Storytelling from Quarantine Continues
Featuring music from Rona Siddiqui & a short play from Katherine McDowell
This month, get treated to two songs from 2020 Jonathan Larson Grant recipient and recent Obie Award winner (for creative team & cast of A Strange Loop) Rona Siddiqui’s Salaam Medina: Tales of a Halfghan.
Salaam Medina: Tales of a Halfghan is a zany, vaudevillian fantasia of bi-ethnic identity exploration.”Halfghan” Medina Eskandani is whisked down a rabbit hole of memories dealing with with body hair, racist cousins, airport security, and pesky head scarves as she confronts what it means to identify as a person of color (her Middle Eastern side) when she has spent her whole life trying to be white (her Italian side). Presented in a fast-paced sketch style a la The Muppet Show, scenes range from vaudeville, to family sit-com, to game show, and beyond. Developed at the Catwalk Art Residency in July 2018, Raja Feather Kelly directed a 2019 reading at Playwrights Horizons and songs have been performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Feinstein’s/54 Below.
Plus, we bring you a second quarantine-inspired short play from Katherine McDowell, Order #2377: sometimes, we need a bit more than groceries delivered. Finding the connection and moments of kindness, even when times are hard. The play will be read by Patricia Black and Sienna Aczon.
There’s more still! Linda LaBeija returns with new work!