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Sohrab and Rustum

Sohrab and Rustum

Sohrab and Rustum is the first play of The Sugar in the Milk Trilogy, a series of solo plays written and performed by Zaraawar Mistry.

Sohrab and Rustum
Written and performed by Zaraawar Mistry
Created in collaboration with Kathleen Sullivan
Music composed and performed live by Tim O'Keefe and Maryam Yusefzadeh
First workshop production created with assistance from Andrew Kim
Photo: Charissa Uemura

Minnesota Public Radio profile of Zaraawar Mistry by Marianne Combs

The story of the warrior Rustum and his son Sohrab is a beloved tale from the Iranian epic, Ferdowsi's Shahnama. Zaraawar Mistry's solo work intertwines the ancient legend with a contemporary tragi-comic story of a modern day Parsi family from Mumbai. Playing a dozen different characters, and using a handful of objects to evoke multiple settings, Mistry performs a riveting drama of family, war and migration, set to music performed live by Persian music virtuosos Tim O'Keefe and Maryam Yusefzadeh.

The Parsis are Zoroastrians who emigrated to India from Iran in the 10th century.

Age Recommendation: 13+
Run time: 60 minutes. No intermission.

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Sohrab and Rustum is the first play of The Sugar in the Milk Trilogy, a series of solo plays written and performed by Zaraawar Mistry. The three plays in the series are Sohrab and Rustum (2002), Indian Cowboy (2006), and The Other Mr. Gandhi (2012).

About the title of the Trilogy: Listen to Zaraawar's telling of The Sugar in the Milk story, from his collection of Children's Stories from India.

Past Performances:
Dreamland Arts, St. Paul (2008, 2013)
Stages Repertory Theater, Houston (2005)
Augsburg College, Minneapolis (2005)
Stony Brook University, New York (2003)
Asia Society, New York, (2003)
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2003)
Southern Theater, Minneapolis (2002)
Center for Ind. Artists, Minneapolis (2002)

The original productions of Sohrab and Rustum at the Center for Independent Artists and at Asia Society were made possible by the generous support of The Jerome Foundation, the Oswald Family Foundation, and many individual donors. Thank you.

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