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. Novid's plays have been recognized by the Jeff Awards (Best New Work nominee) and in multiple years by the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National...
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. Novid's plays have been recognized by the Jeff Awards (Best New Work nominee) and in multiple years by the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference and the Playwrights Foundation’s Bay Area Playwrights Festival. 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 younger son is outed. Returning to 2018, the play dramatizes how one family, in accepting sexual and gender difference, elides its own traumatic past. Remains and Returns explores how, even in silence, 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 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?