145 6th Avenue
(enter on Dominick Street, one block south of Spring Street)
New York, NY 10013
Subway: C, E to Spring Street
2 Stories That End in Suicide
2 Stories that End in Suicide is a multimedia theater piece that draws from Sadegh Hedayat’s The Blind Owl and Cesare Pavese’s Among Women Only to investigate censorship and teenage rebellion in Iran. A young Iranian disguises herself as a bespectacled male writer and tries her hand at fiction writing, using a fantastical blogging device that emerges from inside her desk. The intrusions of her mysterious “uncle”–and a history of cultural repression–cause her to censor and sanitize the resulting story. She resorts to a juggling act of codes and disguises in an attempt to express herself through the unique language of censorship. Using puppetry, animation, and live actors, 2 Stories sheds an unsettling and humorous light on public and private suffering, and the impossibility of identity in a climate of repression.
This project is co-created/performed by Piehole, a company consisting of Tara Ahmadinejad (director), Patrick Harrison, Allison LaPlatney, Alice Winslow, and Jeff Wood. The show features set design by Alexandra Panzer and animation by Emily Friend Roberts. Sound by Laura Vitale.