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Doost (Friend)

Neworld Theatre (Vancouver)

March 22 – 26, 2016

Historic Theatre

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With the support of our friends at the Nimatullahi Sufi order

World Premiere

Doost (Friend) takes the audience on a mystical journey of poetry, parable, dance, and music. A unique ensemble of artists and adherents of the Nimatullahi Sufi order explore the universal essence of mystic poetry including Rumi, Hafez, and Nurbakhsh. Doost is a story about heritage, compassion and community. Through dance, poetry, and music, we explore the borders between the secular and the spiritual, between professionals and community members, and – in the context of a world that is too often hostile and ignorant of Eastern practices – the difference between our understanding of ‘us’ and ‘them’.

In 1995, Camyar Chai founded Neworld Theatre with a vision of creating an artist-driven company that created work that reflected the actual diversity of the community it belongs to: that explored and deconstructed borders, be they artistic, political, or personal. In 2005 Camyar left the company to his friend and co-director, Marcus Youssef. Eleven years later, Camyar returns to Neworld as the creator and co-director of Doost, along with new Neworld Associate Artistic Director, Chelsea Haberlin. Doost emerges from Camyar’s desire to merge his practice as a theatre artist with his spiritual practice as a Sufi. Doost brings together members of the Vancouver Sufi Centre and professionals from the theatre community – they’ll perform the show together. The Canadian Memorial United Church has come on board, too, with an interest in inter-faith dialogue about the role of spirituality in a secular society.

The draw: Adapted by Camyar Chai, co-creator of the hit show Ali & Ali

Doost by Camyar Chai from Neworld Theatre on Vimeo.

Venue: Historic Theatre – 1895 Venables Street

Show Dates and Times:
Mar 22, 8 PM: Opening
Mar 23 – 26: 8 PM
Mar 26: 2 PM

Running Time: 80 minutes, no intermission

Co-Directed by: Camyar Chai and Chelsea Haberlin
Samuel Bob, Sofia Bunting Newman, Elijah Chai, Frances Kitson, Maya Lee, Richard Newman, Nadeem Phillip, Luc Roderique, Delara Tiv, Keyvan Tiv, Vajieh Tiv, Jada
Soleyman Vaseghi, Hamin Honari, Ali Razmi, Brandon Walker, Amir Eslami
Scenography by:
Parjad Sharifi
Costume Design by:
Farnaz Khaki-Sadigh
Stage Managed by:
Yvonne Yip
Assistant Stage Managed by:
Ruth Bruhn
Production Assistance by:
Genevieve Fleming and Pedro Chamale

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