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Aida Keykahii, PC: Tanya Tiziana

Winter of '88

“I find 5N reviews the most anxiety-inducing to write, because if something is that good, it works as a whole so well that it’s hard to pick out one or two things. It’s the kind of show I leave and think, ‘whoa.’ This is that kind of show.”

Lisa McKeown @lisammckeown

‘Winter of 88’ is an award-winning meta-theatrical and autobiographical piece based on the playwright and director Mohammad Yaghoubi’s traumatic experiences of the Iran-Iraq war. It is rooted – as explained in the play- in the guilt of surviving while witnessing many others who didn’t. The playwright wrote this play because he felt that he owed it to the people who lost their lives.


During an interview, Mohammad Yaghoubi explains: “the fear and insecurity I felt in the winter of 1988 has followed me all through my life. I felt powerless and vulnerable. We just waited for death to come and there was nothing we could do. People were killed everyday and to this day, I still carry the sense of shame for those fleeting moments of joy after hearing any missile attacks, which meant I was alive, knowing others were dead. I survived the Winter of 1988 so I had to write about it”.


First directed by the playwright in 1997, the play won for Outstanding Writing, Direction and Acting at the 16th International Theatre Festival of Iran.Widely recognized in Iran, Winter of 88 has been performed in Farsi by numerous Iranian Theatre groups.

Mooney on Theatre

"Timely. Tragic. Powerful."

NOW Magazine


Istvan Dugalin

"Writer/Director Mohammad Yaghoubi offers up characters we can’t help but love"

Amir Zavosh, Jonathan Shaboo, PC: Roham Maher

Creative Team:

Director/Playwright: Mohammad Yaghoubi

Translated by: Nazanin Malekan and Mohammad Yaghoubi

Edited by: Parmida Kakavand

Featuring (in alphabetical order):  Aida Keykhaii, Amir Zavosh, Armon Ghaeinizadeh, Jonathan Shaboo, Parmida Vand, Sarah Angelle.

lighting Designer: David DeGrow

Stage Manager: Whitney Hewitt

Assistant Director: Mahsa Ershadifar

Music: Behrang Baghaee

Make-up Artist: Mina Ketabian

Promo Trailer: Ali Mostolizadeh

Poster Designer: Saman Farzaneh

Photos by: Roham Maher

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