Year 2016 Dates

August 5, Friday, 6 PM - 9 PM
Robayat, with Klezmerica, at Rhythm in Rice, Rice Park, downtown St. Paul, MN

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July 2 and August 27, 6 PM - 8 PM
Hafez playing the Studio 2 Coffe Shop & Wine Bar, 818 W, 46th St., Minneapolis, MN 55419


Year 2015 Dates

November 27, Friday, 8 PM
Hafez at the Public Kitchen + Bar, 229 E. 6th Street, St. Paul, MN 55101

Musicians: Thomas Nordlund, Ben Abrahamson, Maryam Ershadi Yusefzadeh


November 17, Tuesday, 7:30 PM
Robayat at the Cedar Cultural Center opening for BALADINO, 416 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55454

Musicians: Tim O'Keefe, David Stenshoel, David Burk, Maryam Ershadi Yusefzadeh


November 6, Friday, 10 PM
Hafiz debut performance, at the Public Kitchen + Bar, 229 E. 6th Street, St. Paul, MN 55101

Musicians: Thomas Nordlund, Ben Abrahamson, Maryam Ershadi Yusefzadeh


May 6, Wednesday, 1 PM
Robayat at the Wentworth Meeting Room, Wentworth Library, 199 East Wentworth Avenue, West St. Paul, MN

Enjoy an introduction to Persian history, geography and culture through a spirited performance on duduk, violin, oud, tar, choombush, saz and guitar by Twin Cities music veterans Robayat.


Year 2014 Dates

November 7 - 9, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 2 PM
The Rubaiyat - Life in a Day at The Cowles Center, Minneapolis, MN

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam is a collection of mystical, highly symbolic poems that deals with the nature of the divine and the fleeting nature of life. Known for its lyrical beauty and well-crafted rhyme and meter, the Rubaiyat has gained a worldwide audience and continues to speak evocatively to readers nearly a millennium after its poems were written. The haunting, melancholy musings of the Persian philosopher-poet are brought to life in vivid detail by choreographer Rita Mustaphi and the dancers of Katha Dance Theatre Company.

The Rubaiyat-Life in a Day features an exciting cast of guest artists, including composer/vocalist Maryam Yusefzadeh, actor/musician David Jordan Harris, composer/percussionist Tim O'Keefe, and David Stenshoel and Tom Nordlund and Dawn Doering of the world-music ensemble Robayat. The artist-media team of Craig Harris and Candy Kuehn bring the classic poems into lustrous focus, providing design projections, dramaturgy, and digital Illustrations.

Click here to listen to a KBEM radio interview about the show.
Read the Minnesota Daily preview story below or click here to read the online article.

Minnesota Daily
U of M, MInneapolis, St. Paul

The dance of one thousand years

Katha Dance Theatre fuses Indian and Persian artistic traditions to bring centuries-old Persian poetry to the stage.

Katha Dance Theatre company members perform Kathak dance in unison.
By Courtesy of Rita Mustaphi

By Robb Larson
November 06, 2014

"Life in a Day" is a millennium in the making.

The Minneapolis Katha Dance Theatre is performing an original production inspired by Persian poet Omar Khayyam's "Rubaiyat." The original piece is an 894-year-old work of visionary poetry, and the inspiration behind the music and dance for the theatre's newest production, "Life in a Day."

The Katha Dance Theatre practices the centuries-old tradition of Kathak, a form of classical Indian dance that uses elements of Persian dance.

"When the Muslim rulers and Mughals from Persia invaded India, they fell in love with Kathak dance and wanted artists to come and entertain them," said Rita Mustaphi, who is Katha Dance Theater's director and choreographer.

Because Kathak was a sacred tradition to Indian artists, they did not want to perform it as entertainment. Instead, the Persian royalty brought in Persian dancers to learn Kathak dance and perform it in the royal courts.

Mustaphi wanted to bring out the Persian elements of Kathak dance through Khayyam's legendary "Rubaiyat."

"The vision came about three years ago when I was going through the history of Kathak dance," Mustaphi said. "I had ['The Rubaiyat'], but I really didn't get into it until four to five years ago. As I grow more mature, I understand both the philosophical meaning and the layman's interpretation of what it means."

Mustaphi contacted composer and vocalist Maryam Yusefzadeh, whom she had collaborated with in the past, to compose the music for "Life in a Day."

"We really loved working together," Yusefzadeh said of her relationship with Mustaphi. "We found a lot of similarities in our work and decided that we should come up with another project."

"The Rubaiyat" was originally written in Farsi, a language spoken mostly in Iran and Afghanistan. And although many English translations exist, Mustaphi and Yusefzadeh decided that a new translation was needed for "Life in a Day."

"In Persian poetry, the poet uses nature and elements of life as an expression of the wisdom he's talking about. They are never literally talking about what they are trying to say," Yusefzadeh said. "It needed to be translated by an Iranian who could speak English well enough to translate it accurately."

Yusefzadeh collaborated with actor and musician David Jordan Harris to create a translation that was faithful to both the meaning and rhythm of the poetry.

"We would go through each one of the lines, each word and what it meant. The next day, I would try to translate it into English," Yusefzadeh said. "What David did was take what I had given to him and create a narration that he could actually use for the show."

"The Rubaiyat" is written in four-line stanzas, or quatrains, with specific rhythmic structures. The music for "Life in a Day" is composed around the rhythm of the quatrain.

"In Persian music, we start with the rhythm of the poetry and what it's intended to say," Yusefzadeh said. "That defines the mode and the key for the melody, and also the rhythm it should be played in."

Mustaphi and Yusefzadeh designed the show around the arc of a person's life over the span of a single day.

"It begins with a solo as a dawn is unfolding. You will hear a 'Rubaiyat' poem being recited in Farsi language," Mustaphi said. "[Then] it moves into the next piece, which is about childhood."

Mustaphi hopes the performance will encourage the audience to reflect on the fleeting nature of life in each day.

"Dance is for the moment. When you read the poems, they talk about a day, they talk about a life," Mustaphi said. "Do what your heart is telling you to do, because you don't know what tomorrow is going to be."

What: The Rubaiyat - Life in a Day
When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday.
Where: The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts, 528 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
Cost: $10 student rush

Tickets: $25 - $30. Purchase tickets online or call 612-206-3600.

For more information, visit the The Cowles Center web site.


Year 2013 Dates

November 7 - 17, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 3PM -
Love Letters from the Middle East at Dreamland Arts, Saint Paul, MN

Love Letters from the Middle East tells the stories of three women whose lives are transformed as an outcome of war, and the opportunities for peace and understanding that can grow out of the ashes of tragedy. Jamileh is falling through the cracks of the English immigration system after a long journey from Iraq. Goli is trying to get foreign medical assistance for two disfigured girls. Angela is braving a dangerous road to find her husband, a U.S. soldier missing in Afghanistan. Love Letters from the Middle East shares the complex and heartfelt stories of ordinary people and honors those who have lost almost everything as a result of war.

ASL interpretation on November 10 and 17.

Tickets: $15; $10 for students and seniors. Purchase tickets online or call 651-645-5506.

For more information, visit the Hope Theater Company web site.


Back By Popular Demand! - Friday, May 24, 8:00 PM -
The Hebrew Lesson - Written / performed by Esther Ouray
Wykoff, MN

The Hebrew Lesson weaves myth, history and humor into the story of a Hebrew school teacher and her thwarted attempt to spread her father's ashes in Jerusalem. Directed by Zaraawar Mistry and supported with live music by multicultural musicians Tim O'Keefe, Maryam Yusefzadeh and Greg Herriges. The Hebrew Lesson is performed by Esther Ouray, an actress, puppeteer, dancer, director, teacher and cultural activist.

Each performance will be followed by a moderated discussion with the artists and audience. Not recommended for youth.

Tickets: To be announced

Visit the performance's Facebook and USA Project pages.


featured on TPT's Minnesota Original
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Embracing the Beloved
A concert that reaches across Indian, Persian, and Sephardic Jewish musical traditions

April 20, 6 PM, Hindu Temple, Maple Grove
May 1, 7:30 PM, Sabes JCC, Minneapolis
May 13, 12:10 PM, Harmony for Mayo, Rochester

Embrace the Beloved

Embracing the Beloved is a concert of music rooted in Sephardic (Judeo-Spanish), Persian, and North and South Indian cultural traditions. Co-creators Nirmala Rajasekar, David Jordan Harris, and Maryam Yusefzadeh have delved into shared themes within each culture's musical life and rich, imagistic poetry. While each of these musical traditions has emerged from its own particular historical circumstances and speaks in its own musical vocabulary, the artists aim to open a door for audiences into their cultures through the language of music. The production was commissioned by the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning.

Embracing the Beloved is structured around the passage of the sun from dawn to nightfall. The progression of time, which binds all cultures, presents a shared canvass for the ways in which each cultural tradition infuses spiritual meaning into the passage of the hours—from the anticipation of dawn and new beginnings through the heat of the day into late afternoon study and storytelling, and concluding with music of the heart, of the night, and finally, of gratitude.

Three fundamental goals have motivated this collaboration. In a world marked by isolation and antagonism, the production creates a constructive encounter, bringing musicians, presenters, and audiences together through music.

In a world in which unfamiliar behaviors, beliefs, and musical expressions are seen as strange and unapproachable, the participating musicians approach each other and build a deeper understanding of each other through music.

Finally this project commits itself to the spirit of creativity -- to create new relationships and new compositions which may have an impact on the communities whose traditions they represent.

Audiences can expect to hear nearly a dozen languages, including Tamil, Sanskrit, Telugu, Kannada, Farsi, Kurdish, Azari, Hebrew, and Judeo-Spanish.

The concert features some of Minnesota's most accomplished performers of music of the Middle East and India—percussionists Mick LaBriola, Sriram Natarajan, Balaji Chandran, and Tim O'Keefe; violinist David Stenshoel, oud player David Burk, and a choir of Indian vocalists. A highlight of Embracing the Beloved will be the collaborative participation of its musicians in shared repertoire as well as in new compositions and arrangements specifically created for this production.

· See the full press release description of the concert.
· See the articles on the concert, "A Line or Two:Embracing the Beloved" and "Embracing the Beloved at Our Hindu Temple: A Slide Show" that appear in The Line.
· See the concert poster (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).

Ticket prices:
(Hindu Temple) $25 general admission, including dinner
(Sabes JCC) $15 general admission
(Mayo) free admission


Spring "Global Folk" Program Series
April 13 at the Plymouth Library and May 18 at Sumner Library

Persia map

Iran is the area formerly known as Persia.







Friday - Saturday, February 1 - 2, 7:30 PM - Sohrab and Rustum -
at Dreamland Arts, St. Paul, MN

Written and performed by Zaraawar Mistry Created in collaboration with Kathleen Sullivan. Music composed and performed live by Tim O'Keefe and Maryam Yusefzadeh.

To purchase tickets, click on this link, or call 651-645-5506.

"10 Best Plays of (2002)" --- City Pages

The story of the warrior Rustum and his son Sohrab is a beloved tale from the Iranian national epic, Ferdowsi's Shahnameh. Zaraawar Mistry's solo work intertwines the ancient legend with a tragi-comic story of a modern day Zoroastrian family from Bombay. 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.

A timeless presentation of life, drawing parallels on issues of culture, religion, politics, war and humanity, in ancient and modern times.


Spring "Global Folk" program series
April 13 at the Plymouth Library and May 18 at the Sumner Library -
Performed by the Robayat Trio: David Burk, Tim O'Keefe and Maryam Yusefzadeh

Hear the sounds of Persia and learn about its culture, history, geography and life of its people.


Year 2012 Dates

Two Performances Only! - Thursday and Sunday, September 6 and 9, both shows at 7:30 PM -
The Hebrew Lesson - Written / performed by Esther Ouray
Sabes Jewish Community Center, 4330 Cedar Lake Road South, Minneapolis, MN 55416

The Hebrew Lesson weaves myth, history and humor into the story of a Hebrew school teacher and her thwarted attempt to spread her father's ashes in Jerusalem. Directed by Zaraawar Mistry and supported with live music by multicultural musicians Tim O'Keefe, Maryam Yusefzadeh and Greg Herriges. The Hebrew Lesson is performed by Esther Ouray, an actress, puppeteer, dancer, director, teacher and cultural activist.

Each performance will be followed by a moderated discussion with the artists and audience. Not recommended for youth.

Tickets:$12 General public; $10 Sabes JCC Premium Members, Community Members, Students
Box Office: telephone 952.381.3499 ¦ email


featured on TPT's Minnesota Original
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Thursday through Saturday, March 1-3 and 8-10, 7:30 PM -
Hebrew Lesson - A "Rite of Return" about the Right of Return
Dreamland Arts, 677 Hamline Ave. N., St. Paul, MN 55104

The Hebrew Lesson weaves myth, history and humor into the story of a Hebrew school teacher and her thwarted attempt to spread her father's ashes in Jerusalem, a land twisted by conflict.

Written and performed by Esther Ouray
Directed by Zaraawar Mistry
Live music by Tim O'Keefe, Maryam Yusefzadeh and Greg Herriges

Post-show discussions moderated by community and organizational representatives

For more information:
Blog: The Hebrew Lesson
Video: Excerpts from the Naked Stages, Dec. 2010 show

A Pay-as-Able option can be requested for any performance.
Tel: 651-645-5506 ¦


Year 2011 Dates

Saturday, October 8, 7:30 PM - A Concert of World and "Whirled" Music -
Dreamland Arts, 677 Hamline Ave. N., St. Paul, MN 55104

This event is a part of Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland, a five year annivesary celebration of Dramland Arts, with 15 different performances over 5 weekends in music, theater, puppetry, storytelling and dance. All artists have donated their time in support of Dreamland Arts.

with Greg Herriges (guitar, bouzouki), Tim O'Keefe (oud, percussion, duduk, harmonica) and Maryam Yusefzadeh (vocal, percussion)

Reservations are recommended:
Tel: 651-645-5506
Tickets: pay what you can
Pay at the door or in advance by PayPal through


Sunday, March 20, 2 PM and Monday, March 21, 7 PM - A Night in Persia -
Produced by Voices Of Sepharad - at Illusion Theater, 8th Floor, Hennepin Ceter for the Arts, 528 Hennepin Avenue S., Minneapolis, MN 55403

Voices of Sepharad and Persian music ensemble Robayat celebrate the festive, raucous holidays of Purim and NoRuz, the Persian New Year - both falling on March 20 this year. Join the pary, as the two groups create a cultural crossroads in which Jewish holiday music of the Middle East shares the stage with the rich music of traditional Persian culture.


  • David Jordan Harris, Artistic Director & vocalist/Voices of Sepharad
  • Maryam Yusefzadeh, Artistic Director, vocalist, percussionist/Robayat
  • Mick LaBriola, percussionist
  • David Burk, 'ud/guitar
  • David Stenshoel, violin
  • Dawn Doering, ney
  • Tickets: $20.00 - adults; $15.00 - students, seniors and groups of 10 or more; $10 - children under 12. Box office: 612-339-4944. For further information, visit


    Year 2010 Dates

    Wednesday - Saturday, December 8 - 11 - The Hebrew Lesson by Esther Ouray -
    at Naked Stages, a program at the Pillsbury House Theatre, 3501 Chicago Avenue S., Minneapolis, MN 55407

    A "rite of return" about the right of return, "The Hebrew Lesson" weaves myth, history, and personal narrative into the story of a tharted journey to deliver an ancestor's ashes to a homeland perverted by conflict.

    Live music by: Greg Harriges, Tim O'Keefe, and Maryam Yusefzadeh. Esther Ouray and M. Cochise Anderson share the program.

    Tickets: $15.00 adults. $10.00 - students/seniors. Box office: 612-825-0459 Fax: 612-827-5818.

    Wednesdays @ The House - Pay-What-You-Can-Preview December 8th.


    Year 2009 Dates

    Saturday - Sunday, November 7 - 8, 2:30 PM and 7:00 PM each day - Hidden Yearning -
    at the Sacred Arts Festival at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul Campus, Brady Educational Center, Baumgaertner Auditorium, MN

    Hidden Yearning presents a tapestry of Persian Dance, music, video and the Sufi poetry of Rumi.

    Dance performance by The Silk Road Dance Company from Washington, D.C.

    Tickets: $18.00 or $10.00 - groups of 5 or more. Visit or call 1-800-838-3006.


    Thursday, November 5, 7:30 PM - Robayat and Güvenç & Burk Orchestra perform at the Historic Capri Theater, 2027 West Broadway, Minneapolis, MN.

    Take a musical journey from Greece and Turkey, thru the Balkans and into the Middle East. Presented by Northside Arts Collective (NAC).

    Tickets: $10; $8 with your NAC membership card. Visit


    Year 2008 Dates

    November, 2008 - Minnesota Women's Press article
    Maryam's mission
    Profile: Maryam Yusefzadeh spreads the truth about her native Iran
    Click here to download the article in PDF format.


    Friday - Saturday, October 10-11 & October 17-18, 7:30 PM - Sohrab and Rustum -
    at Dreamland Arts, St. Paul, MN

    Sohrab and Rustum Maryam

    Written and performed by Zaraawar Mistry Created in collaboration with Kathleen Sullivan Music composed and performed live by Tim O'Keefe and Maryam Yusefzadeh

    To purchase tickets, click on this link.

    "10 Best Plays of 2002" --- City Pages

    Zaraawar Mistry's solo work intertwines an ancient legend from the Iranian national epic, the Shahnameh (Book of Kings) of Ferdowsi, with the tragi-comic drama of a contemporary Zoroastrian family from Bombay. Playing a dozen different characters, Mistry performs a riveting story of family, war and migration. The music for the play is performed live by Persian music virtuosos Tim O'Keefe and Maryam Yusefzadeh.

    Zoroastrians are followers of the prophet Zarathushtra (Greek: Zoroaster), whose religion flourished during the great Iranian empires. Today, there are about 150,000 Zoroastrians around the world.

    Past Performances:
    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)

    MINDFUL PARKING: Dreamland Arts is in a residential neighborhood. Please respect the quiet and privacy of our neighbors. If you live close by, please consider walking. If you drive, park on Hamline Avenue. There is free parking on both sides of the street right in front of the theater.

    ©2008 Dreamland Arts
    677 Hamline Ave. N. | St. Paul MN 55104 | 651-645-5506 | info@dreamland


    Saturday, September 20, 2008, 9 AM to Noon - Honoring Women WorldwideTM - Uniting Women Globally to Change Our World - Honoring Multicultural Ways: "Ask for What You are Worth"

    What if you settled for more and got what you are worth in relationships, in your work and financially?

    About 90% of women report they are either the primary financial decision maker, sole provider or equally share in decision making. Then why are women not getting what they are worth?

    Come join our distinguished panel members as they discuss how to ask for what you are worth. You’ll have an opportunity to connect and learn from other women in small and large group discussions. And leave with information, knowledge and effective strategies to ask and settle for more, to get what you are worth.

    Panel Moderator:

    Kim Vappie
    Chief Operating Officer


    Sandy Vargas
    President and CEO
    The Minneapolis Foundation
    Tene Wells
    Women Venture
    Jennifer Melin Miller
    Associate Director of Major Gifts
    Minnesota Public Radio
    Hyon Kim
    MN Best

    Music by Maryam E. Yusefzadeh

    Dance performance by Cia Sautter

    Sponsored by Metropolitan State University

    For more information, visit


    Thursday - Sunday, April 3-6 and & April 10-13 2008, 8:00 PM - When We Look - at Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis, MN

    When We Look is an interdisciplinary theatrical presentation that highlights the plight of women who, because of war or civil strife, face challenges that test their physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual well-being. The cornerstones of the presentation are real stories of remarkable women who, against all odds, have moved from victim to survivor to community leader.

    For more information, click on this link.


    Year 2007 Dates

    Friday Nov 16 & Saturday, Nov 17 (full performance) - Memories & Media Myths of Iran & North Korea: Exploring Personal Identity, Cultural Heritage and Media Soundbites - Walker Community Church


    Sunday April 29th - Plymouth Congregational Church - Celebrating Peace - Maryam Yusefzadeh performs meditative music of sufi tradition with poetry on peace


    Sunday, April 15, Generosity Sunday a Pathway to Peace - at Plymouth Congregational Church, Minneapolis, MN
    Maryam Yusefzadeh and David Burk help celebrate the value of generosity by performing music of Persian and Eastern Europe


    All traditions of spirit and community share a responsibility for looking out for one another. Greatness comes from being able to help others in need and also being generous enough to help others in need.

    The chapters of the Network of Spiritual Progressives throughout the country have designated April 15, 2007, as Generosity Sunday. We invite congregations and faith groups, as well as non-religious groups of caring citizens, to join us on the weekend of April 13-15 to celebrate the value of generosity in your own way and in your tradition, talking about how we help each other in communities.

    We at the Network of Spiritual Progressives are striving to expand our sense of community to the whole world. We envision America's generosity toward the poor, the sick, and the hungry of the world eventually to constitute 1%-5% of gross domestic product each year. Such a commitment would do far more for world peace and our own security than any amount of power or military aggression. This is a great dream, and every step toward that dream will improve the world community and bring peace. The Network of Spiritual Progressives' national website,, contains ideas and resources for Generosity Sunday programs and faith-based services. We offer these simply as suggestions, without meaning to mandate or limit what you may wish to do. We can provide speakers or DVD's if you like. We ask you to reach out in your communities, to speak in a public voice, and perhaps to provide the opportunity for media to hear your voice. We offer to list activities from all spiritual traditions in Minnesota on our Minnesota website ( to spread the word about the nationwide celebration of generosity on April 13-15.

    The culmination of Generosity Sunday in Minnesota will be our rally: GENEROSITY SUNDAY, A PATHWAY TO PEACE, from 1 to 5 PM, at Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis MN. That afternoon music, information, education, and inspiration will all convey the message of generosity as our most authentic pathway to peace. Dick Kroeger is available for more information at (952) 476-6126 or


    Friday, April 13, at the PeaceJam event at St.Thomas University, St. Paul, MN
    Robayat Trio will perform Music of Iran, prior to 2003 Nobel Peace Laureate Dr. Shirin Ebadi's speech: Defending the Rights of Women and Children


    Dr. Shirin Ebadi
    Defending the Rights of Women and Children
    Friday, April 13 at 7:30PM
    O'Shaughnessy Educational Center Auditorium
    University of St. Thomas


    A CD Release Celebration
    at the Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55412
    “Songs for Diego, I’m Missing You” by Mick LaBriola

    Sunday February 18th @ 7:30PM

    On Sunday February 18th, 2007 @ 7:30 pm located at The Cedar Theater,
    there will be a CD Release Celebration for "Songs for Diego, I’m Missing You",
    a recording created by Mick LaBriola in memory of his 6 yr old son Diego,
    who was killed in 2002 by a motor vehicle in south Minneapolis.


    Year 2006 Dates

    Maryam will be performing with Ethnic Dance Theater

    Under the Crescent Moon at the Ritz Theater, Minneapolis, MN
    A performance focusing on music and dance of the Muslim tradition
    October 5, 6, 7, at 8:00PM
    October 8th at 2:00PM


    February 9-12, at The Southern Theater Theater, Minneapolis, MN
    Peace in the House, presented by The Southern Theater and Voices of Sepharad
    Tickets: $22 / $2 discounts for students, seniors and Southern Theater members
    Friday matinee sliding scale $7-22. Groups $12 per person.
    Thursday: 8:00 pm
    Friday: 10:00 am
    Saturday: 8:00 am
    Sunday: 7:00 pm
    Saturday: Post-show panel dialogue: "Jews in the Arab World: Shared Traditions"
    Sunday: ASL interpreted performance

    "A coming together when things are falling apart, it is a joy to feel ´Peace in the House´. The witnessing of stories, the singing, the colorful dancing. It is important work." -- Mike Hazzard, The Center for International Education


    Year 2005 Dates

    November 4-6, at The Varsity Theater, Minneapolis, MN
    Caravan: Cairo to Cordoba, presented by Margo Abdo O'Dell

    Friday - Saturday: 7:30 pm
    Sunday: 3:00 pm


    October 7, at The Center for Happiness, Minneapolis, MN
    Benefit Party for the Tibetan Children's Village in India,
        presented by The Center for Happiness

    Events begin at 5:30 pm
    Performances begin at 8:10 pm


    April 1-3, 2005 at Stages Repertory Theatre
    3201 Allen Parkway
    Houston, Texas 77019



    Tickets: $20-$25
    Box Office: 713.527.0123
    Directions and map at

    Special Free preview event at the Museum of Fine Arts on Thursday, March 31 at 6:00 p.m.

    Written and performed by Zaraawar Mistry
    Created in collaboration with Kathleen Sullivan

    Music performed live by Tim O'Keefe and Maryam Yusefzadeh
    Pre-show introduction by Khurshid Rudina

    "...a terrific night of storytelling..." City Pages, Minneapolis
    "...Mistry creates sound and mood with impeccable skill." Star Tribune, Minneapolis

    City Pages selected Sohrab and Rustum among The 10 Best of the year in theater (2002). The play has been presented at the Center for Independent Artists, the Southern Theater and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, at Stony Brook University on Long Island and at Asia Society in New York City. For complete information, please visit:

    Based on the 11th century Persian classic by Hakim Abul Ghasem Ferdowsi, Shahnameh (Book of Kings), the performance tells the tale of the fateful battle between the warrior Rustum and his son Sohrab. Zaraawar Mistry's play intertwines elements of the ancient legend with the tragicomic story of a contemporary Parsi Zoroastrian family from Bombay and is set against a backdrop of the zenith, decline, and now preservation of the Zoroastrians.

    Zoroastrians are followers of the prophet Zarathushtra, whose religion flourished during the great Iranian empires. With the spread of Islam in the 7th to 8th centuries, a small band of Zoroastrian refugees fled to India to avoid persecution --- making up the 75,000 Parsis living in India today. While the play is based on an ancient Persian epic, it is also a quintessentially modern-day story about loyalty, generational differences, war and migration.


    Year 2004 Dates

    Sunday, July 18 at Garden Theatre, Saratoga, CA
    with Jesse Cook on his U.S. Tour

    7:30 pm


    Tuesday, July 20th at Yoshi's, Jack London Square, Oakland, CA
    with Jesse Cook on his U.S. Tour

    8:00 pm and 10:00 pm


    Thursday, July 22th at Humphry's Concerts by the Bay, San Diego, CA
    with Jesse Cook on his U.S. Tour

    7:30 pm


    Saturday, July 24th at the Berger Performing Arts Centre, Tucson, AZ
    with Jesse Cook on his U.S. Tour

    8:00 pm


    August 12th, at the Minnesota Museum of America Art, St. Paul, MN

    6pm - 9 pm


    September 9th- 12th, at Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis, MN
    Evolutions, presented by Margo Abdo O'Dell and Intermedia Arts

    Thursday - Saturday: 8 pm
    Sunday: 7 pm


    October 21st -24th , at the Southern Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
    Voices of Sepharad

    Thursday: 8 pm
    Friday: 10 am
    Saturday: 8 pm
    Sunday: 7 pm