The award-winning, nationally-renowned Ma-Yi Theater Company – one of the country’s leading producers of new works for the stage by Asian-American writers – will continue its 2014-15 season this spring with the world premiere of Soldier X by Rehana Lew Mirza, their first South Asian-American playwright! With a preview performances set to begin March 24, the show will officially open on March 31 in NYC.
Soldier X is directed by Lucie Tiberghien. Featured in the cast of Soldier X are Kaliswa Brewster, Cleo Gray, Jared McNeil, Turna Mete and Carolyn Michelle Smith. Set design is by Daniel Conway; costume design is by Beth Goldenberg; lighting design is by Peter West; and sound design is by Broken Chord.
Soldier X follows a young biracial social worker, Monica, who falls for a returning veteran, Jay, and the subsequent love triangle that ensues when he decides he is in love with his fallen buddy’s Muslim sister. The play tallies the emotional scars inflicted on our young men and women returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan. How exactly do you rejoin a society that remains as conflicted about its wars as it is with issues of race and gender?
Rehana Lew Mirza first made her mark as the Artistic Director and co-founder of Desipina and Company, an award-winning South Asian theater company that produced seven consecutive seasons of the hit production, Seven.11 Convenience Theater. Also through Desipina, they produced Mirza’s play Barriers, which took a look at the backlash towards South Asians and Muslims following 9/11. Her other plays include Lonely Leela, A Distant Relation, Particles of Pakistan and If It’s Sad I Don’t Want To See It. She is also the writer/director of “Hiding Divya,” a feature film starring Madhur Jaffrey and Pooja Kumar.
Soldier X will run March 24 through April 19: Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8:30 pm and Sundays at 4 pm. Tickets are $25 during previews; regularly $30; seniors and guaranteed student tickets are $15. For reservations log on to www.here.org or call 212 352 3101.