Novid Parsi

Novid Parsi

Novid Parsi’s plays have been produced or developed by Golden Thread Productions (San Francisco), The New Group (New York), Paines Plough (London), Playwrights Foundation (San Francisco), Queens Theatre (New York), and Silk Road Rising (Chicago), among others. St. Louis Shakespeare Festival has selected him for its Confluence Writers Project, culminating in a new play in 2023. Novid's plays have been...
Novid Parsi’s plays have been produced or developed by Golden Thread Productions (San Francisco), The New Group (New York), Paines Plough (London), Playwrights Foundation (San Francisco), Queens Theatre (New York), and Silk Road Rising (Chicago), among others. St. Louis Shakespeare Festival has selected him for its Confluence Writers Project, culminating in a new play in 2023. Novid's plays have been recognized by Ashland New Plays Festival (2022 winner), Bay Area Playwrights Festival (two-time finalist and three-time semifinalist), Jeff Awards (Best New Work nominee), New American Voices Playwriting Festival (semifinalist), and the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference (four-time semifinalist). He earned degrees in literature from Swarthmore College and Duke University.

Plays

  • Remains and Returns
    In 2018, as the Shirvani family talks about nothing and everything at once, two middle-aged brothers—one who has remained near their childhood suburban home, the other who returns—confront their elderly parents about the impending realities of old age. Thirty years earlier, in 1988, the parents confront their teen sons about the impending realities of adulthood and their own hopes for their children’s futures—...
    In 2018, as the Shirvani family talks about nothing and everything at once, two middle-aged brothers—one who has remained near their childhood suburban home, the other who returns—confront their elderly parents about the impending realities of old age. Thirty years earlier, in 1988, the parents confront their teen sons about the impending realities of adulthood and their own hopes for their children’s futures—until the family dynamic takes a sudden shift. Returning to 2018, Remains and Returns considers how we deny our familial, societal, and political pasts, and how our pasts endure.
  • The Innkeepers
    Four guests arrive at a remote rural inn for what appears to be a weekend getaway. But the innkeeper, Arzu Amiri, reveals they are all bound together by a terrible event involving her son 17 years earlier. The characters enact and re-enact their shifting versions of what happened until Arzu arrives at her own truth and her own devastating decision.
  • Through the Elevated Line
    Having fled Iran where he was imprisoned for being a gay man, a damaged Razi arrives at his sister’s Chicago doorstep only to disrupt the life she and her American husband have built together. As the Chicago Cubs vie to make history, rivalries of a different kind simmer in the Uptown two-flat that Razi tries to call home. With echoes of A Streetcar Named Desire, Through the Elevated Line probes the boundaries...
    Having fled Iran where he was imprisoned for being a gay man, a damaged Razi arrives at his sister’s Chicago doorstep only to disrupt the life she and her American husband have built together. As the Chicago Cubs vie to make history, rivalries of a different kind simmer in the Uptown two-flat that Razi tries to call home. With echoes of A Streetcar Named Desire, Through the Elevated Line probes the boundaries between family, loss, prejudice, and desire.
  • Take This World
    Roya has made a name as a writer by chronicling her experience raising her severely impaired son, Nicholas. Now she refuses to acknowledge that, as an adult, the increasingly violent Nicholas may be beyond her—or perhaps anyone's—control.
  • Those Ills We Have
    Farid is in pain, and has been for six years. Now that everything is on the line, can Diego, the pain management guru, help Farid identify the root cause of his pain? Is it his Iranian family’s disappointment in his life choices? Is it the pressures of his interracial marriage? Or is it all just in his head?