MAHMOUD – Toronto Fringe 2012 Press Release

Pandemic Theatre is Proud to Announce the Remount of its One-Woman Smash Hit


In Association with the 2012 Toronto Fringe Festival


From Engineer in Tehran, to Taxi Driver in Toronto.

“Dazzlingly Good! A Tour De Force Performance.”
-Woody Harrelson

“Refreshingly Honest… Unabashed and irreverent.”
-Shahrvand Newspaper

“A telling picture of immigrant experience.”
-Toronto Sun

“Grammy has incredible talent and charisma as a performer.”
-Mooney On Theatre


MAHMOUD is an irreverent & hilarious one-woman show about an aging Iranian engineer-cum-taxi driver, a fabulously gay Spaniard, and a young Iranian-Canadian girl, all trying to get by the day-to-day grind in the city that they call home: Toronto.

Iranian born playwright/performer TARA GRAMMY (White Rabbit, Red Rabbit, SummerWorks/Necessary Angel/Volcano) invites us to watch as these characters’ stories intertwine over the course of an hour, and through their connections with the audience, themselves, and each other, they explore the themes of displacement, immigration, home, and culture.

At once hilarious, insightful, and irreverent, MAHMOUD takes an exacting look at the political policies that hold immigrants as second class citizens, homophobia within the Iranian community, and the media-created stigmas surrounding Iranian culture.

Originally under the guidance of Chalmer’s Award-winning playwright LEAH CHERNIAK (Theatre Columbus), Pandemic’s 2012 Fringe production will be mentored by an outstanding host of talent, including four-time Dora Award Winner SOHEIL PARSA (Modern Times Stage Company) as consulting director, and OMAR HADY (Homegrown, SummerWorks 2010) as choreographer.

Directed and co-written by TOM ARTHUR DAVIS, co-writer and director of Pandemic’s fall 2011 smash hit, Murder on Ossington, hailed by critics as it played to a SOLD OUT three-week run.

MAHMOUD will mark Pandemic’s Fringe Festival debut, but will shortly be touring to the NYC Fringe in August 2012.

Opening July 4th at the TARRAGON THEATRE Extra Space


Wednesday, July 4th – 8:45 PM
Saturday, July 7th – 1:45 PM
Sunday, July 8th – 1:15 PM
Tuesday, July 10th – 3:30PM
Wednesday, July 11th – 11:00 PM
Friday, July 13th – Noon
Saturday, July 14th – 8:45PM


30 Bridgman Avenue


$10 Door | $11 Advance

For all media-related inquiries, please contact:

Tom Arthur Davis | | 647.701.0939

PANDEMIC THEATRE | Twitter: @pandemictheatre

MAHMOUD | Twitter: @mahmoudplay