Nov 12-17, 2013
The Hansberry Project, in a joint venture with eSe Teatro, SIS Productions, and Pratidhwani, will host "REPRESENT!: A Multicultural Playwrights' Festival" Nov 12-17. The festival will feature staged readings of four new full-length plays, an evening dedicated specifically to showcasing the work of six very talented local writers and a new play sampler featuring 20 minute snippets of all four plays.
The Tiger Among Us by Lauren Yee
Contains strong language. Recommended for ages 12+
By award-winning playwright Lauren Yee, this play explores the cultural disconnect felt by an isolated Hmong American family living in rural Minnesota as two siblings seek to blend traditional Hmong family values with modern life.November in Minnesota: to bored high schooler Lia, it's just another fricking cold month. But for Lia's troubled father, November means the start of the hunting season and a chance to capture what has eluded him his entire life. For her entrepreneurial brother Pao, each day offers the opportunity to scratch out a new way of living in this rural landscape. But soon, Lia finds herself caught between her responsibilities and her dreams. And just outside their door, something is about to break.
The Many Faces of Nia by Lenelle Moise
When Jewish housewife Beth discovers that her son David is dating a black woman, her fears and prejudices grow into a series of outlandish apparitions. When the real Nia comes to dinner, invasive neighbors and family revelations muddle Beth’s attempt to be a good hostess. Set in Brooklyn in the early 1990s, The Many Faces of Nia combines snappy dialogue with magical realism for a laugh-out-loud tragedy about fantasy, stereotypes, sexuality, love and the tensions between Black and Jewish people.
Everything but the Paper by Sonal Champsee
Ketan and Rupal are separated and no one is more determined to re-unite them than Ketan's aunt Kusum, even if she has to marriage counsel them herself. Her daughter Supriya doesn't think Kusum's forty-two years of marriage makes her an expert, and wants her to leave Ketan and Rupal alone. But with two divorces and trouble in her relationship with Pavel, how much does Supriya know about relationships? As the home marriage counseling continues, Kusum and Supriya have to unravel who should be together, who should be apart, and what does marriage and divorce mean to this contemporary Indian family.
No Number Home by Tencha Avila
No Number Home depicts a real incident that happened in a small colonia east of Las Animas during World War II when one of the community's young men went AWOL and military police invaded the secluded settlement looking for him. Through rich dialogue in Spanish and English, traditional Mexican music, and lyrical writing, the play explores questions of citizenship, identity, and the values of community and cultural legacy.