'The Orange Garden' portrays an unlikely romance during Iranian Revolution

EVANSTON - The next generation of American theater directors and designers team up for the current MFA Lab series now through May 27 at Northwestern University’s Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts. Next up in the series is an award-winning play about an unlikely romance during the Iranian Revolution.

The Orange Garden is the story of a young Peace Corps volunteer who lands in Iran in 1972 and is quickly swept up into a dangerous romance and the growing fire of revolution. This remarkable new play won the 2016 Keene Prize for Literature and illuminates the complications of falling in love with people and places by weaving together Rumi's poetry, 1960s rock music and the lyricism of the Persian language.

Written by Joanna Garner and directed by MFA directing candidate Hassan Al Rawas, The Orange Garden runs May 4 to 6 in the Hal and Martha Hyer Wallis Theater located at 1949 Campus Drive on the Evanston campus.

The May 5 performance at 8 p.m. includes a post-show discussion with the playwright and director. 

Stephanie Kulke


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