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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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

Muslim Glitter – by Bina Sharif

Synopsis: A Christian performance artist befriends a Muslim maid and converts to Islam before 9/11. Afterwards she gets a hard time in public, at airports, her office, and everyday life.
Setting: A performance art club in Manhattan, an office, an airport, and Paris, France
Time Period: 2003-2004
Cast Size: 1
This Play is: Unpublished
Production History:

Theater for the New City, [...]

Sleeping with Horses – by Bina Sharif

Synopsis: Part 2 of One Thousand Hours of Love, in which Kamla writes letters to her possibly imaginary English lover, James.
Setting: A small cottage in Kerala, on a rainy day.
Cast Size: 1
KAMLA: A South Asian woman
This Play is: Unpublished
Production History:

Commissioned by Mabou Mines in New York, produced for their summer residency program with the playwright [...]

Potty Talk – by Shyamala Moorty

Synopsis: An ABCD (American Born Confused Desi) teenager arrives in India for the first time and is shocked at the lack of toilet paper.  Her bouyant personality ironically co-exists with an elderly cleaning woman who, while sweeping up after the teenager, serves up a poignant commentary about the caste system and the waste of the [...]

Carrie’s Web – by Shyamala Moorty

Synopsis: Spiders have often been a source of humansâ  deepest nightmares.  However, in Carrie’s Web they may actually save the day!  A young South Asian woman struggles to untangle herself from cultural and familial webs.  She looks for empowerment to stop cycle of violence only to find help from an extremely unlikely source.  A [...]

RISE – by Shyamala Moorty

Synopsis: A love-sick heroine wields a plunger as her only weapon against riots, religious fundamentalism, and the breakdown of the toilet.  A series of characters “rise”  out of her clogged toilet to regurgitate their stories of religious fundamentalism, war, and toilet paper shortages.  RISE merges humorous and dramatic characterizations with contemporary Indian dance, and a [...]

When Saris Speak (The Mother) – Part I of Migritude, An Epic Journey in Four Movements – by Shailja Patel

Synopsis: 90-minute spoken-word theatre show
Written, produced, and performed by Shailja Patel
Directed by Kim Cook, Choreography by Parijat Desai  www.parijatdesai.org
90-minute spoken-word theatre show. Uses artist’s trousseau of saris, passed down by her mother, to unfold hidden histories of women’s lives in the bootprint of Empire, from India to East Africa. Text consists of 14 sections, divided [...]

Finding Ways to Prove You’re NOT an Al-Qaeda Terrorist When You’re Brown (and other stories of the gIndian) – by Snehal Desai

Synopsis: One man’s quest to get out of the closet and through airport security without compromising his individuality or his man-purse.

Setting: USA and India and various airports
Time Period: Present

Cast Size: 1
Casting: Akash Chitrabannermukherjitraji-Indian male, 25.
This Play Is: unpublished

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Unveiled – by Rohina Malik

Synopsis: Racism.  Hate crimes. Love. Islam. Culture. Language. Life.
Five Muslim women in a post-9/11 world serve tea and uncover what lies beneath the veil in this compelling one-woman show. (Can also be performed with multiple actors).
Setting: United States and London, England
Time Period: Post 9/11
Cast Size: One woman Show or Multiple actors.
Character Breakdown For Unveiled
Part One [...]