American Enemy

As the frenzy of travel bans are unleashed via executive orders a Bangladeshi-American Muslim professor of political science is detained on his way back to the U.S. after presenting a controversial paper at Dhaka University in Bangladesh. His professional and personal relationships are seen through the predicaments he faces at a time when his identity could at any time have him perceived as a “threat to national security.”


Synopsis: In this provocative play masquerading as a stand-up comedy routine, an Indian intersex person explores history, mythology, gender roles… and high school. Brahman/i – funny, cynical, inventive and intensely charismatic – takes on more than a dozen unforgettable characters in a fascinating life story that most of us can barely even begin to imagine.
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Land Where the Trees Talk – by Rahul Varma

Synopsis: Huge chunk of native land has been appropriated by the government for hydro-electric development, causing mercury poisoning. Natives, headed by their chief, blockade the road. Land Where the Trees Talk is a play about native rights in face of institutionalized dispossession.
Setting: Canada
Time Period: Any time
Cast Size: 11
Casting: A total of [...]

Counter Offence – by Rahul Varma

Synopsis: Shazia, daughter of immigrant parents form India marries Shapoor, an Iranian on a student visa.  She sponsors him for Canadian resident status.  While the process drags on, their marriage takes an ugly turn. Shapoor hits Shazia and she calls in police.  Sgt Galliard arrests Shapoor on charges of spousal abuse.
Mr. [...]

Bhopal – by Rahul Varma

Synopsis: Based on the world’s worst industrial disaster that happened at the Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, this play is a fictional account drawing attention to human attitudes that result 20,000 dead and counting.
Mr. Devraj Sarthi, an Indian businessman trained in America, returns home to introduce India to Karbide [...]

Draw the Cirle – by Deen

Synopsis: As Deen struggles to come to terms with being a transgender man, those who love him most find themselves struggling as well in this unique solo show, told entirely from the point of view of Deenā s family, friends and partner, yet performed by Deen himself.
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Mohammed & Mary – by Sujay Sood

Synopsis: MARY DIXON is an idealistic journalist from the West whose search for unbiased truth leads her to take up an assignment as an embedded war reporter. The war arena is an unspecified mountain/desert region somewhere in the East. Mary is knocked out then abducted during a sortie by a Jihadi [...]

Those Who Can’t – by Mayank Keshaviah

Synopsis: A first-year teacher is confronted with the realities of teaching in an urban public elementary school.  These realities come in the form of veteran teachers, parents and administrations who aren’t comfortable with a white woman playing savior to an at-risk population of students who are African-American and Latino.  When things [...]

Ashoka’s Wheel – by Kesav Wable

Synopsis: It is present day. Kiran Deshpande, a real estate mogul and chair of a successful charity, â Ashokaâ s Wheelâ , steps to the podium with his wife Ritu, to address the guests attending the celebration of their non-profitâ s tenth anniversary.  Kiran will come to learn that his non-profit, [...]

The Gossamer Gyre – by Sujay Sood

Synopsis: Actors rehearsing an Elizabethan play written in blank verse begin to find strange inconsistencies that begin to dissolve the line between their “real” selves and their characters. The first act is set in the environs of Shakespeare’s Richard III. A lord seeks the murderer of his son, while his mourning daughter falls for a [...]

Boundary Conditions – by Sujay Sood

Synopsis: Sheela, newly-wed and newly-arrived to a big town, overcomes her alienation and loneliness by getting hooked onto the daily lessons of the TV TUTOR. Her husband, Govind, is an engineeer who is busy with work and busy with his pals.
The TV TUTOR is somewhat magical in its interactions with Sheela, and she gets herself [...]

Blacky’s Trunk (English/French) – by Sujay Sood

Synopsis: The play is written in English and Hindi (an original version exists in English and French; English/Spanish and English/Hungarian versions also exist).

The structure of the play and the nature of physical and verbal repetition is such that a spectator how knows only one language either English or French will be able to understand [...]

Rats in the Tunnel – by Bina Sharif

Synopsis: Homeless men and women waiting for their lives to change on the eve of the new millennium in Tompkins Square Park.
Setting: A tunnel in Tompkins Square Park, NYC
Time Period: December 31st, 1999
Cast Size: 3
BOB, white American male, homeless
HENRY, white American male, homeless
MARIETTA, Latin American female immigrant, homeless
This Play is: Unpublished

Afghan Woman – by Bina Sharif

Synopsis: The experience of an Afghan village woman during the war in Afghanistan following 9/11.
Setting: War-torn Afghanistan
Time Period: 2002
Cast Size: 1
This Play is: Published
Production History:

Theater for the New City, New York, NY (2002)
Contact Theater, Manchester, England
Produced by various university theaters in the US, Canada, Belgium, and Pakistan

A Month in the Cafe – by Bina Sharif

Synopsis: No one in the cafe talks to anyone else. All customers are on computers at all times. The waitress, an unemployed actress, is lonely and wants to make friends with the customers, but no one pays attention to her. She begins her own stream of consciousness monologues about how technology has ruined human interaction. [...]