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Marjan Neshat ’98 Finds Her Groove Off-Broadway

She starred in three plays this season.

Marjan Neshat ’98 (acting) almost gave up acting. But after years of putting in the work, perseverance paid off this season with three Off-Broadway roles that allowed the artist to showcase her breadth and depth.

All three plays were by playwrights of Middle Eastern descent. The Iranian-born actress found the roles she was born to play.

The first was Selling Kabul by Sylvia Khoury at Playwrights Horizons and the latter were English and Wish You Were Here by Sanaz Toossi at Atlantic Theater Company and Playwrights Horizons, respectively.

According to the New York Times, Toossi called Neshat “‘the best actor I’ve ever worked with’ and ‘a gift to the new-play world.’”

Her prior credits include the 2008 Off-Broadway production of “The Seagull” with Dianne Wiest and Alan Cumming. Her onscreen work included mainly supporting roles in films like the 2014 RoboCop remake and TV shows including New Amsterdam and Quantico.