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Mr. K and the Flowers

By: Nassim Soleimanpour
Narrated by: Maz Jobrani, Simon McBurney, Urs Jucker, Golshifteh Farahani, Nassim Soleimanpour
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Publisher's summary

From the inventive mind of experimental playwright Nassim Soleimanpour comes Mr. K and the Flowers, a deftly written and deeply evocative existential mystery.

It’s the middle of the night in Tehran when Michael arrives at the apartment of his ex-girlfriend, Shima. He finds her anxiously awaiting a mysterious visitor and fears he’s interrupted a tryst, only to gradually learn that the truth is much stranger and more sinister.

What follows is a series of cunning detours in this atmospheric and elusive odyssey that challenges expectations and assumptions at every turn.

Playwright Nassim Soleimanpour was awarded a commission through the Audible Emerging Playwrights Fund, an initiative dedicated to developing innovative original plays driven by language and voice. As an Audible-commissioned playwright, he received funding and creative support to develop Mr. K and the Flowers.

Sound design by Mikhail Fiksel

Directed by Danya Taymor

©2024 Nassim Soleimanpour (P)2024 AO Media LLC

About the Playwright

Nassim Soleimanpour is an Iranian playwright and the artistic director of the Berlin-based Nassim Soleimanpour Productions. His plays have been translated into over 40 languages and were performed thousands of times by some of the biggest names in the industry worldwide.
Best known for his plays White Rabbit Red Rabbit and NASSIM, Soleimanpour has mastered the format of cord-read, where a new actor receives and performs his plays for the first and last time in front of a live audience.
On March 13, 2021, to mark the anniversary of the COVID shutdown, 120 producers across the globe put on White Rabbit Red Rabbit at the same local time.
In 2024, Soleimanpour lives in Berlin with his beautiful wife, Shirin, and his dog, Echo.

About the Director

Danya Taymor is an Obie Award-winning New York-based director. Recent direction: the Broadway production of Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu's Pass Over; Will Arbery's Pulitzer finalist Heroes of the Fourth Turning (Playwrights Horizons) and Evanston Salt Costs Climbing (New Group), Samuel Beckett's Endgame (Gate, Dublin), Jeremy O. Harris's Daddy (Almeida, London + New Group/Vineyard), Korde Arrington Tuttle's Graveyard Shift (Goodman Theatre), Danai Gurira's Familiar (Steppenwolf), and Martyna Majok's Queens (Lincoln Center Theater).
Her production of Antoinette Nwandu's Pass Over was filmed in collaboration with Spike Lee and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and is streaming on Amazon Prime.
Upcoming work includes the world premiere of The Outsiders musical on Broadway at the Jacobs Theater.

About the Performer

Golshifteh Farahani is an Iranian actress. Amongst her credits are Bahman Ghobadi's Half Moon (winner of the Golden Seashell at the San Sebastián Film Festival, 2006), Dariush Mehrjui's controversial The Music Man, and the late Rasool Mollagholi Poor's M for Mother, which after a huge success in Iran was chosen to represent Iran for the Best Foreign Film at the Academy Awards in 2008. After playing in Body of Lies by Ridley Scott, Golshifteh became the first Iranian star to act in a major Hollywood production. Subsequently she was banned from leaving her country. Later Golshifteh starred in Atiq Rahimi’s The Patience Stone to rave reviews as well as Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson alongside Adam Driver. Golshifteh can most recently be seen in Arab Blues, which premiered at Venice Film Festival. She can currently be seen in Simon Kinberg’s series Invasion for Apple+ as well as the first and second Extraction films for Netflix alongside Chris Hemsworth.

About the Performer

Maz Jobrani is a comedian and actor who performs around the world and recently released a new standup comedy special The Birds and the Bees that is now available for streaming on YouTube. As an actor, he was most recently seen playing the loveable "Fawz" on the CBS comedy Superior Donuts. He has made many appearances on television's most popular shows, including Grey's Anatomy, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Better Off Ted, Last Man Standing, and Shameless. He has also been a regular guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Late Late Show with James Corden. Maz starred as the title character in the award-winning indie comedy, Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero, a feature which he co-wrote and co-produced. He has co-starred in many additional films, including Sydney Pollack's The Interpreter, Disney's Descendants and Ice Cube's Friday After Next. Maz's other standup comedy specials include Immigrant, which was filmed at the prestigious Kennedy Center and is a Netflix original, as well as three additional solo specials on Showtime: Brown and Friendly, I Come in Peace, and I'm Not a Terrorist But I've Played One on TV. In the Spring of 2016 he performed at the White House where he had the privilege of introducing Michelle Obama. As a UC Berkeley alum, Maz gave the keynote speech to the graduating class of 2017. Maz served as the host for the 45th International Emmys in New York. He was a founding member of The Axis of Evil comedy tour, which aired on Comedy Central. He is a regular panelist on NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me and has given two TED Talks. His LA Times bestselling book, I'm Not a Terrorist But I've Played One on TV, was published by Simon & Schuster. Maz executive produced Everything Must Change, a documentary about his sister's battle with breast cancer, which is currently available on iTunes.

About the Performer

Urs Jucker was born in Switzerland in 1973 and studied acting at the University of the Arts in Bern. From 2008 to 2014 he was a permanent member of the ensemble of the Schaubühne at Lehniner Platz in Berlin and is still engaged as a guest there today. There he worked with directors such as Thomas Ostermeier, Marius von Mayenburg, and Alvis Hermanis. As "Claudius" in Ostermeier's Hamlet production, Urs has appeared in numerous international guest performances worldwide.
In addition to his successful theater work, Urs Jucker is also a regular presence on the big screen. The films in which he has appeared have been screened at numerous film festivals and have been invited, amongst others, to the Berlinale, for example When Will It Be Again Like It Never Was Before (D: Sonja Heiss, 2021), My Little Sister (Stéphanie Chuat, Veronique Reymond, 2019), and Dora or the Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents (Stina Werenfels, 2015). The feature film Vitus (Fredi M. Murer, 2005) with Urs in one of the leading roles was the official Swiss choice for the Oscar nomination and was awarded the Swiss Film Award. Urs was nominated again in 2017 for his performance in Der Frosch. Most recently he was again featured in Everyone Wants to Be Loved (Katharina Woll) at numerous international film festivals, such as the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival.
Headshot Copyright: Hannes Caspar.

About the Performer

Simon McBurney, renowned character actor and theater director, can currently be seen starring in Scott Cooper’s The Pale Blue Eye opposite Christian Bale for Netflix as well as on Amazon, going toe to toe with Idris Elba in Hijack for Apple TV, and reprising his fan favorite role of “Runyan Millworthy“ in the series finale of Amazon’s Carnival Row. In the coming months you will see McBurney starring opposite Elizabeth Banks in director Christine Jeffs’ A Mistake, co-starring with Andre Holland in Duke Johnson’s The Actor, as well as starring in Robert Eggers’ latest film Nosferatu.
Other credits include: Wolfwalkers for Apple+. Abel Ferrara’s Siberia, Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation, Robert Zemeckis’ Allied, The Theory of Everything, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and The Loudest Voice for Showtime.

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Hard to listen to on many levels

I tried to like it and listened to the whole thing but I struggled. As an audiobook this is not an easy listen. Most difficult was screaming followed by whispering made for a very painful experience. Also difficult was the overlapping ‘background and between the lines’ speech over dialogue.

Story was hard to follow and I’m sure I missed some nuances but I feel like I missed a lot since I don’t speak Farsi. I’m actually German so I could understand all of the German dialogue and I think listeners who don’t missed out (just the lyrics of the children’s song were pertinent in my opinion). I did not live this even though I tried.

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Disjointed stories, not for me.

Pretentious intellectual writing. The non-story story was impossible to follow, the reader was ok, but English readers sometimes have an elitist element to their interpretation. Just not my taste for casual listening.

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Unusual format

It was like black box theatre on audio or old time radio, I liked it, no visual just my imagination

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Very niche material, if that's your thing

The narration is good, and I enjoyed the old-timey radio feel of the analog effects and plot devices. That being said, the incredibly condescending tone that is used with zero pushback by the male characters is hard to listen to. Not for me

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Thought provoking but bleak

I enjoyed the experimental structure but the narratives were so nihilistic that I ended up liking the piece far less than I expected.