A Moment of Silence


Factory Theatre Mainspace
125 Bathurst Street
Ticket Price: $15 Save with a Pass
Saturday August 6th 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Sunday August 7th 8:45 PM - 10:15 PM
Monday August 8th 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday August 9th 9:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Thursday August 11th 7:45 PM - 9:15 PM
Saturday August 13th 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday August 14th 2:45 PM - 4:15 PM

Latecomer Policy

No Latecomers.


Mature Language.


What happens when an Iranian woman falls asleep for years at a time and keeps missing the most important events, like the revolution, the war with Iraq, and her husband’s affair? And what if the story is compounded by death threats to the playwright while he’s trying to explain Shiva’s dilemma? How can she understand the changes in her life? How can the playwright tell her story when he is threatened, and a series of intellectuals are being killed? Before he, himself, falls victim to execution, he writes a play about Shiva and her family turned upside down by personal and political crisis. Mohammad Yaghoubi’s A Moment of Silence – one of the most beloved Iranian plays of the last 30 years – is a surreal, poetic, and surprisingly comic meditation on Iran’s turbulent history.


NOWADAYS THEATRE in association with Modern Times Stage Company.

Written and Directed by Mohammad Yaghoubi. Featuring Lara Arabian, Parmida Kakavand, Sarah Marchand, Melanie Pyne, Maxime Robin, Paul van Dyck, Art Babayants and Jada Rifkin. Stage Management by Steve Vargo.

Curator's Note

"This offering from a veteran artist throws into sharp relief the importance of hearing the storied poets whose years defy the wisdom in their works. This approach to unfathomable change within a lifetime encapsulates the way art can span revolutions and make sense of things we have experienced yet cannot articulate for the sake of beholding with objective clarity before us. A highly acclaimed play making its debut in Canada, bringing bold perspective to our all too apathetic political spheres." - Tara Beagan