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CES, in association with Aurora Nova and Boat Rocker Entertainment, presents

White Rabbit, Red Rabbit

Starring Nicole Halmos

Sunday, March 13
3 PM
Frostburg Palace Theatre | 31 E. Main Street

White Rabbit, Red Rabbit

White Rabbit, Red Rabbit


A thoughtful, playful response to oppression. - New York Times

No set. No director. No rehearsal.

An actor receives a script in a sealed envelope for the first time on stage. What follows is a once-in-a-lifetime event for both actor and audience. Forbidden to leave his country, Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour transcribed his experience of isolation into this unique stage work, an absurdist adventure that blends comedy and drama.

Will you participate?
Will you be manipulated?
Will you listen?
Will you really listen?

"White Rabbit, Red Rabbit" has been performed around the world over 3,000 times by actors including Nathan Lane, Laura Linney, Martin Short, Wayne Brady, and Cynthia Nixon.

This play is not overtly political; it operates on a deeper, metaphoric level and very expressly avoids overt political comment. Be advised that the performance includes occurrences of profane language and scenes discussing suicide that may trigger past traumatic experiences for some people.

This performance is presented as part of the worldwide initiative, “Let There Be Theatre.” In March 2020, many theatres closed their doors because of the pandemic. The initiative celebrates the resilience of the arts sector as a global community and the important role theatres play for their audiences and for society at large. CES joins other theatres around the world so that this play will be performed and watched by actors and audiences everywhere.

"White Rabbit, Red Rabbit" was originally produced by Volcano Theatre in association with Necessary Angel and Wolfgang Hoffmann.


Nicole Halmos

Nicole Halmos most recently played Della in “The Cake” at the Cumberland Theatre. In 2021 she portrayed Mrs. Peacock in “Clue,” Kate in “All My Sons” and Mrs. Pascal in “The House of Yes.” Other local appearances include Sarah Jane Moore in “Assassins,” Mama Rose in “Gypsy,” Margaret in “Carrie – The Musical,” Jo/Mae in “Dirty Blonde,” the titular role in “Shirley Valentine,” Fräulein Schneider in Cabaret,” Martha in “Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Jocelyn Dunbar in David Sedaris “Seasons Greetings.” New York performances include “Titanic,” “Dido,” “Queen of Carthage,” “The Seagull,” “Faust, “Hamlet,” “Young Goodman Brown,“ “Funeral Games,” “The Holy Mother of Hadley, New York,” “The Fabulist,” “On A Clear Day You Can See Forever” and “Christobal Columbus.” Regional appearances include the Shakespeare Theatre in “The Alchemist,” Yale Rep in “Galileo,” Virginia Stage in “Private Lives,” Dallas Theater Center in “Wit,” Triad Stage in “Our Town,” Baltimore Center Stage in “Sweeney Todd,” Fords Theatre in “A Christmas Carol,” Seaside Theater in “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “A Little Night Music,” “The Royal Family” and “Little Me.” She toured nationally and internationally in “The Sound of Music” with Marie Osmond, Debbie Boone, and Marla Schaffel. Awards include the Sustainers Award for Best Supporting Actress as Charlotte in “A Little Night Music,” the Boston Globe Years 10 Best” award for her performance as Hannale in “The Captains Doll“ at the Wellfleet Theater, the Syracuse Post-Standards Not To Be Missed” for her performance in the title role of “Molly Sweeney” and a Distinguished Alumni Award from Bishop Walsh High School. Nicole also performs in concert and is featured on the original soundtracks of “The Fabulist,” “Three Blondes and a Bowl” and “Sugar Dumpling.” In 2020-2021 she was a featured guest artist for the Cumberland Choral Society’s virtual concert series.  Nicole also teaches private voice and acting and works as an actor/trainer/coach for corporate executives, managers, and sales teams. Later this year, Nicole will play Mattie Fae in “August, Osage County” at the Cumberland Theatre.

Nassim SoleimanpourNassim 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 Award. “White Rabbit, Red Rabbit” had a nine-month Off-Broadway run casting celebrated actors like Nathan Lane, Martin Short, Bobby Cannavale, Wayne Brady, F. Murray Abraham, and Cynthia Nixon.

By the time Nassim was permitted to travel for the first time in early 2013, his play “White Rabbit, Red Rabbit” had already been performed hundreds of times in more than a dozen languages. Since then, Nassim has facilitated workshops and panels in different events including World Theatre Festival (Brisbane), Tolhuistuin (Amsterdam), SESC Vila Mariana (Sao Paulo), Schauspielhaus (Vienna), DPAC (Kuala Lampur), Theatertreffen (Berlin), Grob Theatre (Copenhagen), British Council London and The Bush Theatre (London), University of Bremen (Germany), ISPA (Edinburgh), TATA Litreture (India), FAE (Lima) and Borak [Oz Asia] (Adelaide).

Nassim’s second play, “Blind Hamlet,” commissioned by the London-based Actors Touring Company premiered at The LIFT 2014 and has toured in the UK and was received well in Edinburgh, Bucharest, and Copenhagen. His third play, “BLANK,” premiered in November 2015 simultaneously in Amsterdam, Utrecht, and London and has been performed in the UK, Australia, Spain, Mexico, US, Argentina, India, Finland, Denmark, Canada, etc.

His most recent play, “NASSIM,” produced by the Bush Theatre in London, was premiered in August 2017 and won a Fringe First Award followed by more than 300 shows in 12 languages across the world. “NASSIM” had a successful five-month Off-Broadway run casting celebrated American actors like Michael Shannon, Zachary Quinto, Tracy Letts, Carrie Coon, Kate Walsh, Carla Gugino, Cory Michael Smith, Kathey Najimi, Richard Kind, and Reed Birney. “NASSIM” won a 2019 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Unique Theatrical Experience and was nominated for Prix de la critique maison 2018-2019 à Québec in Dans la catégorie Hors Québec.

A retrospective of Soleimanpour's plays was held at the Bush Theatre in 2017 under the title “Nassimplays.”

Soleimanpour’s short play, “Down By the Creek,” was published by the New York Times as part of America 2024.

When most theatres had to shut down in 2020 due to a global pandemic, Nassim mentored seven young playwrights to publish a book that could be read and performed sight unseen around the fire. October 2020, produced by the Boundless Theatre (London), it lit fires across the UK!    

On March 13, 2021, to mark the anniversary of the shutdown – from a prison in Mexico, to a local theatre in Pakistan, from Guatemala to New York – 120 producers across the globe presented “White Rabbit, Red Rabbit.”

Soleimanpour currently lives in Berlin with his beautiful wife and dog and is busy finalizing his new play for the audiobook platform Audible, and a new play for Grob Theatre in Denmark. 

This performance is free; audience members are encouraged to make donations to benefit the Frostburg Palace Theatre.

No tickets will be issued. Doors will open at 2:30 PM and we encourage audience members to arrive early to ensure seating.

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CES is supported in part by grants from the  Maryland State Arts Council, the Allegany Arts Council, and the City of Frostburg.


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