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'The Orange Garden' portrays an unlikely romance during Iranian Revolution

Award-winning playwright will attend May 5 performance

'The Orange Garden' runs May 4 to 6 at the Wirtz Center. Photo by Justin Barbin
'The Orange Garden' runs May 4 to 6 at the Wirtz Center. Photo by Justin Barbin

EVANSTON - The next generation of American theater directors and designers team up for the current MFA Lab series now through May 27 at Northwestern University’s Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts. Next up in the series is an award-winning play about an unlikely romance during the Iranian Revolution.

The Orange Garden is the story of a young Peace Corps volunteer who lands in Iran in 1972 and is quickly swept up into a dangerous romance and the growing fire of revolution. This remarkable new play won the 2016 Keene Prize for Literature and illuminates the complications of falling in love with people and places by weaving together Rumi's poetry, 1960s rock music and the lyricism of the Persian language.

Written by Joanna Garner and directed by MFA directing candidate Hassan Al Rawas, The Orange Garden runs May 4 to 6 in the Hal and Martha Hyer Wallis Theater located at 1949 Campus Drive on the Evanston campus.

The May 5 performance at 8 p.m. includes a post-show discussion with the playwright and director. 

Tickets are available now on the Wirtz Center website, by phone at 847-491-7282 or in person at the Wirtz Center box office in the Barber Theater lobby, 30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston.

Performance times are Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 general admission and $6 in advance or $10 at the door for Northwestern students.    

Box office hours are Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m.  The box office is closed on Sundays and Mondays. 

The Wirtz Center is a member of the Northwestern Arts Circle, which brings together film, humanities, literary arts, music, theater, dance and visual arts. 

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