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  • A Nowadays Theatre Production in Association with Crow's Theatre
  • Mohammad Yaghoubi
  • Mohammad Yaghoubi
  • Feb 6 - Mar 3, 2024
  • Tickets start at $50
  • Two hours plus intermission.
  • Studio Theatre
  • Details

    Performed in English with select performances in Persian (Farsi), EARWORM, a Nowadays Theatre production in association with Crow’s Theatre, is written and directed by Mohammad Yaghoubi. Homa, a long-time immigrant from Iran who fled persecution from the Islamic regime, must negotiate the reality that her son is in love with a conservative Muslim woman. When Homa's past catches up to her in present-day Toronto, their future happiness is threatened.

    Inspired by real events, EARWORM is a stunning depiction of the far-reaching impact of the Iranian revolutions of 1979 and 2022 through themes of love, power, parenting, and political asylum.

    Born and raised in Iran, Mohammad Yaghoubi is an award-winning playwright, director, screenwriter, and theatre instructor. His plays have been translated into six languages and produced all over the world. Following a decade of producing theatre in Iran, Mohammad co-founded Nowadays Theatre in Toronto in 2016, and it quickly established itself with critically acclaimed productions in English and Persian (Farsi), including Swim Team, Dance of Torn Papers, Winter of 88, Heart of a Dog, and The Only Possible Way.

    For more information about Nowadays Theatre, please visit https://www.nowadaystheatre.org/.

    The running time of EARWORM is two hours plus intermission.

    Please note that EARWORM contains depictions of on stage violence, as well as discussions of islamophobia, suicide, torture, and murder. The play also engages in heavy political debate regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Iranian government. 

    A Note on Audience Participation: Our cast may interact with you during the performance, and will ask you to vote in multiple audience polls. It is not mandatory to participate, but it is greatly appreciated. 

    The Globe and Mail CRITIC'S PICK
    "With its complex, persuasive characters and pointed self-awareness, EARWORM is a deeply considered, intense and compassionate piece of theatre."
    “An outstanding world premiere that is pensive and shocking”
    "Ingtriguing and powerful!"




    Performed in Persian (Farsi) with English Surtitles:
    • Wednesday, February 7 @ 8:00pm
    • Friday, February 9 @ 8:00pm (Opening Night)
    • Friday, February 16 @ 8:00pm
    • Saturday, February 17 @ 2:00pm
    • Friday, February 23 @ 8:00pm
    • Saturday, February 24 @ 2:00pm
    • Friday, March 1 @ 8pm
    • Saturday, March 2 @ 8pm
    • Sunday, March 3 @ 2pm Farsi (Also a Pay-What-You-Can performance)

    Extra Pay-What-You-Can performance

    • Wednesday, February 28 @ 29pm

    Pre-Show Chat (in the Lobby):

    • Sunday, February 18 @ 12:30pm (also a Pay-What-You-Can performance)
    Post-Show Talkback (in the Theatre):
    • Friday, February 16
    Mask Required Performances:
    • Sunday, February 11 @ 2:00pm (also a Pay-What-You-Can performance).
    • Tuesday, February 20 @ 8:00pm


    “An excellent company.” NOW Magazine

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     Crow’s Theatre Production Residency Program

    The Meighen Family Foundation

  • The Team


    • Aida Keykhaii - Homa
    • Amir Maghami - Pendar
    • Amir Zavosh - Mohammad
    • Parya Heravi - Fatemeh


    • Mohammad Yaghoubi - Playwright and Director
    • Amin Shirazi - Set Designer
    • David DeGrow - Lighting Designer
    • Sina Shoaie - Sound Designer
    • Ali Mostolizadeh - Photographer and Videographer
    • Honey Hoseiny - Visual Art and Video Mapping
    • Arman Moghadam - Visual Art and Video Mapping
    • Farshad Fozooni - Musican
    • Anisa Tejpar - Intimacy Director
    • Aaheli Mukherjee - Production Manager
    • Sabrina Weinstein - Stage Manager
    • Amir Parsa - Assistant Director & Assistant Stage Manager
    • Kimia Oloub - Assistant Director
    • Kiarash (Kiaa) Aalipour - Public Relations and Marketing