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Dear Performer, a Conversation with Two Playwrights
Episode 11921st April 2022 • Beltline to Broadway • Lauren Van Hemert
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About the Guests

David Blakely is a playwright, director, actor, musician, songwriter, and the Playwright-in-Residence emeritus for Heller Theatre Company. His plays include Trade Privileges, Four Ways to Die, The Light Fantastic, For Your Examination, Frankenstein, Tales of Shoogilly, Hank the Cow Dog and Monkey Business (based on John R. Erickson’s book), and short plays: … The Oceans Would Be Full, Ars Longa Vita Ferris, The Next Blue Moon, and 7 Doorways/7 Stories. He holds an MFA from the Iowa Playwrights Workshop. He is Theatre Program Director at Rogers State University, and a member of the Dramatists Guild.

Nassim Soleimanpour is an Iranian playwright, theatre maker and the Artistic Director of the Berlin Based Theatre company Nassim Soleimanpour Productions. His plays have been translated into more than 30 languages and performed globally in over 50 countries. Best known for his play White Rabbit Red Rabbit, written to travel the world when he couldn’t, his work has been awarded the Dublin Fringe Festival Best New Performance, Summerworks Outstanding New Performance Text Award and The Arches Brick Award (Edinburgh Fringe) as well as picking up nominations for a Total Theatre and Brighton Fringe Pick of Edinburgh AwardWhite Rabbit Red Rabbit had a 9 month Off-Broadway run casting celebrated actors like Whoopi Goldberg, Nathan Lane, Martin Short, Bobby Cannavale, Wayne Brady, F. Murray Abraham, Cynthia Nixon and etc. Soleimanpour is currently living in Berlin with his beautiful wife and dog and is busy finalising his new play for the audiobook platform Audible, and a new play for Grob Theatre in Denmark.


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