Mohammad Yaghoubi is an award-winning playwright, director, screenwriter and theatre instructor. He was born and raised in Iran and moved to Canada in 2015. He co-founded NOWADAYS THEATRE company in Toronto in 2016.
Winter of 88
Translated by Nazanin Malekan & Mohammad Yaghoubi.
Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press, 2023.
Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)
A new apartment should be a warm and welcoming signal to a fresh chapter of life. It shouldn’t be where a family waits in the dark, surrounded by unpacked boxes, as missiles rain down around them.
Already eight years into the Iran–Iraq war, Nasrin and her two adult children—daughter Nahid and son Mahyar—just want to feel safe and settled. Tensions are already high, from bickering over who gets what room and what goes where to why Nahid’s husband left her. Mahyar leaves the apartment in a heated moment, leaving Nasrin wracked with fear. As the missiles start to strike and the power goes out, Nahid tries to hold everything together. From that moment on, it’s about survival.
This heart-wrenching meta-autobiographical play, presented in both English and Farsi, is a window into days when death was practically a neighbour in war-torn Tehran. It’s a dedication to those who are left behind with the trauma of war and survivors’ guilt. Author Mohammad Yaghoubi survived it, so he had to write about it.
Publisher Playwrights Canada Press