What a show!! That was absolutely heart wrenchingly lovely. …Wept, laughed and cringed throughout. So, so, so well done.
~ Nandita Chandra, multiple award-winning actor and model
…It’s such a strong piece of theater and an incredibly moving work. The emotions have been resonating with me ever since.
~ Sujani Reddy, educator and community media producer
Sharing the Intimate Family Drama that Surrounded His Transition, the Brilliant & Unflinching Mashuq Deen Creates a Transformational Night of Theater
Draw the Circle
Wednesday, September 17, 7:30pm | $20
Kumble Theater at LIU Brooklyn
One University Plaza
(Flatbush Ave bet DeKalb Ave & Willoughby St)
Draw the Circle is the hilarious and moving story of how a conservative Muslim family deals with a child who defies their most basic expectations of what it means to have a daughter – and one woman’s commitment to unconditional love. Told entirely from the point of view of family and friends, yet performed by Deen himself, the show compassionately brings to life the often-ignored struggle of a transgender individual’s family.
Written and performed by Mashuq Deen, directed by Chay Yew
Presented in association with Kumble Theater at LIU Brooklyn, GAPIMNY & Q-Wave
Other Festival Appearances by Mashuq Deen:
Media: Draw the Circle
Who Is Mashuq Deen?
Award-winning theater artist Mashuq Deen is the child of Indian immigrants, an activist in the Asian LGBT community, an avid bread baker, and a (stuffed) monster maker. His full-length plays include Shut Up! (winner of the James Baldwin Award and honorable mention for the Dennis Johnston Playwriting Prize); Tank & Horse; Draw the Circle; and The Shaking Earth.
Photo Credits: Slider, Seth Rozin; Body, Joseph Moran