February 3–4, 2018
Written by Mehdi Moradpour
Translated from German by Neil Blackadder
Directed by Sami Ismat
Featuring: Maryam Abdi, Vic Kuligoski, Kaelan Strouse, and Anne Thompson
German Iranian playwright Mehdi Moradpour’s Pure Land, nominated for the Munich Prize for German Drama, traces the story of Tara, a pregnant Middle Eastern woman seeking political asylum amidst crippling bureaucracy and crumbling relationships. Neil Blackadder’s translation captures the poetry that won Moradpour the prestigious exil-DramatikerInnenpreis, a German theatre award for outstanding playwrights-in-exile.
Pure Land pits a torturous past against an uncertain future with sobering effect.
Presented in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Washington