EH DAH? QUESTIONS FOR MY FATHER

ABOUT

Book, Music & Lyrics by Aya Aziz
Directed by Arpita Mukherjee
Presented by Hypokrit Theatre Company

March 28, 2019—April 14, 2019

RUNTIME
Approximately 105 minutes, with no intermission.

Good Neighbor Program Directions Accessibility Calendar
Read Synopsis

Eh Dah? Questions for my Father follows a family divided across continents and turbulent political landscapes as they search for home and belonging. Spanning generations in Egypt and America, this eclectic new musical by Aya Aziz explores how to discern truth from the stories we are told in a post 9/11 world. Recipient of the Best Book and Outstanding Individual Performance Awards at the 2016 New York Musical Festival. Featuring Olivia Abiassi, Waseem Alzer, Ali Andre Ali, Aya Aziz, Jenna Bosco Book/Lyrics/Music Aya Aziz Director Arpita Mukherjee Executive Producer Rachel Sussman General Managers Benjamin Simpson and Joseph Longthorne Associate Producer Li Kennedy Music Director/Music Supervisor Noriko Sunamoto Scenic Designer Mikiko Suzuki MacAdams Associate Set Designer Joo Hyun Kim Lighting Designer Marie Yokoyama Costume Designer Dina El-Aziz Sound Designer Brendan Aanes Orchestrations by Brian Cavanagh Strong Music Consultant Ali Merghoub Assistant Director Lauren Modiano Production Manager Kyle Rosenberg Production Stage Manager Emma Frances Philipar Assistant Stage Manager Samantha Stambuk Associate Artistic Director (Hypokrit Theatre Company) Molly Houlahan Artistic Associate (Hypokrit Theatre Company) Hannah Lang Producing Intern (Hypokrit Theatre Company) Joyce Lee This show is recommended for ages 10+. Please leave plenty of time to get to the theatre, as the show will start promptly. Latecomers may have their tickets revoked without a refund. $25 tickets are available the day-of at the box office.


NEWS

  • OLIVIA ABIASSI is an actor, singer, and writer based in NYC. Her most recent work has been Delicacy of a Puffin Heart (Corkscrew Theater Festival), The Lost and The Guided (Maine Museum of Art), The Tempest (Columbia University), Fountain: The Musical (Musical Theatre Factory), Gandhi: The Musical (B Street Theatre). She has worked at The Williamstown Theatre Festival and is a BFA Alum of The University of Oklahoma. Oliviaabiassi.com

  • WASEEM ALZER is ‏مبسوط to be making his New York debut with this wonderful team. Palestinian-American, North Carolina native, hysterical laugher, and chooser of kindness. Favorite credits include: We Live in Cairo (NYTW), Up and Away (PCLO). Proud ECU School of Theatre and Dance grad (all the love to MT’ 17). IG/Twitter: @WaseemAlzer. www.waseemalzer.com

  • ALI ANDRE ALI is an actor and musician based in New York. He is a resident actor at The Flea Theater and some of his credits include American Dreams (Cleveland Public Theatre), Cereals (The Flea), Are We at War Yet? (The Lark), Tear a Root from the Earth (New Ohio) and the 48 Hour Forum (Noor Theatre). TV: “Ramy.” As a musician he writes and performs with his music duo fajjr+ali. Their first three singles are available on all major streaming platforms and their debut EP eleven90 will be released later this year. BFA: NYU. www.aliandreali.com | @aliandreali

  • AYA AZIZ is a writer, actor, and musician based in New York. She has brought original work to the New York Musical Festival, the Fringe, the Neofuturists, and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater’s New Songs Now, in addition to theaters in Beirut and Sarajevo. You can follow her and her music at ayaaziz.com or @ayaazizart.

  • JENNA BOSCO is the creator, writer, and producer of New Heights Web Series, which was an official selection at NYCWebFest, Black Women Film Festival, New Media Film Festival, and Brooklyn WebFest. You can find new episodes at Facebook.com/NewHeightsWebseries. Jenna is an NYU Tisch graduate, a diversity scholarship recipient at UCB, and a former member of The Flea Theater’s fearless acting company, “The Bats.” In her spare time, Jenna enjoys being a plant mom to 40 house plants and making traveling films. This one’s for my Dad Gamal, and all of my aunties in Egypt. @IAmJennaBe / JennaBosco.com

BRENDAN AANES / Sound Designer

Recent credits include Fire in Dreamland at The Public Theater (sound design and original music), Balls with One Year Lease (Drama Desk Nomination), Catch as Catch Can with Page 73, Wild Abandon at Irish Rep, {my lingerie play} at Rattlestick, Beep Boop at HERE, Zurich with Colt Coeur, and Cowboy Bob at Ars Nova and NYS&F. Regional: Seascape, Heisenberg, The Unfortunates, John, The Hard Problem and Chester Bailey at American Conservatory Theater, Curious Incident at Kansas City Rep (sound design and original music), The War of The Roses, The Glass Menagerie and Othello at California Shakespeare Theater, and The Music Man at Sharon Playhouse.

Aya Aziz / Book, Lyrics, Composer

AYA AZIZ is a writer, actor, and musician based in New York. She has brought original work to the New York Musical Festival, the Fringe, the Neofuturists, and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater’s New Songs Now, in addition to theaters in Beirut and Sarajevo. You can follow her and her music at ayaaziz.com or @ayaazizart.

Dina El-Aziz / Costume Designer

Regional Theater: We’ve Come To Believe, The Corpse Washer, and How To Defend Yourself, for the Actor’s Theater Louisville (Humana Festival); Heartland at the Geva Theater; Off-Broadway: The Russian and The Jew at The Tank; Dead Are My People at NYTW’s Next Door Theater; Daybreak at the Beckett Theatre for the Pan Asian Repertory Theater; Freedom Riders at The Acorn Theater (NYMF). Other Theater: Pay No Attention To The Girl for Target Margin Theater; Alternating Currents for The Working Theater; Blood Wedding, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, for The Atlantic Theater Company Stage 2; Unity 1918, Wayward at The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute; Evensong at the Astoria Performing Arts Center.

MOLLY HOULAHAN / Dramaturg

MOLLY HOULAHAN is the current Associate Artistic Director of Congressional Award-Winning Hypokrit Theatre Company in New York City. Select directing credits include R+J (Hypokrit/Access Theatre), How To Succeed as an Ethnically Ambiguous Actor starring Zenobia Shroff from “The Big Sick” (Hypokrit/Castillo Theatre), Scorched (The Araca Project), and Still Life (NYC International Fringe Festival). Houlahan has assisted Anne Kauffman, Kate Whoriskey, Rebecca Taichman, Les Waters, Dan Sullivan, Tony Taccone, and Mary Zimmerman among others at institutions such as The Public, Playwrights Horizons, Econres! at NYCC, Berkeley Rep, the Town Hall, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Arena Stage. She has worked in the producing department at The Public, the artistic department at Steppenwolf, and as the assistant to the Artistic Director at Berkeley Rep. 2017 Playwrights Horizons Directing Fellow, 2015-2016 Bret C. Harte Directing Fellow at Berkeley Rep, and winner of the Louis Sudler Prize upon graduating Yale University.

Li Kennedy / Associate Producer

LI KENNEDY is a Scottish NYC-based producer. Recent producing projects include Spaceman (The Wild Project), The Making of King Kong (Target Margin), Angela Sclafani’s Songbook Live (ANTFest), Beloved/Departed (Linked Dance Theatre), Fuck Marry Kill (The New Ohio), KareHouse (Joe’s Pub), Sad Indie Love Song (Fridge Festival), Revel’s End: A Tempest Dance Party (Studio 501), and The Dudley’s! (HERE). As Line Producer at Hypokrit, Li has produced Tamasha Nights (Players Theatre), and the Tamasha reading series. Li is a Creative Producing Fellow at Musical Theatre Factory producing the Joe’s Pub concert series, is a graduate of the Commercial Theater Institute, and currently works in the Artistic Programming department at the New Victory.

Joo Hyun Kim / Associate Set Designer

Mikiko MacAdams / Scenic Designer

Her work has been seen at Arena Stage, Guthrie Theater, Berkeley Rep, Old Globe, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Long Wharf Theatre, Seattle Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Yale Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Cornerstone Theater Company, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, among others. Her off-Broadway credits include Working Theater, Epic Theatre Ensemble, INTAR, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and NAATCO. Other credit includes, US national tour of Dirty Dancing, Nissay Opera, Nikikai Opera, Kanagawa Kenmin Hall, Aichi Triennale, Universal Studio Japan, and more. As an associate scenic designer, recent Broadway credits include My Fair Lady, Fiddler on the Roof and The King and I.

Ali Merghoub / Music Consultant

Lauren Modiano / Assistant Director

LAUREN MODIANO is a Brooklyn-based director and maker of theater and television. She is currently the Directing Fellow at Hypokrit Theatre Company. Recently, Lauren assistant-directed Inner Voices: Scaffolding (Premieres), served as the script supervisor for Live From Lincoln Center: Stars In Concert Series (PBS) and Great Performances (PBS), and directed the workshop of Tenn, a new musical about the life of Tennessee Williams, for the ASCAP musical theater workshop. Lauren is a recent graduate of Yale University, where she double-majored in American Studies and Theater Studies.

Arpita Mukherjee / Director

ARPITA MUKHERJEE is a New York-based director who works on new plays and musicals. She is the Artistic Director of the Congressional Award-winning Hypokrit Theatre Company and the Festival Chair of Tamasha for South Asian artists.

Recent: Monsoon Wedding (Berkeley Rep); Elements of Change (co-production with UNICEF, Rattlestick, and Greenpoint Innovations); Romeo and Juliet (Access Theater); and My First Time ( D.C. premiere). She has developed work at the Public Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, Ma-Yi and Baruch College. Upcoming: Emily Mann’s Still Life reading (WP Theater); House of Joy with Sam Woodhouse (San Diego Rep); Untitled Climate Project (Mabou Mines); Anon(ymous) by Naomi Iizuka at Iowa State University, where she will be the 2019 Artist-in-Residence. Arpita is a 2018-2020  Women’s Project Lab Fellow, a 2018 Eugene O’ Neill National Directing Fellow, a 2019 Mabou Mines Resident Artist, a member of the 2018 Lincoln Center Directors Lab and recipient of the 2018 Jonathan Alper Directing Fellowship.

Brian Cavanagh Strong / Orchestrations

NORIKO SUNAMOTO / Music Supervisor

Composer/Orchestrator: OMOTENASHI Journey (performed at Carnegie Hall and Central Park), The Journey of the True Color (Tokyo Rainbow Pride 2018). International Conductor: Broadway Composer Jason Howland’s Ikiru (World Premiere). Music Direction/Conductor National tour: R&H’s Cinderella. Off-Broadway: The Jackie Mason Musical. Off-Off-Broadway: The Island of Yaki Yim Bamboo. NY Fringe: Single Room Occupancy. Regional: Mamma Mia!. International Broadway Pianist/Keyboardist: Mamma Mia!, The Phantom of the Opera, Wicked. International Tour: Fame, Pacific Overtures. U.S. Regional: A Chorus Line, Rent, West Side Story, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Legally Blonde. Other: Tokyo Disney, Takarazuka Revue, NYU Tisch Dance. Website: norikosunamoto.com

RACHEL SUSSMAN / Executive Producer

RACHEL SUSSMAN is an NYC-based creative producer and co-founder of The MITTEN Lab, an emerging theatre artist residency program in her native state of Michigan. From 2016-2018, she served as the Producing Artistic Director for the New York Musical Festival (NYMF), where she first encountered Eh Dah?. As an independent producer, she is represented on Broadway this spring with Heidi Schreck’s What the Constitution Means to Me. Recent: the Obie Award-winning The Woodsman (New World Stages/59E59). In development: a new musical about the American women’s suffrage movement by Shaina Taub. A former Women’s Project Lab Time Warner Foundation Fellow, Rachel is a graduate of the Commercial Theater Institute and a University Honors Scholar alumna of NYU Tisch. She is the recipient of the 2019 Geraldine Stutz T. Fellowship in Creative Producing, founded by Hal Prince in conjunction with Columbia University.  www.rachel-sussman.com

MARIE YOKOYAMA / Lighting Designer

Off-Broadway: Daybreak, Film Chinois, Three Trees. Other NYC credits: Wilder Gone, Pillowtalk, Orpheus in the Underworld, Bum Philips, Maria Celeste, Barriers. Regional: Almost Maine, on Golden Pond, Ragtime, Passion Play, A Man of No Importance, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, (Redhouse), Hound of Baskerville (Gulfshore Playhouse), Faust (Curtis Institute of Music) Compulsion (Yale Rep). MFA: Yale School of Drama.

SL THEATRICALS / General Manager

SL THEATRICALS is a boutique theatrical firm founded by partners Benjamin Simpson and Joseph Longthorne. As General Managers -  Thicker Than Water (Joe’s Pub @ The Public Theater), OSCAR at The Crown (3 Dollar Bill), Blank! The Musical  (The Green Room 42), Stu For Silverton, The Apple Boys (Ars Nova); HERE ARTS: Heartless Bastard, and Billy And The Killers; NYMF: Mother Jones and The Children’s Crusade, The Calico Buffalo, Icon, Numbers  Nerds, The Goree All-Girl String Band, Play Like A Winner, Generation Me, What’s Your Wish?, If Sand Were Stone, and Sonata 1962. As Co-Producers – OFF-BROADWAY: Be More Chill, BROADWAY: Be More Chill,  Waitress,  Oh Hello; On Broadway,  The Glass Menagerie,  A Doll’s House Part 2,  Hello Dolly  (2017 Tony Award), Meteor Shower, and The Band’s Visit (2018 Tony Award).  In Development:  Generation Me.

Hypokrit Theatre Company /

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.