White Rabbit, Red Rabbit is a play by Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour. Unable to travel due to his resistance to complete National Service, and the resulting lack of passport, Nassim wrote a play that could be performed anywhere in the world without him.
The unique premise of this play is that it performed by a different actor every night. The script is handed, in a sealed envelope, to an actor once they arrive on stage, they perform it once and never again. There are a few props on the stage and 48 hours ahead of the performance, the actor is instructed to prepare an ostrich impersonation. That is all they know. There is no director, no rehearsal, no other cast members.
White Rabbit, Red Rabbit has been translated into 20 languages and performed all over the world. Throughout the play audience members are invited on stage to act out different roles and a note taker is encouraged to email Nassim with the details of the performance they are attending.
The play has some fictional scenes acted out by the actor and participants, but also talks about Nassim himself, stories of his family and where he is at the time (it was written in 2010).
The storyline of the script isn't the best I've experienced but the concept of an actor performing something they have never read and the comparisons of current time and place vs the time and place of the author made it fascinating enough to keep me entertained.
White Rabbit, Red Rabbit is on at the Royal Croquet Club from Tues 7 March to Sun 19th March as part of the Adelaide Fringe.