Nastaran Ahmadi’s plays include Layla and Majnun, Doctoring, Exile and Rocket Song. Nastaran is a member playwright at The Lark Play Development Center and a 2011-2012 Writing Fellow at The Playwrights Realm in NYC where her play, Exile (finalist, 2012 O’Neill Playwrights Conference), will receive a reading in their INK’D Festival of New Plays in May. She will attend The Orchard Project in June to develop her new play with original music, Rocket Song. Nastaran holds an MFA in Playwriting from Yale School of Drama where she received the ASCAP Cole Porter Prize in Playwriting.

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Excerpt from Doctoring


I am not a criminal; I am civilized.  I am domestically inclined and I dress well.  I don’t eat meat.  I don’t recycle, I re-use.  I read the New Yorker and I take walks in the park.  I muse.  I ponder.  I doubt.  I hope.  I dream of winning something, but refuse to be disappointed when I don’t.  I use a humidifier and a filtered purifier.  My air is clean, even if yours isn’t.  I have favorite movies.  I have favorite idioms.  I have favorite colors, sounds, textures.  I have a mild case of cleanliness OCD that makes me interesting and useful, but not scary or boorish.  I don’t believe in war, but I believe that it’s inevitable.  I don’t believe in taxes for the middle class or the poor, but I pay them because paying taxes earns me the right to hate the rich, which I do, not in a discriminatory way, but rather as a matter of moral economics.  I should have studied psychology; I should have studied philosophy; I should have taken macro and micro and  bio and chem, but I didn’t, and I live to regret it.  I don’t want to turn back time, I just want to wallow my way through the future like a normal person.  I crave truth.  I crave abandon.  I crave love, lust, agony, betrayal, revelation, revision.  I crave loyalty, but I don’t expect it.