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written and performed by Michael Shayan
directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel
World Premiere
Segerstrom Stage

APRIL 29 - MAY 27, 2023

Talya Nevo-Hacohen & Bill Schenker

Farhang Foundation


Meet Roya, our fabulous hostess, as she welcomes you into her home to celebrate Nowruz, the Iranian New Year. She’s preparing a feast, but the main attraction is Roya sharing her great American journey from Tehran to “Tehran-geles,” California. Get ready for the time of your life with this hilarious and deeply personal tribute to the playwright’s mother, deliciously portrayed by the person who knows her best—her son. Traditions, humor and passionate storytelling transform this tale of family bonds into an unforgettable theatre event!

Previews: April 29-May 4, 2023
First Night: May 5, 2023
Regular Performances: May 6-27, 2023

Recommendation: Ages 16+

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About the Creative Team

Michael Shayan (Playwright) ​​​(he/him) is a queer Iranian-American writer and performer from “Tehran-geles,” Calif. He recently received the inaugural Sundance Institute Uprise Grant and is a member of the Geffen Playhouse Writers Room. He’s writing a new play commission for Audible, and his work has been seen and developed at La MaMa, New York Stage & Film, Rattlestick Theatre, The Lark, Project Y Theatre, Dixon Place and Art House, among others. He was a Lambda Literary LGBTQ Voices Fellow in Playwriting, and his work has been featured in The Advocate magazine. He is a writer and consulting producer on the upcoming “Book of Queer” (Discovery+) and worked on Season 2 of HBO’s “We’re Here.” At 13, he was the youngest performer at the Hollywood Magic Castle. Shayan studied playwriting at Harvard and received his MFA from Mac Wellman’s program at Brooklyn College. Recipient: Himan Brown Playwriting Award. Distinguished Achievement: Paul Stephen Lim Playwriting Award, Kennedy Center. Residencies: Stillwright, La MaMa Umbria, Lambda Emerging LGBTQ Voices Retreat. Finalist: New Dramatists, Dramatists Guild Fellowship. Rep: The Gersh Agency.


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