desipina & co. presents barriers, september 7-18

To commemorate the tenth anniversary of the September 11 tragedy, and to celebrate their tenth season, Desipina & Co. -- a fusion arts company focusing in film and theatre, dedicated to promoting cross-pollinations of artistic, political and cultural dialogues -- presents Barriers, a play by Rehana Lew Mirza.

Featuring a cast that includes Pooja Kumar and Sunkrish Bala, Barriers explores a South Asian family's loss from the 9/11 attacks and the backlash they endure. The show runs September 7-18 at HERE in Manhattan. Here's some more information about the play:
Rehana Lew Mirza's play BARRIERS takes place four months after the
9/11 attacks and focuses on the Chinese/Pakistani Abbas family and the
loss of their eldest son Nabhil who had been in the World Trade Center
during the attack. When Sunima, the Abbas's only daughter, comes home
to announce her pending engagement to a white man – she finds her
joyful news lost in a mire of household problems and quickly becomes
trapped in the shared family loss that was never dealt with. As this
multi-cultural family begins to fragment, they begin to piece together
the past each one hides, and the future they all share.

Originally mounted in 2002 at HERE and then subsequently co-produced
with the Asian American Theater Company in San Francisco and Los
Angeles in 2003, BARRIERS is returning to the stage to look back on
the ten-year anniversary of the September 11th tragedy.
Performances of Barriers run Tuesdays through Saturdays at 7:00pm and Sundays at 2:00pm and 7:00pm. The two performances on Sunday, September 11 will be "pay what you can" with part of the proceeds going to support The Neil G. Shastri Foundation, an educational foundation named in honor of a September 11 victim who was of South Asian heritage. For further details about Barriers, go to the Desipina website here.

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