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Wish You Were Here

By: Sanaz Toossi
Narrated by: Nikki Massoud, Marjan Neshat, Nazanin Nour, Artemis Pebdani, Roxanna Hope Radja
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Publisher's summary

Nazanin and her friends are on the brink of adulthood. As they prepare for a wedding, outside their living room the Iranian Revolution simmers and threatens to alter the course of their lives. Set over the course of 14 years, Sanaz Toossi’s timely world premiere play, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, shines a light on the daring potential of friendship amid the relentless aftershocks of political upheaval. 

Directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch

©2021 Sanaz Toossi (P)2021 AO Media LLC

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About the Writer

Sanaz Toossi is an Iranian-American playwright from Orange County, California. Her plays include Wish You Were Here (Williamstown Audible 2020; Playwrights Horizons 2021) and English (Roundabout Underground 2021; Weissberger New Play Award; Kilroys’ List 2019). She is currently under commission at the Atlantic Theater (Launch commission; Toulmin grant), Williamstown Theatre Festival, South Coast Repertory, IAMA Theatre, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival (American Revolutions Cycle). Toossi is a member of Youngblood and the Middle Eastern American Writers Lab at the Lark, and an alum of Clubbed Thumb’s Early Career Writers’ Group. She was the 2019 P73 Playwriting Fellow and a recipient of the 2020 Steinberg Playwright Award. She has an MFA from NYU Tisch. Toossi is a proud child of immigrants.

About the Director

Gaye Taylor Upchurch has directed many world premieres, including Lauren Gunderson's The Half-Life of Marie Curie (Audible at Minetta Lane); Anna Ziegler's The Last Match (Old Globe and Roundabout); Nick Gandiello's The Blameless (The Old Globe); Clare Lizzimore’s Animal (Atlantic Theater with Rebecca Hall and Studio Theatre, DC, Helen Hayes nomination); Laura Marks’s Bethany with America Ferrera (Women’s Project and Old Globe); and Melissa Ross’s Of Good Stock (South Coast Rep). She has also directed Carson McCullers's The Member of the Wedding (Williamstown); The Year of Magical Thinking with Kathleen Turner (Arena Stage); Michael Kimmel and Lauren Pritchard's musical Songbird (Two River); Simon Stephens’s Harper Regan and Bluebird (Atlantic); and Lucy Thurber’s Stay (Rattlestick Theater). Regional work includes An Iliad and As You Like It (Hudson Valley Shakespeare, the International Falstaff Award for Best Production and Falstaff nomination for Best Director). She has developed new work at P73, The Vineyard, Lincoln Center Theater, New Dramatists, Playwrights Realm, NY Stage & Film, and SPACE on Ryder Farm. She is an alumna of The WP Directors Lab, The Drama League, and North Carolina School of the Arts.

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