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Written by Rehana Lew Mirza
Directed by Colette Robert
Produced by Ying Le
Jon Norman Schneider*
Production Stage Manager: John Nehlich
Set and Costume Designer: Katherine Akiko Day
Sound Designer: Colin Whitely
Lighting Designer: Marie Yokoyama
Technical Director: Ben Schaffer
Fight Director: Jason Liebman
Performances at HERE, 145 6th Ave. (Enter on Dominick, 1 Block South of Spring)
Barriers takes place four months after 9/11 and deals with the Chinese/Pakistani Abbas family, and the loss of their oldest son Nabhil at the World Trade Center. The Abbas's only daughter, Sunima, comes home to announce her pending engagement to a white man. However, Sunima’s news becomes lost in a mire of household problems and she gets trapped in the family loss they never dealt with. As this multi-cultural family begins to fragment, we begin to piece together the past each one hides, and the future they all share.
Originally mounted in 2002 at HERE and then subsequently co-produced with the Asian American Theater Company in San Francisco and Los Angeles in 2003, Barriers is returning to the stage to look back on the ten-year anniversary of the World Trade Center tragedy.
This production is a part of HEREstay, HERE's curated rental program, which provides artists with subsidized space and equipment, as well as technical support.*These actors are appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association. Equity approved showcase.
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Find out more about our talented cast!
POOJA KUMAR - Role of Sunima
SUNKRISH BALA - Role of Nabhil
JOE PETRILLA* - Role of Roger
EILEEN RIVERA* - Role of Naima
JON NORMAN SCHNEIDER* - Role of Shehriar
RAJEEV VARMA - Role of Khalil
Find out more about our talented production team!
REHANA LEW MIRZA - Playwright
COLETTE ROBERT - Director
YING LE - Producer
JOHN NEHLICH - Production Stage Manager
KATHERINE AKIKIO DAY - Set and Costume Designer
MARIE YOKOYAMA - Lighting Designer
BEN SCHAFFER - Technical Director
JASON LIEBMAN - Fight Director
NILOU MOOCHHALA - Graphic Designer