Playback Theatre and Desert Roots: Journey of an Iranian Immigrant Family

Desert Roots

September 7, 2012

Students, faculty, staff, and guests celebrated the launch of the new book written by Mitra Shavarini, lecturer at Brandeis University in Women's and Gender Studies and Peace, Conflict, and Coexistence Studies, where she currently teaches the fall Sorensen Fellowship writing course. Her book, Desert Roots: Journey of an Iranian Immigrant Family, presents a deeply personal narrative chronicling the events and people that brought her parents from Iran to America, and back.

In conjunction Mitra Shavarini's discussion are two university respondents, Leila May Pascual '15 and Professor Kristen Lucken, and a performance by a professional Playback Theatre improvisational group formed by Brandeis alums Will Chalmus '07, Nathan Porteshawver '09, and Etta King '10, and others, which elicits reactions and stories from the audience which they then interpret in performance.

The event can be viewed in full below.


Mitra Shavarini discusses her book
Student respondent Leila May Pascual '15 performs
Faculty respondent Professor Kristen Lucken
Playback Theatre and audience reactions

To read more about this event, please see articles in BrandeisNOW and The Justice.