Suddenly Slaughter

Dance Centre's DANCELAB work-in-progress showing:


Friday May 4, 2018


Faris Family Studio, Scotiabank Dance Centre

Free admission 


This project is a performance inspired by Suddenly, This God Lover Died in the Love of God, This God Slain Died by the Sword of God, a prominent Iranian play written by Abbas Nalbandian in 1971. It has only been performed once due to its challenging form and controversial spirit. The play is about a group of people living in a poor part of   Tehran in a communal house. A new tenant who seems to have a chest full of money arrives and becomes the object of the neighbours' curiosity, envy, and hatred. This  showing concludes the first research phase of this project.


Created by Arash and Aryo Khakpour in collaboration with:

Performers: Ashley Aron, Elissa Hanson, Billy Marchenski, Victor Mariano, Zahra Shahab

Lighting/Projection Designer: Parjad Sharifi

Costume Designer: Elika Mojtabaei

Musician and Sound Designer: Roxanne Nesbitt

Translated by Aryo Khakpour

Translation Dramaturg: DD Kugler


This showing is not suitable for children – language and content.


We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.





A public playreading of this the play was presented in 2017. Collaborators:

Davey Samuel Calderon, Elysse Cheadle, Jessica Del Fierro, Leslie Dos Remedios, Catherine Falkner, and Elliot Vaughan

This reading was presented by rEvolver Festival in partnership with Playwrights Theatre Centre with the support of British Columbia Arts Council.