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ELAN ZAFIR

Actor. Playwright.

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GOD OF CARNAGE

by Yasmina Reza

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God of Carnage

By Yasmina Reza
Directed by Ryan Quinn

April 18 – May 14, 2023

Quadracci Powerhouse

It's All Fun and Games – Until the Grown-Ups Get Hurt

Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play, this explosive comedy is all fun and games – until the grown-ups get hurt. When two sets of parents politely meet over coffee and cake to settle a schoolyard spat between their sons, the gloves come off as neighborly decorum disintegrates into laugh-out-loud, no-holds barred mayhem. This "first class" (The New York Times) and "scabrously funny" (USA Today) send-up of middle-class manners gives a brutally entertaining look at what happens when the little things end up pushing us over the edge.

“A dark and hilarious farce.”
– The New Yorker

Interview with the Director Ryan Quinn

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BEDLAM IN REPERTORY

OCTOBER 5 – NOVEMBER 20

AT THE IRONDALE CENTER IN BROOKLYN

BEDLAM continues it's 10th anniversary season with two classic plays performed in repertory: nine actors will take on William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale and Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, adapted by Jon Robin Baitz, playing from October 5 through November 20, 2022 at the Irondale Center in Brooklyn, New York.

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BLUE BLOODS

"Life During Wartime"


CBS's Blue Bloods: Season 13, Episode 4: Frank Reagan heads both the police force and the Reagan brood, a multi-generational family of cops dedicated to New York City law enforcement.

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FBI: INTERNATIONAL

"Chew Toy"

CBS's FBI: International: Season 1, Episode 11: When an NYPD officer is detained in Transnistria for aggravated assault, the Fly Team investigates his claims of infiltrating a sex trafficking ring being concealed by those in power. Also, Forrester receives an unusual message from an unknown sender.

Streaming on Paramount +

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THE BLACKLIST

"The Protean"

NBC‘s The Blacklist: Season 8, Episode 18: The Task Force springs into action to stop an elusive assassin on Liz’s trail.

Watch it 05/21/2021 (08:00PM – 09:00PM) (Friday)

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BEDLAM: THE SERIES

"Which of you shall we say doth love us most?"

BEDLAM:

THE SERIES

NOW STREAMING

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Created & Directed by Eric Tucker
Written by Eric Tucker & Musa Gurnis

BEDLAM: THE SERIES twists Shakespearean characters and plots we know and love – King Lear, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Merchant of Venice– into a new story of love, deceit, betrayal and revenge. More The Sopranosthan doublet and hose, in BEDLAM you’ll find family drama, organized crime, and romantic comedy stewed together and told in Shakespeare’s own delicious words. This mini season enters you into this fractious, delightful world where everything may not be exactly as it seems – but it is BEDLAM.

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Small time crime boss Linda “King” Lear is sick. Her attempt to retire early is a debacle that devolves into a bloody family fight for control of Windsor City. Suddenly forced to retire, Lear splits up the business among her three children, expecting them to take turns caring for her during chemo. But her two oldest daughters, Goneril and Regan, are out for themselves. Lear disowns her youngest, favorite kid, Cordelia, who runs off with a dashing rival crime lord named France. Meanwhile, Lear’s top lieutenants are both having family troubles of their own. Frank Ford is sure his wife Alice is stepping out on him with an off- brand Keith Richards, Lear’s drinking buddy Falstaff. George Page’s daughter Anne is sneaking around with a scumbag called Oswald, and his bastard son Edmund is trying to screw his legitimate brother Edgar out of his inheritance. The rest is BEDLAM.

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THE NEW YORK TIMES

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Women's Voices Festival in DC. Quote is from Way of the World by Theresa Rebeck.

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BIO

Elan Zafir is a Canadian actor based in New York City. He originated the role of Abaddon, in Olivier-nominated writer/director Yael Farber’s critically acclaimed adaptation of SALOME at Shakespeare Theatre Company, which garnered 7 Helen Hayes Awards including Best Ensemble. He played in Theresa Rebeck's comedy WAY OF THE WORLD opposite Kristine Nielsen.  Elan was cast by Mark Brokaw to play Nazari in the new play PAPER DOLLS which was developed through the Sundance Play Festival and the Public Theater. Elan was cast by Mark Wing-Davey to play Hamzi in Mona Mansour's THE VAGRANT TRILOGY which was developed through the Public Theater, and is a part of their 2019-2020 season. He will be a part of the official opening season of Simon Goodwin's first year as Artistic Director of The Shakespeare Theatre Company in the award winning play EVERYBODY by Brandon Jacob Jenkins. Elan was nominated for a James MacArthur Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play for his work in Twelve Angry Men at Ford's Theatre, directed by Sheldon Epps. Elan was recently cast in the World Premiere of Ms. Rebeck's new play Enlightened; Mrs. Rebeck is set to direct. He shot a Krav-Maga western, Your Own; He was cast in a Shakespeare mashup with Bedlam, a critically acclaimed Off Broadway theatre company. He also Guest Starred on NBC's The Blacklist episode 818 "The Protean" as a killer with a heart of gold. (His description, not NBC's.) Elan most recently returned from Budapest, where he filmed an episode of FBI: International.

He graduated The Dome Professional Theatre Program of Montreal, and attended The Academy for Classical Acting University, where he earned his MFA.

He wrote and performed in his one man show, The Unaccompanied Minor, which had its world premiere at the Asheville Fringe Festival, went on to perform at the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and finally completed it's journey at the DC Fringe where Roger Catlin of The Washington Post called his play "A top pick of the fringe." Elan also studied improv at Upright Citizens Brigade, where he completed the rigorous program in just two years. He has worked with Seth Barrish and Judy Gold on his newest solo show Jewface. Elan is an avid hiker, tennis enthusiast, pickleball player, and an amateur baker.

Blue Bloods: "Life During Wartime"

Bedlam: Hedda Gabler/The Winter's Tale (in rep)

FBI: International: "Chew Toy"

The Blacklist: "The Protean"

Bedlam: Bedlam The Series

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company: There's Always the Hudson 

Eureka Day  Mosaic Theatre

EVERYBODY   Shakespeare Theatre Company

Arena Stage: Junk: The Golden Age of Debt

The Folger Shakespeare Theatre: King John, Way of the World

Edinburgh Fringe/Capital Fringe: The Unaccompanied Minor*

*Written by Mr. Zafir

Shakespeare Theatre Company: Salomé*OthelloRomeo & Juliet 

*Helen Hayes Award Best Ensemble

Ford's Theatre: RagtimeTwelve Angry Men

Signature Theatre: Tender Napalm

Mosaic Theatre: Paper Dolls, The Vagrant Trilogy

Adventure Theatre: Jumanji* 

*Helen Hayes Award Outstanding Production

Rep Stage: Venus in Fur

The Welders: Happiness and Other Reasons to Die

Capitol Fringe: Ben&Lucille*

*Written by Mr. Zafir

New York Fringe: Leaf in the Mailbox*

*Written by Mr. Zafir

*Winner Best Ensemble Cast Award

Greenwich Street Theatre: Romeo and Juliet

Wings Theatre: Raft of the Medusa

Looking Glass Theatre: Cardboard Moon

Playwrights Horizon: Inner Workings of a Man

TheatreWorksUSA: Peter Pan

Producers Club: This is Your Life*

*Written by Mr. Zafir

*Finalist: Strawberry One-Act Festival

Lycean Theatre: Accomplice

Coconut Grove Playhouse: The Disputation 

Atwater Theatre: Look Back in Anger

GableStage: Arms and the Man 

Kennedy Center: Together Again After* [Workshop]

*Written by Mr. Zafir


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TV/Film credits: FBI: International, The BlacklistHouse of Cards, King of Crimes, Big Wolf on Campus, Apples, Milquetoast, Fairies, Nantucket Sun, Hit the Girl, Brand Management, Legend of Sleepy Hollow, A Child, Student Bodies, Discovery Channel, The Event, Making of the Mob, Turn, Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall.

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WASHINGTON POST ARTICLE: AT THE SHAKESPEARE THEATRE, THIS PLAY’S CASTING CHANGES FROM NIGHT TO NIGHT

October 2019

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JUNK OPENING NIGHT

APRIL 2019

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THEATRE

THE WINTER'S TALE

HEDDA GABLER

Bedlam

THERE'S ALWAYS THE HUDSON

Woolly Mammoth Theatre

EVERYBODY

Shakespeare Theatre Company

JUNK: THE GOLDEN AGE OF DEBT

Arena Stage

TWELVE ANGRY MEN

Ford's Theatre

Shakespeare Theatre Company

KING JOHN

Folger Theatre

THE VAGRANT TRILOGY

Mosaic Theatre

WAY OF THE WORLD

Folger Theatre

Mosaic Theatre

Ford's Theatre

Shakespeare Theatre Company

THE UNACCOMPANIED MINOR

Edinburgh Fringe, UK

Signature Theatre

OTHELLO

Shakespeare Theatre Company

The Welders

Rep Stage

Adventure Theatre

BEN&LUCILLE

Atlas Theatre

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REVIEWS

Naveen Kumar — The New York Times

"The most impressive juggling act comes from Zafir, who plays both father and son in a confrontation at the altar of young love."

Peter Marks — The Washington Post

"And by the way, Elan Zafir plays Hubert, torn by affection for Arthur, with such exceptional emotionality that he makes a powerful case for this secondary character to be the humane touchstone for the play."

Roger Caitlin — Washington Post

"Zafir’s impassioned portrayal... embodying a dozen characters along the way in whip-smart, breakneck fashion...has devised a show with layers of theatricality that crackle..."

Benjamin Tomchik — Broadway World

"There is a raw quality to the emotional and physical relationship of Woman and Man, and Harris and Zafir do a phenomenal job exploring this couple. With each insult, kiss, embrace, pursuit and clash, we see their relationship reach a new level of depth... it's fascinating to watch "

Kate Wingfield — Metro Weekly

"Zafir is an excellent physical comic, his timing is superb, and he absolutely nails it. Quite honestly, he makes the night."

Susan Galbraith — DC Theatre Scene

"Elan Zafir, always striking to watch, creates a lively connection [with Dykstra] that takes theatrical communion to another level, truly extraordinary. When John tells Hubert to “off” his nephew, they play with looks, innuendo slipped in almost as an aside, and musically “riff” like two great jazz musicians."

Celia Wren — Washington Post

Zafir’s amusingly flippant and chatty Jeb shows a vulnerable side, to poignant effect.

Charles Wright — Off Off Online

"Yet, in two moving duologues, the superb Zafir and Millonzi (as Eilert and Hedda) drop the Bedlam rowdiness and offer a brief, emotional glimpse of their characters’ damaged hearts"

Allison Daniels — DC Theatre Scene

"Eventually Zafir works himself into a frenzy that pulls together elements of everything he has been trying to communicate for almost an hour. It’s spellbinding."

Lisa Traiger— DC Metro Theatre Arts

"In the case of Elan Zafir’s biographical one-man show The Unaccompanied Minor, although it’s billed as a comedy, it really isn’t all that funny. And that’s okay, because there’s much more to the 50-minute monologue than laughs."

Robert Michael Oliver — MD Theatre Guide

"Elan Zafir play(s) this with ferocious abandon. Zafir’s performance is an athletic tour de force."

Barbara Mackay — Theatre Mania

"Elan Zafir defines obnoxiousness..."

April Forrer — MD Theatre Guide

"And every time Elan Zafir opens his mouth and says his lines, the audience laughs. It’s a given. He’s that good."

Debbie Minter Jackson — DC Theatre Scene

Elan Zafir (as Jeb) leads the pack – with chiseled chin, quick stealthy moves, and perfect pitch delivery, he could just as easily be spouting dialogue from Mamet before heading out to commit a quick kill.

Romper — Kylie McConville

"My first impression of Goodwin's prison cellmate, whose name is Gagik, was that he's physically intimidating, covered in tattoos, and bald. You don't want to f*ck with this guy."

Sophia Howes — DC Metro Arts Theatre

"Henry’s other friend Reg, as played by Elan Zafir, has a kind of good-old-boy bonhomie which makes some of his retrograde remarks much more palatable. He displays surprising growth, and Zafir portrays his evolution with enthusiasm."

Linda Gordon — KidFriendlyDC

"But the character who had me actually LOL-ing was The Guide. Played by Elan Zafir, he’s like an awkward Indiana Jones meets J. Peterman from Seinfeld — in the most hilarious way possible."

DC Metro Theatre Arts

"Elan Zafir has conjured up theatrical genius that is both modern and relevant and loaded with humorous moments amid a very real dramatic situation."

Ian Thal — DC Metro Theatre Arts

"Graves’ scene with Elan Zafir’s Hubert, in whose care John has placed Arthur, elicits heart-wrenching performances from both actors."

Susan Galbraith — DC Theatre Sc

"I found myself on the edge of my seat and watery-eyed watching the extraordinary Graves and Zafir, the desperate, innocent boy and the tormented, conflicted man."

"Juror No. 10 (Elan Zafir, delivering a wonderfully contemptible, utterly unapologetic performance)—a blue-collar, vitriolic racist."