Emblem – by Shyamala Moorty

Synopsis: The post 9/11 South Asian-American body becomes beholden to U.S. Homeland Security and molded by patriotic nationalism.  The performer, once a South Asian woman, becomes the Emblem of the US: the predatory bald eagle, as it soars into the boundless space of the future, leaving a trail of carcasses behind

Setting: Urban neighborhood in the U.S.

Time Period: 2001

Cast Size: 1

Casting: South Asian

This Play is: Unpublished

Production History:

  • Los Angeles Women’s Theater Festival, El Portal Theater, Hollywood, CA (2008)
  • Campus theater, Cal Poly Pomona, Pomona CA (2005)
  • Artwallah, Barnsdall Gallery Theater, Hollywood, CA (2005)
  • What’s 9/11 Got to Do With It?, Highways Performance Space, CA (2005)

Review Quotes:

“…I saw in her fitful, jarring expressiveness played out with an American flag a far more topical and tortured critique of American militarism.” -Deborah Klugman, LA Weekly, March 31, 2008

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