Popular Armenian Comedy, “Where Is Your Groom? (Pesad Oor Eh)” New York City Finale Performance June 20


NEW YORK – The highly praised Armenian comedy, “Where Is Your Groom?  (Pesad Oor Eh),” a play by writer/director Taleen Babayan, will mark its New York City finale performance on Saturday, June 20, at the SVA Theatre.

Since its debut at Greenwich Village’s The Players Theatre almost two years ago, the group has performed to Armenian communities across the country, including in New Jersey, Massachusetts, California, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. This performance will be the group’s third in New York City.

The play and its cultural message, veiled in humor, has struck a chord with Armenians in the Diaspora of all generations. The story follows the life of an Armenian family living in the United States, whose older generation is preoccupied with finding suitable Armenian partners for their children. From the choreg baking mother, Siroun, who creates a “hars” list for her son – even attempting to fly someone in from overseas – to a funny opening scene of an “odar” who wants to take the daughter of the family out on a date but has to go through her parents’ questioning first, the play delivers many laughs.

The cast and crew have performed to over 2,000 audience members to date, bringing both laughter and a touching story that shows the lengths this tight-knit Armenian family will go to in order to preserve their culture while living in the Diaspora.

“Audience members have had a great positive attitude toward these performances because they are authentic,” said Roy Shant Tuncarslan, a New Jersey native who plays the role of a seminarian who is set up to date the daughter.

Tuncarslan, who is a Senior Associate at Crédit Agricole Bank, adds that, “it feels so good to know that the writer/director has paid close attention to the Armenian trends, both past and present.”

Over the course of its productions, over 30 Diasporan Armenians have participated in the play both on stage and behind the scenes, including natives of Australia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey and the United States.

“My experience with ‘Where is your Groom?’ has been extremely rewarding,” said Jack Jamgochian, a Long Island native studying engineering, who plays the role of Jiro the Jeweler. “Not only have I connected with fellow Armenians but I have also felt a connection to the audience.  As members of the Armenian Diaspora, I feel it is our duty to further our cultural awareness.”

“Where Is Your Groom?  (Pesad Oor Eh)” is Babayan’s debut play. She has since written and directed “From Sacred Wrath,” a play about an Armenian-American family grappling with the legacy of 1915, which performed two sold-out shows at the Davenport Theatre in New York City last April. A New Jersey native, Babayan is a graduate of Tufts University and Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism.

“The experience of being in ‘Pesad Oor Eh’ has been nothing short of epic,” said Tuncarslan “As a group, we enjoy each other’s company, and have built friendships throughout this journey.”

The finale performance of “Where Is Your Groom? (Pesad Oor Eh)” will take place on Saturday, June 20 at 7 p.m. at SVA Theatre, located at 333 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011.

For tickets please visit https://whereisyourgroom.ticketbud.com. For more information about the play, please visit www.whereisyourgroom.com and facebook.com/whereisyourgroom.

Originally published in The Armenian Mirror Spectator on 6/11/15


“Where Is Your Groom?” To Perform at Historic Armenian Church in New York City


NEW YORK, NY – The popular Armenian comedy, “Where Is Your Groom? (Pesad Oor Eh)” will perform in New York City on Sunday afternoon, May 17, in an event hosted by the Holy Cross Church of Armenia.

The play, which revolves around the themes of assimilation and cultural preservation, follows an American-Armenian family in their humorous attempts to find their daughter a suitable Armenian husband. Jon Simonian, Sr., coordinator of the event for Holy Cross, says the parish invited the cast of “Where Is Your Groom? (Pesad Oor Eh)” to perform the play as part of the church’s centennial commemoration.

“It is a performance that tells the world that we Armenians have survived and prospered one hundred years after those dark days of our history,” said Simonian. “We know what happened in Ottoman times, and we at Holy Cross commemorate it without lament or political message. Instead, we celebrate the creative achievement of one of our own, and we are proud to do so.”

The performance promises to deliver an entertaining show featuring the familiar faces that comprise an Armenian family – from the patriotic family patriarch to the “choreg” baking mother to the wise grandmother – each of whom believe the suitor they’ve picked for Lara is the right one, resulting in many laughs and entertaining twists and turns along the way.

“This play is a symbol of Armenian family life, Armenian language, the “Armenian way” of doing things all rolled into one entertaining, cleverly staged, and enjoyable event,” said Simonian.

“We are honored to perform at Holy Cross, which boasts a rich history of the Armenian-American experience,” said writer and director Taleen Babayan. “Its location in Washington Heights was home to a significant Armenian population that left an everlasting presence in this vibrant neighborhood of New York City.”

This performance will mark the seventh for the group, following its New York City debut at The Players Theatre in October 2013. The group has since staged its production on both the East and West coasts.

The 18-person cast and crew features young professionals from the New York/New Jersey Armenian community who have enjoyed participating in their culture in a unique way, presenting elements of their heritage on stage while forging new friendships.

“Where Is Your Groom? (Pesad Oor Eh)” will take place on Sun., May 17 at 1:30 p.m. at Holy Cross Armenian Church. For any questions, please contact Jon Simonian at jsimonian1280@gmail.com.

For more information about the play and its cast, photos and special previews, please visit http://www.whereisyourgroom.com.

Three New Cast Members Join “Where Is Your Groom? (Pesad Oor Eh)”


Jack Jamgochian


Michael Jamgochian


Roy Tuncarslan

Three new young Armenian-American professionals have joined the cast of “Where Is Your Groom? (Pesad Oor Eh)” for the group’s upcoming May 17 performance at the Holy Cross Armenian Church in New York City.

Michael Jamgochian, Jack Jamgochian and Roy Shant Tuncarslan are bringing their acting abilities and unique personalities to the stage in their “Where Is Your Groom? (Pesad Oor Eh)” debut performances.

Michael, a Long Island native who begins his first year of Residency in General Surgery at Westchester Medical Center later this summer, will be playing the dual roles of Mher, who is father to Jiro the jeweler, and Levon, who is set up on a date with Lara by her brother. Michael has a B.S. in Biology from Fordham University, an M.S. in Physiology and Biophysics from Stony Brook University, and an M.D. from Ross University School of Medicine. “I have never before been a part of a production and am really fortunate to be a part of this one,” said Jamgochian. “Taleen’s play is a comedic take on our Armenian community which also gives insight into the struggles we young professionals have when looking for that special someone.”

Jack Jamgochian will be playing the role of Jiro the Jeweler, who has had a crush on Lara since their days in “hye tbrotz.” Born and raised on Long Island, Jack is a graduate of the University of Scranton where he studied Business Administration and is currently studying Mechanical Engineering at Farmingdale State College. “ I am honored to be performing with such a talented group of people with a script that reveals the hilarious truths of living in an Armenian household.”

Roy Shant Tuncarslan, a Senior Associate at Credit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank in New York City, will be playing the role of Paul, a seminarian, who is introduced to Lara through Der Hayr. Roy, a native of Cliffside Park, NJ, is a graduate of Fordham University where he studied political science and business administration. Roy has always been interested in tapping into his natural acting abilities and is excited to appear in “Where Is Your Groom? (Pesad Oor Eh)”

“Where Is Your Groom? (Pesad Oor Eh)” will be performed on Sun., May 17 at 1:30 p.m. at Holy Cross Armenian Church. For any questions, please contact Jon Simonian at jsimonian1280@gmail.com.

“Where Is Your Groom? (Pesad Oor Eh)” Upcoming NYC Performances!

“Where Is Your Groom? (Pesad Oor Eh)” will perform at Holy Cross Armenian Church in Washington Heights, NY (187th between Audubon and St. Nicholas Ave) on Sunday afternoon, May 17, 2015.

The final performance will be on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 7 pm at the School of Visual Arts Theatre (23rd St. between 8th and 9th Avenues). Seating is first come first serve for the May 17 performance. Voluntary contributions to Holy Cross Church appreciated. Tickets for the June 20 finale performance are available here.

‘Where Is Your Groom?’ Performs in Philadelphia


MEDIA, Pa.—The cast of “Where Is Your Groom? (Pesad Oor Eh)” performed for an enthusiastic crowd in a sold-out show at Delaware County Community College on Jan. 31, in an event hosted by the St. Gregory Armenian Church of Philadelphia.

The comedic play, written and directed by Taleen Babayan, sheds light on relevant and significant issues facing both the younger and older generations of Armenians in the diaspora, and tackles the themes of assimilation, cultural identity, and ethnic preservation.

“Where Is Your Groom?” crosses ethnic boundaries and delivers shared laughs as it follows the story of an Armenian-American family’s quest to find their daughter a suitable husband. The warm-hearted comedy shows the lengths one family will go to in order to maintain their ethnic ties while living in America.

“Where Is Your Groom” is a laugh-out-loud comedy of the typical Armenian household,” said Norair Miller of Philadelphia. “It is a very entertaining, well-done play with a hilarious script and I highly recommend seeing it.”

Fellow audience member Silvia Mashikian Manoukian echoed Miller’s sentiments. “Thank you to the cast for such an incredible performance and for a memorable night for the whole family,” she said. “Somehow every Armenian needs to see this show.”

The group’s Philadelphia performance marked its sixth since its debut at the off-Broadway the Players Theatre in New York City in October 2013. Following its initial performance, the cast has staged the production for Armenian communities across the country, including in California, Massachusetts, Maryland, and New Jersey.

“It’s always an enjoyable experience to perform ‘Where Is Your Groom?’ but even more so in Philadelphia where the effusive spirit of the audience translated to us on stage,” said Babayan. “A special thank you to St. Gregory Armenian Church and to Lucinda Stamboulian, whose initiative and efforts brought our group to Philadelphia.”

The cast and crew consist of a group of exuberant young Armenian-American professionals from the New York/New Jersey community who have a desire to share the cultural elements of being Diasporan Armenians on stage in an entertaining manner.

“Taking part in an Armenian satire with familiar undertones in Armenian culture, family, and humor was so amazing,” said Scott Toppi, who played the role of Paul, a seminarian who is set up by the family’s priest to meet Lara. “For me, the enthusiasm and vitality of the Philadelphia community truly brought the feeling and emotion of the play to fruition.”

“I had a great time with the ‘Pesad Oor Eh’family performing our play,” said Daniella Baydar, who played the matriarch Siroun. “The Philadelphia community and St. Gregory Armenian Church were very welcoming and the reaction from the audience was great. Another successful and rewarding show!”

Originally published in The Armenian Weekly on 2/18/15