My Dear Hussein

Co-Produced with Silk Road Rising

Silk Road Rising (Founding Artistic Director Jamil Khoury and Founding Executive Director Malik Gillani) and Momentary Theatre (Co-Curators Matthew T. Messina and Jacob C. Shuler) are proud to announce the World Premiere of My Dear Hussein, written by Nahal Navidar, and directed by Tlaloc Rivas. The production will run March 17 to April 19, 2020 at Silk Road Rising located at 77 W. Washington St., Lower Level, Chicago, IL, 60602. The Press Opening is Sunday, March 22 at 4:00pm.


A child, a toy dog, and a ruthless dictator walk into a war zone and fanciful imagination breaks free. This surrealistic tale of a four-year-old Iranian girl unfolds amidst the carnage of the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980s. The lines between playful fantasy and brutal warfare are gradually blurred as ugly realities become harder to mask.

The creative team for My Dear Hussein includes:


  • Nahal Navidar (Playwright)

  • Tlaloc Rivas (Director)

  • Corey Pond (Associate Producer)

  • Andy Lynn (Production Manager and Scenic Designer)

  • Kristin Mazzocca (Stage Manager)

  • Samia Malik (Assistant Scenic Designer)

  • Allyson Leisure (Costume Designer)

  • Sam van Loon (Lighting Designer)

  • Aidan McBreen (Properties Designer)

  • Jacob C. Shuler (Dramaturg)

  • Amanda Grissom (Assistant Stage Manager). 

The cast includes:


  • Shadee Vossoughi (Parvaneh)

  • Rom Barkhordar* (Baba/Saddam Hussein)

  • Ninos Baba (Hussein)

  • Joan Nahid (Maman/News Reporter)

  • Omer Abbas Salem (Javad)

Understudies include:

  • Marielle Issa (Parvaneh u/s)

  • Josh Razavi (Baba/Saddam Hussein u/s)

  • Thomas Russell (Hussein u/s)

  • Emma Sheikh (Maman/News Reporter u/s)

  • Joaquin Rodarte (Javad u/s)

* Denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers.



Silk Road Rising is a community-centered art-making and arts service organization rooted in Asian, Middle Eastern, and Muslim experiences. Through digital media, arts education, and live performance we challenge disinformation, cultivate community voices, and create new narratives.

At Silk Road Rising we understand that representation matters; it molds perceptions, informs conversations, and influences policies. We view our work as an intentional strategy to shift and expand our communities’ narratives, and to assist other organizations in their efforts to include Asian, Middle Eastern, and Muslim stories.

Through our investigation of shared mythologies, we curate works of live performance that record, reveal, and react to human progress over time.

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