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Wish You Were Here

by Sanaz Toossi
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Made Possible in Part by:

MOLLIE BYRNES

Regional Premiere

WISH YOU WERE HERE

by Sanaz Toossi

Directed by MELORY MIRASHRAFIº

A circle of tight-knit girlfriends gather to plan weddings, trade dirty jokes, and try to hang onto a sense of normalcy as protests are breaking out all around them. Centered on a suburb of Iran from 1978 to 1991, each of the friends must choose whether to join a wave of emigration or to remain where the future is uncertain.

2023 Pulitzer Prize Winner Sanaz Toossi brings breathtaking humanity and cutting wit to the stage through these women’s stories, directed by Melory Mirashrafiº. Running from August 9 to 25, all performances are at Gloucester Stage’s Theater 267 East Main Street, Gloucester. Showtimes are Wednesdays & Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00pm, and matinees Saturdays & Sundays at 3:00pm.

AUGUST 9 – 25

Grand Horizons - Calendar

Performances

7:30 pm, WED + THU
8:00 pm, FRI + SAT
3:00 pm, SAT + SUN

Preview Performances

August 9 + 10 @ 8:00 pm

Champagne Opening

Sunday, August 11

Talk Backs

August 11 + 18 + 25

Critical Praise for Sanaz Toossi’s Wish You Were Here

“It’s exciting to see a portrayal of the complexity of female friendships”

New York Times

Maya Phillips

“Locates beauty, love, laughter, longing, pain, and loss”

Broadway World

Chloe Rabinowitz

“Their friendship is its own saga of constantly fluctuating degrees of intimacy and friction”

New York Times

Maya Phillips

Meet the Creative Team

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Sanaz Toossi / Playwright

Sanaz Toossi is an Iranian-American playwright from Orange County, California. Her plays include the critically acclaimed, Pulitzer Prize-winning English (co-production, Atlantic Theater Company/Roundabout Theatre Company) and Wish You Were Here (Playwrights Horizons; Williamstown/Audible, released 2020). She is currently under commission at Atlantic Theater Company (Launch commission; Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation grant), Roundabout Theatre Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Manhattan Theatre Club, South Coast Repertory and Oregon Shakespeare Festival (American Revolutions Cycle).

In television, Sanaz recently staffed on Invitation to a Bonfire (AMC), A League of Their Own (Amazon), and Five Women (Marielle Heller/ Big Beach), and sold an original idea, The Persians, to FX with Joe Weisberg & Joel Fields attached as Executive Producers. Sanaz is a member of Youngblood and the Middle Eastern American Writers Lab at the Lark, and an alum of Clubbed Thumb’s Early Career Writers’ Group. She was the 2019 P73 Playwriting Fellow, a recipient of the 2020 Steinberg Playwright Award, the 2022 recipient of The Horton Foote Award and, most recently, the 2023 recipient of the Best New American Play Obie Award. MFA: NYU Tisch

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Melory Mirashrafiº / Director

Melory Mirashrafi is a first-generation Iranian-American theatre artist from Portland, Oregon. Melory’s work spans from new plays and translations to music and opera, focusing on work that is relevant, rigorous, and theatrical. Melory is a Stage Directors & Choreographers Foundation Fellow (Young Americans, Pittsburgh Public Theater & Portland Center Stage) and recipient of the Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Prize (Glück’s Orfeo) and Thomas Derrah Emerging Artist Award (English, SpeakEasy Stage). Recent credits: English (Speakeasy Stage Company); La Cenerentola (Portland Opera); The Music Man (Third Rail Repertory Theatre); Young Americans (Portland Center Stage); American Fast (Artists Repertory Theatre); Shahmaran (Shaking the Tree Theatre). Melory’s writing can be found in the Methuen Drama Book of Trans Plays and Routledge’s Troubling Traditions: Canonicity, Theatre, and Performance in the US. Melory is a proud SDC associate member.

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA)
ºThe Director is an associate member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC)
† Represented by United Scenic Artists, Local USA-829 of the IATSE

WISH YOU WERE HERE is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals. www.concordtheatricals.com