September 15, 2003 - 7:00 PM
on the past two years...two towers...
much blood... too many tears... too much...
theatre, film, dance & comedy with
Award Winning Playwright/Performer/Artist will grace our SALAAM stage with
two pieces - "Strong Heart" and "For Your Family". Jude Narita destroys
stereotypes as she celebrates our differences and illuminates our universal
humanity. Jude Narita, international actor/writer started writing
and performing her own works after becoming frustrated by the lack of available
roles, and with the continual portrayals in the media, of demeaning and
one-dimensional stereotypes of Asian women without dignity or understanding.
Narita is best known for her award-winning one-woman plays which celebrate
the lives of Asian and Asian American women: COMING INTO PASSION/SONG FOR
A SANSEI, Stories Waiting To Be Told, Celebrate Me Home, Walk The Mountain,
and With Darkness Behind Us, Daylight Has Come. Narita's plays have
characters who are: Japanese American, Korean American, Chinese American,
Flipino, Cambodian, or Vietnamese. Winner of "Best Actress in a Short
Film for "The Nisei Farmer"-- 2003 Method Fest
grew up in Pakistan, and moved to Canada and eventually the US for college,
where he completed a Masters Degree in Physics. He 's a published scientist,
and works in Superconductivity, but in his free time he continues to make
people laugh as "Pakistan's #1 Comic". Saad will get you thinking with
his sharp humor about racial profiling and being a Pakistani living in
an excerpt of Robert Chappell's documentary film
HEALERS: A Journey
as a pharmacologist and international public health specialist before developing
skills as a healer and as a preventive medicine physician, Dr. Bhaswati
Bhattacharya became interested in holistic and alternative medicines from
her family ancestry of Ayurvedic and Sanskrit scholars and a biomedically-trained
father. Premiered on the Discovery Channel in July 2003, Dr. Bhattacharya
is featured in this documentary.
premiere screening of
short film deals with the complexity of patriotism for immigrants in the
United States. Julie Dulani is a desi gender-kweer poet, filmmaker
and activist, passionate about speaking the truth fiercely and unapologetically.
She is a senior at Oberlin College, majoring in a self-designed (independent)
major entitled, "Art for Social Change; an Interdisciplinary Approach."
Her shorts were made during a semester program NYU's Tisch School of Arts.
Peter Bulow will
present an excerpt from STORIES FROM MY MOTHER
in 1994 in Champaign, IL. Peter Bulow's play recounts war stories told
by his parents from their own childhood as heard when he was a child, which
have then metamorphosed in the process of remembering. It is about
trauma and its ripple effects across generations, about the transformation
of experience as it is passed down. Peter Bulow was born in Orissa,
India 1969, lived in Berlin, Germany till age 8 then emigrated to U.S.
Education: B.A Queens College 1991; Medical Scholars Program, University
of Illinois; M.F.A. 1995; M.D. 1996; 1996-7 - Volunteer medical internship
in village hospital, Maharashtra, India; 1998-2002 - Psychiatric residency,
Mount Sinai Hospital, N.Y. -- Currently working as a psychiatrist.
Bulow will also showcase some of his original sculptures -
Towers (Twin Ganesh Soap Towers)
(Sculpture of a rat with human ear, based on genetic experiment in 2001)
97th Street Altarpiece (a clay relief started in 2001 - work in progress)
be presenting an original prose piece that will cull elements from various
pieces she wrote soon after 9/11/01.
Vennila nr Kain
will present Remember & Release
nr Kain will lead a short guided meditation that aims to release the remnants
of our collective shock. Transform our remembrance into a healing energy
to promote peace and well being of all beings. Vennila is an actor, poet,
dancer and yoga teacher. Vennila is a member of the acclaimed Living Theatre
and was recently featured in the Off-Broadway production of Goddess Dance.
Her other notable theatrical work include Lovebird with a Mirror and The
World of P-Cult on 42nd street. Vennila has been a featured poet in many
New York City venues such as Nuyorican Poets Café, Gathering of
the Tribes Gallery and Bowery Poets Café.
month, our monthly Community Corner welcomes friends from The
October 22nd Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, Repression & the Criminalization
of a Generation. The October 22nd Coalition is best known for
the Stolen Lives Project, which documents the names and stories of those
killed at the hands of law enforcement, and also for the National Day of
Protest to Stop Police Brutality which falls on October 22nd each year.
In the post-9/11 climate the O22 Coalition is rigorously building bridges
between those under the gun of police brutality and those communities currently
under seige--especially the South Asian, Arab and Muslim immigrant communities,
to raise the level of our collective resistance.
monthly Tunefulness musical segment
your Hostess, Geeta Citygirl.
RAFFLE SHOWCASE PRIZES:
tickets to Kayhan Irani's WE'VE COME UNDONE. Interweaving drama,
dance, music and multimedia, this poignant multidisciplinary piece explores
the impact of recent legislation on several communities in the US that
are experiencing the trauma of detention, disappearance and deportation.
for Tuesday or Wednesday September 24th or 25th at 8pm
Theatre @ Times Square 125 W 42nd Street NYC
tickets to the advanced screening of Michael Winterbottom's IN THIS WORLD
at Loews 34th Street on September 16th at 7PM. The film is about
the struggle of two Afghan refugees as they bid to escape their homeland
and find sanctuary in London. Winterbottom and writer Tony Grisoni chart
the arduous journey through Iran, Turkey, Italy, France and finally to
the UK, laying bare the perils and hostilities faced by asylum seekers
from supposed 'developed' countries. "The story is based on real stories,"
reported filmmaker Winterbottom. "One million Afghan refugees live in Peshawar.
This is the story of two of them."
tickets to Betty Shamieh's CHOCOLATE IN HEAT - Growing Up Arab in America
the 8pm performance on Thursday, September 18th at The Tank, 432 West 42nd
Street. A new production of a play by Betty Shamieh. Directed
by Sam Gold. Performed by Betty Shamieh and Piter Fattouche
play of interlocking monologues infused with music and dance about love,
sex, privilege and the problems of growing up in between two cultures.
fashion bags by designer Dean Kemp of Kemp Bags.
Q&A and reception with wine, soda and Indian appetizers to follow.
16 West 32nd Street
- 10th floor
Between Fifth Avenue
Manhattan, NYC 10001
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theatre company celebrating South Asian American artistic excellence
through creative risk-taking and experimentation that
challenges all boundaries, connects all peoples and links all the arts
in the spirit of progressive solidarity.
Geeta Citygirl, Artistic Director
SALAAM Theatre (South Asian League
of Artists in AMerica)
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