THOUGHTS: Nirbhaya

Poorna Jagannathan,Rukhsar Kabir, Priyanka, Bose and Japjit Kaur (as Nirbhaya). Credit: Timmy Blupe

Poorna Jagannathan,Rukhsar Kabir, Priyanka Bose and Japjit Kaur as “Nirbhaya”. (Photo: Timmy Blupe)

Nirbhaya, we are told at the beginning of this play, means fearless. It was a pseudonym given by the Indian press to Jyoti Singh Pandey, a bright, ambitious, 23-year-old physiotherapy intern, who, on the night of December 16th in 2012, boarded a private New Delhi bus to return home to her parents after attending a movie. She never made it back.

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THEATRE TO SEE: April

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Hello spring! It’s been rough, but we made it through winter and now we are all ready to welcome the sunny blue skies that April will bring. While you’re taking in a little Vitamin D from Mother Nature, why not check out the diversity that theatre has to offer? Continue reading

THOUGHTS: Comida de Puta

Marcos Sotomayor as Elegua and Mariana Parma as Laluz. Credit: Photo provided by KampfireFilmsPr

Alex R. Hernandez as Elegua and Mariana Parma as Laluz. (Photo: John Quilty)

The poetic new play Comida de Puta (F%&king Lousy Food) is a magic, media, and rhythm-infused retelling of the Greek myth Phaedra set in the present-day, gentrifying Bronx. Continue reading

THOUGHTS: Buzzer

Tessa Ferrer and Grantham Coleman (Photo Tammy Shell)

Tessa Ferrer and Grantham Coleman (Photo Tammy Shell)

Playwright Tracey Scott Wilson (The Good Negro, The Story) returns to The Public with BUZZER, a three character drama.

Jackson (Grantham Coleman), an upwardly mobile black attorney, has just bought an apartment in a transitioning neighborhood in Brooklyn. He sees the potential of his old neighborhood, as does his white girlfriend Suzy (Tessa Ferrer), at first. When Jackson’s childhood friend Don (Michael Stahl-David) leaves rehab to crash with them, the trio quickly becomes trapped between the tensions inside their own home and the dangers that may lurk outside.

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TALKS: Ito Aghayere on The Liquid Plain (Off-Broadway)

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Ito Aghayere

The Liquid Plain runs until March 29th at the Signature Theatre.  Set on the docks of late 18th century Rhode Island and based on the tales of true events, the narrative centers around runaway slaves Adjua and Dembi. Winner of the 2012 Horton Foote Prize for Promising New American Play, The Liquid Plain brings to life a group of people whose stories have been erased from history. Ito Aghayere portrays one of those people, Dembi, in this play.

Ito is absolutely brilliant in the role of Dembi. Her portrayal of the cross dressing runaway slave is truly transcendent. Continue reading

THOUGHTS: The Liquid Plain

Kristolyn Lloyd, Ito Aghayere and Michael Izquierdo (Photo: Joan Marcus)

This weekend I saw The Liquid Plain, a play by Naomi Wallace, at the Signature Theatre Off-Broadway. After attending an inspiring talk with the director, Kwame Kwei-Armah, I was eager to see this piece. Complex and thought provoking, The Liquid Plain offers a narrative based on true events. Billed as a story about 2 runaway slaves, Adjua and Dembi, on the docks of late 18th century Rhode Island, the play offers polished performances and high production values. Continue reading

TALKS: Pearl Sun on Long Story Short (Off-Broadway)

Long Story ShortProspect Theater Company’s Long Story Short shares the story of a 50-year long marriage between an Asian-American woman and a Jewish man.

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THOUGHTS: The Church of Why Not

churchofwhynotThe Church of Why Not is a new play exploring the Upper West Side and The Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew. Here Methodists, Ethiopian Evangelicals, Conservative Jews, and LGBT Christian Latinos share space with recovery programs, tutoring, activist organizations, a homeless shelter, a youth band, Pilates classes and a food pantry that feeds thousands of people.

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THEATRE TO SEE: March

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The old saying is March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb. Well, as I notice the snow falling from the sky today I hope this is true. But don’t let the winter weather keep you from having a theatrical experience! As a matter of fact, I caught a local community theatre production of Caroline, or Change. Snow or no snow, below freezing or not, it’s always nice to, safely, get out and have a cultural experience! I hope something posted in the March edition of Theatre to See will spark a fire in you to get out and enjoy the diversity that can and should exist in theatre…and maybe that spark will keep you warm if it’s still blistering cold in your neck of the woods!

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THOUGHTS: We Are Proud to Present….

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L to R: White Man (Lucas Hatton), Sarah (Megan Trout), Another Black Man (Rotimi Agbabiaka) and Black Man (David Moore) illustrate the history of the Herero under German colonial rule.
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It was only last month that I was watching a play set in India in the 1930s written by a white Brit and directed by a white American. This makes We Are Proud to Present… all the more timely.

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TALKS: Arpita Mukherjee, Co-Founder of Hypokrit Theatre Company

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Last fall, Arpita Mukherjee teamed up with Shubhra Prakash to found Hypokrit Theatre Company. Their goal is to provide minority artists with opportunities to showcase and market their work. This month, Hypokrit’s inaugural production Romeo and Juliet opened at the Access Theater in NYC. AIC spoke to Arpita about founding a theater company, Romeo and Juliet, and what’s next for Hypokrit.

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THEATRE TO SEE: February

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Welcome to February everyone! Hopefully you’re all taking time to stay warm and decompress in the midst of all the winter weather. And for those of you in warmer, sunnier climates, this is not the time to brag! To get us back into the swing of things for 2015’s theatre scene, we have a list of shows offering diverse casts, playwrights, and directors in New York City.

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