Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran

April 1-18

  • By Javaad Alipoor


As the global gap between rich and poor grows and humanity’s destructive impact on the earth rampages on, so does the allure to watch the carnage unfold on social media. From the company behind the award-winning play The Believers Are But Brothers comes a darkly comedic virtual experience about entitlement, consumption, and digital technology through the lens of Iran’s elite. Rich Kids explores the cycles of historic decline and rebirth and the ways societies try to reproduce themselves. Winner of the 2019 Scotsman Fringe First Award and co-created by artist, writer, and activist Javaad Alipoor and director/dramaturg Kirsty Housley, this biting new play repurposes Instagram to explore what’s happening around the world in interactive and innovative ways.

Audiences are welcome to join a series of curated post-show talkbacks following Friday and Sunday performances of Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran. Links for these conversations will be shared in the chat at the conclusion of the performance. If you would like to attend a talkback on a date other than the day you view the performance, please contact the box office at for the Zoom information.

Scheduled Talkbacks >>

This show uses Instagram to tell part of the story and for some interactivity during the performance. Although it’s not necessary to be on Instagram while you watch the show, it does allow the artists to share more of the world with you and is encouraged. Instructions for accessing Instagram will be included in confirmation and pre-show emails.

Instagram How-To Guide >>

“This year, Woolly was a global partner for the Under the Radar festival at The Public Theater as they pivoted to online. We then took a group on a virtual “trip” to NYC and Rich Kids blew us away. This is live-streamed storytelling at its best, covering a fantastic array of topics from the history of Iran, nonlinear time, and the detritus of the Internet, to name only a few! This felt like a missing puzzle piece for our spring, and provides a different perspective on the Middle East as a compliment to This Is Who I Am.”

- Maria Manuela Goyanes, Artistic Director

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