Desipina & Co, celebrating their 10th season, as well as to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, present Rehana Lew Mirza’s play “BARRIERS,” directed by Colette Robert. The show will run from September 7 – September 18.
Desipina & Co. is a fusion arts company focusing in film and theatre, dedicated to promoting cross-pollinations of artistic, political and cultural dialogues. The play is about a South Asian family’s loss from the 9/11 attacks and the backlash they endure, it takes place takes place four months after the 9/11 attacks. The play 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.
The all-star cast Pooja Kumar, Sunkrish Bala, Joe Petrilla, Eileen Rivera, Jon Norman Schneider and Rajeev Varma. The design team will include Katherine Akiko Day (set and costume design), Colin Whitely (sound design), and Marie Yokoyama (lighting design).
“Barriers” was originally mounted in 2002 at and then subsequently co-produced with the Asian American Theater Company in San Francisco and Los Angeles in 2003. Be sure to check out this play!