit!

It's a very interesting and intelligent play. It left us all with a lot to think about. I work as a writer in advertising here in London - we often find that the most creative solutions come from the biggest problems and I think that's true here too.


FACES: The White Rabbit on July 14 (London)

From: Emma Byrne
Date: Sat, Jul 14, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Subject: Your white rabbit...
To:, Zoe Goodacre

Is Zoe

VOICES: Nassim and Nick Chapman (London)

Sent during the show...

On Sat, July 14 2012 at 9:41 PM, Nick Chapman wrote:

Hi Nassim

We are watching Marcus act your play at Latitude.

Good luck

Nick (no 12)

From: nassim Soleimanpour <>
To: Nick
Sent: Sat Jul 14 18:21:38 2012
Subject: Re: Hi watching your play

Hey Nick
What's up? Did Marcus drink any of the glasses????

From: Nick
To: nassim Soleimanpour <>
Sent: Sat Jul 14 2012 at 9:58 PM
Subject: Re: Hi watching your play

I read out your email at Marcus' request. About 400 people say that they are greatly enjoying your play.

From: nassim Soleimanpour <>
To: Nick Chapman
Sent: Sat Jul 14 18:39:48 2012
Subject: Re: Hi watching your play

400 people??? Is that the audience number????

From: Nick
To: nassim Soleimanpour <>
Sent: Sat Jul 14 2012 at 10:16 PM
Subject: Re: Hi watching your play

Yes. That's what Marcus said. We asked him not to drink the water, and he decided to do what we asked.

FACES: Rabbits at Latitude (London)

From the July 14, 2012 performance.

Photo by Zoe Goodacre

VOICES: Nassim and Liz Isaac (London)

Sent during the show...

On Sat, Jul 14 2012 at 9:48 PM
Subject: Your play.
To: nassim Soleimanpour <>

Watching your play at Latitude. Are you alive we wonder?

From: nassim Soleimanpour <>
Date: Sat, 14 Jul 2012 21:50:17 +0430
To: Liz
Subject: Re: Your play.

YESSSSSS..... I'm alive... What about your actor????

From: Liz
Date: Sat, Jul 14, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Subject: Re: Your play.
To: nassim Soleimanpour <>

He is for now!

FACES: Stage Shots at Latitude Festival (London)

The view for Sydney on July 14, 2012

The view for N. Wallace on July 14, 2012

Friday, 13 July 2012

VOICES & FACES: Mary Hill (London)

While the script has the actor repeating how to spell "Nassim" the sn is sometimes unclear, so if I'm supposed to send this to .sm I'll find out soon enough.

I think the only thing that was unclear about my notetaking was you would say notetaker, and then continue on. I never found out the reason why I was supposed to take notes (though I had a guess) but just as that was about to be said, Arthur just yelled GUN. So I still took the notes.

I get a lot of what you were saying about being passive observers, but when I come to the theatre I come prepared to go with the script because it's more fun if you go along with the story being told. If an actor asks for audience participation, I'll participate. If I'm asked a question, I'll answer. If I'm sat on by an actor and he begins to comment on the show, I'll comment back. (This happened once. The actor wasn't really prepared for that though...) So for me it has made sense about white rabbits and red rabbits, bears, circuses, cheetahs and etc, but it's still a separate occasion, a different mindset.

As of five minutes after the show Arthur still looked good, so I'm going to hope that he chose the regular water and/or it wasn't poison. He said the only thing he had been told to do is look up ostriches and the first video that popped up was a man who was dressed as an ostrich being attached by an ostrich.

Have you been out of Iran yet, or are you still trapped? I'm from San Francisco but I'm in London for 8 weeks to study Shakespeare.


With actor Arthur Darvill

FACES: Daniel MacIvor at Magnetic North (Calgary)

Canadian theatre legend Daniel MacIvor looking pretty pleased after his performance of White Rabbit, Red Rabbit (obviously didn't drink from the poisoned glass...)

Photo by Ken Cameron

Opening Night in Brazil

Photo from Gabriel Barone:

VOICES: Renato Alves (São José do Rio Preto)

Hello, Nassim!

My name is Renato, I'm from Brazil and I'm 22 years old.

I just watched White Rabbit, Red Rabbit and I'm really, really excited about it - the interaction, the excellent writing, the personal many things I considered amazing.

And I got so moved by its essence: thinking that no  matter where we live, we are joined by thoughts, ideas and common feelings, and that words can connect us more than just true: it's magnificent. The kind of thing that changes us.

I was one of the rabbits on the cage scene, but I don't have any picture here with me. I hope that the guy in the audience sends it to you soon.

Congratulations for the play. I can't stop revisiting it in my head. Hope you're fine while reading this!

São José do Rio Preto, Brazil (July, 13, 2012)

ps. Kelzy Ecard is the actress who read White Rabbit, Red Rabbit for us tonight. Sweet and funny lady.
ps2. White Rabbit, Red Rabbit in Portugeuse is "Coelho Vermelho, Coelho Branco" :)

VOICES: Paul Hackworth (London)

Hi Nassim,

I hope this email finds you well. Yesterday, I attended a performance of your place at the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill, West London, with Tamsin Greig as the "actor." Tamsin is one of the best actors we have in the UK (or anywhere for that matter), and she brought a lot of personality and emotion to her reading of the play. Her evocation of cheetahs pretending to be ostriches is something that will stay in my mind for a long time - I only hope that someone captured it on video so that you can see it one day.

I am sending you a photo of Tamsin, with five "obligatory volunteer" rabbits - the lady on the left is from Iran.

The one thing I wanted to say to you is this - why does anyone feel the need to volunteer to read the final part of the play, the last two pages? Surely if no-one volunteers, the suicide machine cannot kill? I wanted to shout out to tell the other audience members not to volunteer, but also didn't think anyone would, and I was surprised that so many did, since you'd made the outcome fairly obvious. For me, talking to an actor on stage is a pretty extreme example of "breaking the fourth wall" (or is that the fifth?), so I wasn't ready to go a stage further and tell other audience members to ignore an explicit instruction from the playwright.

I will close by wishing you all the best for the future, and I hope you continue to send us such thought-provoking plays, and that one day you will be allowed to travel to see them performed.

Good luck,

Paul Hackworth

VOICES: Sandra and John (London)

Hello Nassim,

We saw White Rabbit, Red Rabbit at the Gate Theatre in London on Sunday, July 1st. We both agree that we have never seen anything like this before and we were totally absorbed from beginning to end. The actor was the wonderful Tamsin Greig who delivered the script brilliantly. Her "ostrich" was so good it's hard to believe she was reading the script for the first time.

The audience tried to persuade the actor not to drink the water and one person took direct action and emptied both glasses on the floor. It didn't work. Tamsin drank the last few drops and wiped the glass out with her finger to get every last drop.

It was a roller coaster of emotions and a wonderful piece of writing.

We hope that one day you will be able to join your audience around the world.

Thank you and good luck.

Sandra and John

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

VOICES: The Blog @ Boston Court

Thoughts from a blogger on White Rabbit, Red Rabbit. Hope she'll get to see it some day!

"Theatre is an experience: one that is shared between the production staff, the cast, the audience, and the playwright. I have never been to, or heard of, a production that has so poignantly touched so many people, and affected people so strongly in a way that they feel the need to reach out to the playwright to thank them for that experience. But, in my opinion, that's how strongly it should affect people. Maybe I just expect too much, but since theatre is a live event, and there is no screen that acts as a middle man, then the connection should be that deep and should be that moving. White Rabbit, Red Rabbit is one of those shows that people continue to think about and discuss far after the play is done, and I'm so pleased that theatre still has the power to do that today."

Read the full blog post on The Blog @ Boston Court.

FACES: Flickr captures WRRR on July 1

Take a look at this great photo set from Mehrdad Aref-Adib on Flickr!

Photos from the July 1, 2012 performance at The Gate in London, England. Performed by Arthur Darvill.

VOICES: Eloisa De la Maza and Nassim Soleimanpour

Date: Sun, 1 Jul 2012 16:07:10 +0100

Dear Nassim

I hope this email finds you well.

I have now been to my third Wrrr and I have loved it, third time even better! London 14.00 hrs BST

I managed to take a picture for you not too good. This time I really thought the audience was going to save the actor!

Many told Tamsin that she had a choice in drinking it or not! I thought this time ....

Anyway at the end all of us let her drink the poison!

I am now having a break for the last show, I will write to you once it finishes.

Best wishes

Subject: Re: FW:
Date: Sun, 1 Jul 2012 22:03:43 +0430

Oh my!!! 4 times... Let me know what happensssss...


Subject: RE:
Date: Sun, Jul 1, 2012 at 11:45 PM

We complied and assisted all the actors in their suicides!

I saw some other crows too! I was getting a little worried with my obsession of WRRR, but not alone

I didn't have the courage to get up and read the end of the script but I now know for certain I don't want to be a white rabbit in my life even if it's the worst kind of suicide so thank you ever so much for the eye opener that WRRR has been to me

Best wishes

FACES: Rabbits at The Gate (London), July 1

From the July 1, 2012 performances at The Gate in London.

With actor Arthur Darvill

With actor Tamsin Greig

With actor Tamsin Greig