Mahmoud

By Tara Grammy & Tom Arthur Davis

Mahmoud
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Mahmoud is an exuberant, if overwhelmingly passionate, Iranian engineer-cum-taxi driver who relishes the chance to regale his passengers with his love of Persian culture. Emanuelos, a fabulously gay Spanish perfume salesman, can talk a mile-a-minute about his boyfriend, Behnam. ... Read more


Overview

Mahmoud is an exuberant, if overwhelmingly passionate, Iranian engineer-cum-taxi driver who relishes the chance to regale his passengers with his love of Persian culture. Emanuelos, a fabulously gay Spanish perfume salesman, can talk a mile-a-minute about his boyfriend, Behnam. And then there's Tara, an awkwardly charming Iranian Canadian preteen who just wants to be "normal," whatever that means. When the three strangers find themselves crossing paths in the busy streets of Toronto, their experiences with racism, sexism, homophobia, homesickness, and everything in between become intertwined in unexpected ways.

Tara Grammy

Tara Grammy is an Iranian Canadian actor and playwright. She was born in Tehran, but grew up in Toronto, with a few years spent in the United States and Germany. She has recently been featured in the 2014 CBS Sketch Comedy Diversity Showcase. Tara currently lives in Los Angeles but travels to Toronto often.

Tom Arthur Davis

Tom is a T’karonto-based arts worker and the founding artistic director of Pandemic Theatre, a collective with a mandate for creating political work. Since 2018, Tom has acted as a producer for Why Not Theatre, where he manages multiple projects including the RISER Project (a collaborative producing model designed to address the challenges of producing independent theatre) and the Space Project (a program designed to access temporarily underutilized space for artist use). He was also the inaugural director and program designer of TENT, the Toronto Fringe's educational program that teaches entrepreneurial skills to theatre artists. Works for the stage include Mahmoud (co-writer), Take d Milk, Nah? (co-creator/dramaturge), and The Only Good Indian (co-creator).

Awards

  • Governor General's Literary Award for Drama 2015,

Reviews

"[Mahmoud] expertly manages the tension between the comedic and the dramatic through fine character crafting. "

"The script weaves [the characters'] lives together in surprising ways, with some sensitive and sombre moments mixed with the laughs. "

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