Through the Elevated Line / by R. Sheth


March 7–April 15, 2018

The World Premiere
Written by Novid Parsi
Directed by Carin Silkaitis

Having fled Iran where he was imprisoned for being a gay man, a damaged Razi arrives at his sister's doorstep in Chicago only to disrupt the life she and her American husband built together. As the Chicago Cubs vie to make history, rivalries of a different kind simmer in the Uptown two-flat that Razi tries to call home. With echoes of A Streetcar Named Desire, Novid Parsi's world premiere drama probes the boundaries between family, loss, prejudice, and desire.


Sean | Philip Winston*
Razi | Salar Ardebili
Cesar and Others
| Christian Castro
Soraya | Catherine Dildilian
| Alison Plott
Cesar and Others
| Armando Reyes
Ben | Scott Shimizu
| Joshua Volkers
Understudy for Razi
| Ninos Baba
Understudy for Chuck | Bobby Bowman
Understudy for Razi and Cesar
| Charlie Diaz
Understudy for Soraya
| Tina El Gamal
Understudy for Beth
| Amy Gray
Understudy for Sean
| Reed Willard
Understudy for Ben
| Tim Yong

Production Team

Producer | Malik Gillani
 | Jamil Khoury
Associate Producer
| Corey Pond
| Novid Parsi
 | Carin Silkaitis
Production Manager
| Kelly Butler
Production Manager | Kat McNall
Stage Manager
| Joshua Baggett*
Scenic Designer
| Joe Schermoly §
Costume Designer
| Elsa Hiltner
Lighting Designer
| Lindsey Lyddan
Sound Designer and Original Music
| Jeffrey Levin
Props Designer
| Abigail Cain
Fight and Intimacy Designer
| Gaby Labotka
Fight Captain | Joshua J. Volkers
Intimacy Captain | Alison Plott
Farsi Coach
| Salar Ardebili
Dramaturg | Kate Cuellar
Technical Director
| Harrison Ornelas
Assistant Director
| Kristin Osborn
Rehearsal Assistant Stage Manager
| Stephen Kossack
Performance Assistant Stage Manager | Melissa Hubbert
Master Electrician
| David Trudeau
Marketing Coordinator
| Colin Smith
Box Office Manager | Al Gillani
House Manager
| Nick Johnson
Program Editor
| Sarah Ibis
Press and Archive Photographer | Airan Wright
Additional Photographer | Scott Dray
Videographer | Deann Baker

* Member of Actor's Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers.

† Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation, which exists to foster, promote and develop the creativity and craft of stage directors and choreographers.

§ Member of United Scenic Artists, the union of professional designers, artists, and craftspeople.