Foojan Nixie Shabrang and Nazanin Shoja; Photo Credit: Sina Pourzal

The Cultch Presents

Parifam

Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre and Medusa Theatre (Vancouver)

By Aki Yaghoubi

WORLD PREMIERE

The Femme Festival is made possible with the support of Charlotte and Sonya Wall Arts Fund

April 04–14, 2024

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Monday 12–6pm
Tuesday through Saturday 12–4pm

Open 1 hour prior to every show

Past and present, memories and secrets, swirl and blend in this powerful new play.

Detached from family and friends, Parifam Mana draws and paints in her private studio in Montréal—a place where memory and inspiration are in a continuous battle. Parifam‘s world is turned upside down when her childhood friend Ramak re-enters her life. Parifam and Ramak grapple with the hidden truths that linger in their past—soon to be revealed in an exhibition on Persian culture at a museum they built together.

The Draw

The courage of Iranian women takes centre stage in this world premiere by Canadian-Iranian playwright Aki Yaghoubi!

Show Credits

Cast:

Parifam
Foojan Nixie Shabrang

Ramak

Nazanin Shoja

Kian
Donia Kash

Casra
Alex Shirdel

Justin
Craig Erickson

Prison Guard / Man
Arsham Farasat
  

Voice Of Mr. Mana
Mehdi Darvish
 

TV News Reporter
Zara Durrani 

Creative Team:

Playwright
Aki Yaghoubi
 

Dramaturg
Diane Roberts

Director
Panthea Vatandoost

Set & Co-Props Designer
Parjad Sharifi
 

Costume Designer
elika mojtabaei
 

Lighting Designer
Jonathan Kim
 

Projection Designer
Joel Grinke
 

Sound Designer and Composition
Ruby Singh
 

Assistant Sound Designer 
Vanessa Lefan Yuen 阮樂凡
 

Co-Props Designer and Visual Painter
Megan Lane
 

Intimacy Director
Sam Jeffery
 

Production Team:

Producer
Patricia Trinh

Producer
Stephanie Wong

Production Manager
Jamie Sweeney
 

Technical Director
Liam Hunt
 

Stage Manager
Jessica Bournival
 

Stage Manager
Evan Ren
 

Apprentice Stage Manager
Caroline Tang
 

Active Listener
Faranak Ghorbani 

Musicians

Oud
Gordon Grdina

Bass

Mark Helias 

Cello

Hank Roberts

Percussion

Hamin Honari 

Voice

Fathieh Honari 

 

vAct is a member of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatre and engages under the terms of the Canadian Theatre Agreement, professional artists who are members of the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.

Parifam was developed with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Teesri Duniya Theatre, Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal, Montreal Arts Council, and Ruby Slipper Theatre.

Videos

Interview: Playwright Aki Yaghoubi and Director Panthea Vatandoost

Interview: Foojan Nixie Shabrang (Parifam) and Nazanin Shoja (Ramak)

Gallery

 Photos by LK Creative

Interview with Playwright
Aki Yaghoubi

“Playwright Aki Yaghoubi puts Persian culture at the forefront in Parifam”—Charlie Smith, Pancouver

Praise for Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (vAct)

Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (vAct) has brought Cultch audiences many powerful, delightful, and surprising performances over the years including Bad Parent, My Little Tomato, 1 Hour Photo, The Ones We Leave Behind, Kuroko, and Empire of the Son

“Audiences have come to expect great things from vAct. . . they are still committed to showcasing the stories of Asian Canadians, and promoting the work of Asian Canadian theatre artists.”

“One of the most exciting professional theatre companies in Canada and an incubator for some of the best Asian Canadian talent in the country”

Stir

Reviews

★★★★1/2
“The Mirror is risky, sexy, and cheeky in all the right ways.”

“Conceptual entertainment on a high artistic level. New, contemporary circus in its purest form. A great delight.”

Berliner Morgenpost

“Musically strong, fantastic acrobatics, a very artistic overall picture.”

 

Rbb inforadio

“Intimate and hilarious, this performance from contemporary circus company Gravity and Other Myths is one of a kind.”

ExBerliner

Ticket Prices

Section Pricing from:

A+: $49
A: $44
B: $39
C: $29

Indigenous Pricing:

Self-identifying Indigenous patrons can get tickets (sections A / A+) for just $20!

Use promo code: Indigenous

Valid for performances APR 05–14
Not applicable for PWYC Preview and Anniversary shows (APR 04 & 09)

Cultch Connects:

Our Cultch Connects program provides free tickets for families, community groups, artists, and others who might not be able to otherwise experience our shows. If you would like to learn more about how to access Cultch Connects tickets, please reach out to [email protected].

Pay-What-You-Choose Tickets:

We are thrilled to offer pay-what-you-choose pricing on select performances!  We encourage you to pay as you are able and help support the creation of these shows.

Anniversary Pricing

To celebrate our 50th Anniversary, we are offering $25 tickets to select performances! That's two tickets for $50!

Showtimes

Thurs, April 4, 7:30pm

Fri, Apr 5, 7:30pm

sat, Apr 6, 7:30pm

Sun, Apr 7, 2:00pm

tues, Apr 9, 7:30PM

Wed, Apr 10, 7:30pm

thurs, Apr 11, 7:30pm

Fri, Apr 12, 7:30pm

Sat, Apr 13, 2PM

Sat, Apr 13, 7:30pm

Sun, Apr 14, 2:00pm

Save up to 30%
with a Season Ticket Package!

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The Cultch offers American Sign Language (ASL) interpreted performances, Live Audio described performance in partnership with VocalEye and Relaxed Performances for a less restrictive environment. Those who do not require these accessibility features will not experience any disturbance to the performance.

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