An Iranian American examines herself and her life in a one-woman audio show that straddles the line between fiction and truth. Snap Judgment presents, “A Person Who Has Never Even Been Married...” a special spotlight on the Appearances podcast.
This episode contains strong language, scenes of domestic turmoil, and mentions sex. Sensitive listeners, please be advised.
From Mermaid Palace and Radiotopia, Sharon Mashihi brings you Appearances. This podcast brings to life an Iranian American family and community through the real and fantastical mental machinations of Melanie Barzadeh. Melanie is in her mid 30’s and desires nothing more than to become a mother. The difficulty of finding the right partner seems to be directly connected to the struggles witnessed in her home throughout her entire childhood. As Sharon Mashihi voice-acts all the characters in one family, the depth of the love, pain, and struggle is felt with visceral, profound compassion at every turn.
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The roles of Melanie, her family members, and all the wedding guests were performed by Sharon Mashihi. The role of Ponch was performed by Thatcher Keats. This episode also featured clips from an interview with Rabbi Tarlan Rabizadeh. The story consultant was Sunita Prasad. The associate producer of pre-production was Monique Laborde. The associate producer was Ariel Mejia. The mix engineer was Harry Knazen. Kaitlin Prest is the executive producer and editor of Appearances.
The show was made with support from New York State Council on the Arts, Madowell, the Ragdale Foundation, Union Docs, and IFP.
Sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller
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