performance documentation of Izad on stage during a rehearsal

Join theatre partners, Green Light Arts, for the closing performance of Let Me Explain by Izad Etemadi  Sunday June 4 at 4:00 pm at The Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts, 36 King Street W, Kitchener. This performance is PWYC

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Izad Etemadi has spent most of his life explaining himself to others. His ethnicity, his sexuality, the pronunciation of his name. But as an elder millennial dealing with back pain and digestive issues, he doesn’t have the time or energy to keep explaining things. Through jokes, songs, and deeply personal stories, this queer Iranian-Canadian immigrant born in Germany is going to attempt to explain his entire existence in sixty-ish minutes, so he never has to do it again.

Founded in 2014 by Matt White and Carin Lowerison, Green Light Arts is a producing theatre company based in Waterloo Region. We deliver well-crafted, provocative theatrical projects and pairs artistic programming with purposeful outreach events to deepen community conversations about the ideas we put on stage. Through rigorous professional practice we uphold and further the artform of theatre. Through the artform of theatre, we enrich the social fabric of our community.

Izad Etemadi is an Iranian-Canadian actor and writer based out of Toronto. He was a resident of the 2021/2022 CBC Actor’s Conservatory at the Canadian Film Centre and the recipient of the 2017 Emerging Queer Artist award from Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. In 2022, he originated the role of Samuel in the new Canadian musical Grow (from the producers of Come From Away) at The Grand Theatre and returned later that season to play Buddy the Elf in Elf the Musical. His short film Plant Daddy won the 2023 Queer Your Stories short film competition, garnering a screening at the prestigious Inside Out Festival. Outside of acting and writing, he has over five years of experience working in casting for film and television.

AUDIENCE ADVISORY: This play discusses racism, homophobia, terrorism, religion, and features a fair share of swearing. This production features theatrical haze and flashing lights. Viewers may experience therapeutic laughter and should not start the show with a full bladder. Recommended age 13+ years.

RUNNING TIME: 65 minutes with no intermission. 

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