Next Door at NYTW provides a home for companies and artists who are producing their own work. This initiative provides each project with subsidized resources and space for development and performance in the Fourth Street Theatre. As part of an ongoing effort to expand support for artists at every stage of their careers, this series served nearly 100 additional artists in the first year alone.
Eh Dah? Questions for my Father follows the lives of a family divided across continents and *cultures in a turbulent political landscape. Set in Egypt and America, this contemporary musical by Aya Aziz explores what it means to live in post a 9/11 world. Recipient of The Best Book and Best Individual Performance awards at New York Musical Festival 2016
Aya Aziz is a transnational writer, musician, and performance artist. She’s brought original work to the Fringe, Planet Connections Festival, the New York Neofuturists and the New York Musical Festival in addition to theaters in Beirut and Sarajevo. Her solo show Eh Dah? Questions for My Father at NYMF won awards for Most Outstanding Book and she won Most Outstanding Individual Performance. She is now completing a residency with NYMF and will debut her work as part of their 2018 How the Light Gets In series. You can follow her on Ayaazizart.com or soundcloud.com/aya-aziz-music-nyc.
Upcoming: Monsoon Wedding The Musical (Book Writer); Eh Dah? Questions for My Father (Director); Festival Chair for Tamasha: A Festival for South Asian Performing Arts (New York). Recent: Monsoon Wedding the Musical at Berkeley Rep (Original Dramaturg, Associate Director), Queen – A Reading – Ma-Yi Theater Company (Director), Appeasing Radhika – Baruch College (Director), An Evening of Indian Classics at Theater for the New City (Director), Eh Dah? Questions for My Father – winner of Best Book at NYMF (Creative Producer), How to Succeed as an Ethnically Ambiguous Actor at PCTF (Writer, Director), Romeo and Juliet at the Access Theater (Director), My First Time – DC premiere (Director), How to Succeed as an Ethnically Ambiguous Actor – Off-Broadway (Co-Writer/Creative Producer), Monsoon Wedding Concert in New York and India (Associate Director). https://arpitamukherjee.squarespace.com
Hypokrit (n.): Actor (Ancient Greek)
Here at Hypokrit Theatre Company, our mission is to encourage artistic inquiry by providing artists from minority communities a platform for their voices and work. We work towards shaping and molding the artists of tomorrow by encouraging original and groundbreaking voices that bring an innovative approach to the arts.
Founded in 2014 by Arpita Mukherjee and Shubhra Prakash, Hypokrit made waves by bringing a radically reimagined Bollywood version of Romeo and Juliet to Access Theater, earning the company a certificate of special recognition from Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney. Since then, Hypokrit has produced How to Succeed as an Ethnically Ambiguous Actor starring Zenobia Shroff from The Big Sick first at Paradise Factory and then in co-production with The Castillo Theatre and Eh Dah? Questions for my Father at NYMF. Eh Dah? was named one of the top 10 musicals at NYMF by Playbill and TIme Out, and was reviewed by the New York Times as “a celebration.”
Hypokrit strives to embody the rich cultural complexity of the world we live in through our work. Our work is culturally specific, but ultimately about the universality of the human experience. We are a company exclusively run by and wholly dedicated to minority communities. Read more about us here – www.hypokritnyc.org.