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Entries in One-woman play (1)


Award-winning multilingual one-woman play


“A hidden gem”

(Chris Neville-Smith, 70th Edinburgh Festival Fringe) 

About the show: 

With nothing but the titular suitcase, a raincoat and a scarf, this true story centers on questions of identity, immigration, women’s rights and involuntary displacement in a humorous and heartfelt portrayal of 27 characters in four languages. A tour-de-force performed in English, Spanish, French and Persian with English surtitles, Mimi's Suitcase is a universal coming-of-age story of resilience and humanity at once relevant, vibrant and authentic.

The show premiered in NYC in 2015 as a bestseller at United Solo Festival and went on to win the Audience Choice Award for Best Play at Kulturverein Boje in Heidelberg, Germany, the following year. It has since been touring internationally performing in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, Cologne, Toronto and Edinburgh where it was PICK OF FRINGE at 70th Edinburgh Festival Fringe (Chris on Theatre) and longlisted for an Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award.  

About Ana: 

Ana is a multicultural linguist specializing in theatre, film, voice-over narration, translation, creative writing and Modern Languages instruction. She is fluent in Spanish, French, Persian and English and can get by in German, Italian and Catalan. With a strong academic background in Language and Linguistics, conservatory training in Acting and Stagecraft as well as Film Studies, Ana is also a faculty member with the Modern Languages and World Cultures Department at Saint Mary’s College of California. Ana will next be seen in the soon-to-be-released feature film Waiting for Kiarostami (Khandan/Williams).  

Artist Statement: 

In writing this personal, historically-influenced and still highly relevant story, it is my heartfelt mission to bring us all together in the realization that we have more in common than what seemingly sets us apart.

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Press review highlights

"Bayat is a great physical performer, and she never failed to fill the stage.” (Laura Kate Barrow, Lady Parts) 

“Mimi’s Suitcase blends the light and dark elements of its tale with force and humour." (Peter Donachie, Edinburgh Reporter)  

"Fascinating window into life in widely different cultures entertaining and moving in equal measure.” (Mary Woodward, SGFringe) 

Audience review highlights

"Funny, thought-provoking, engaging, finely-honed." 

"You will laugh, you will cry, you will be moved." 

 "Enjoyed every second of it."