Ism: A Tragicomedy
Part of the 2016-17 Workshop Series
Ism: A Tragicomedy
By Anu Yadav
Directed by Paige Hernandez
February 6-7, 2017
In conjunction with Hooded: Or Being Black for Dummies
*ASL Interpreted on Tuesday, Feb. 7
A series of dramatic and comedic sketches about identity, racism, sexism, economic crisis, body hair, and other light topics. Featuring perspectives of some women of the global majority (also known as women of 'color'). Warning: this show may cause discomfort and nausea to those with undiagnosed white male entitlement (among other chronic conditions). It also does not represent the views of all brown women who ever lived.
Meet the Artists
Anu Yadav (playwright) is a critically acclaimed actress, writer and theater-based educator dedicated to telling the stories of people pushed to the margins of public discourse. As a solo performer, Anu shapeshifts into characters from everyday life with both humor and drama. Her devised theater work sparks a powerful forum for people to reflect and listen to each other’s stories across social and economic divides.
As an actress, Yadav has performed with the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Imagination Stage, Theatre Alliance, and African Continuum Theatre, as well as at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Strathmore Mansion and the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts in Beijing.
As a teaching artist she worked with Young Playwrights’ Theatre, Capital Fringe Festival Youth Producers, Sasha Bruce Youth Works, Imagination Stage as well as facilitated workshops at various colleges, universities and high schools on themes ranging from identity, diversity, autobiographical-based performance and improvisation.
She co-founded the storytelling project Classlines, wrote and performed her solo play ‘Capers which toured nationally and recently debuted her newest play Meena’s Dream at Forum Theatre to sold-out houses. She was featured in the documentaries Walk with Me and Chocolate City. She was a 2014 Western Arts Alliance 'Launchpad' Artist, DC Artist Fellow, Mercersburg Academy Fowle Scholar-in-Residence and Arts Midwest Spotlight Showcase Artist. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and holds an M.F.A. in Performance from the University of Maryland at College Park. She is currently touring Meena's Dream, working on a play commission with Imagination stage, and partnering with the Institute for Policy Studies as a Catalyst Grant recipient.
Paige Hernandez (director) is a multidisciplinary artist who is critically acclaimed as a performer, director, choreographer and playwright. As an AEA equity actress, Paige has performed on many stages throughout the country. As a playwright, Paige has been commissioned by the National New Play Network, the Smithsonian’s Discovery Theatre, The Kennedy Center and the Glimmerglass Festival. She recently received an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council as well as two Helen Hayes nominations for choreography and performance. Paige has also been named a “classroom hero” by The Huffington Post, a “Citizen Artist Fellow” with the Kennedy Center and a “Rising Leader of Color” by TCG. With her company B-FLY ENTERTAINMENT, Paige continues to develop and tour original work internationally. www.paigehernandez.com
Meet the Cast