NORTHFIELD, Vt. — Norwich University’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion presents “They Call Me Q,” an award-winning one-person play staged by actor Qurrat Ann Kadwani, which aims to give voice to all the universal struggles for identity and self-understanding that are experienced by immigrants of all nationalities.
The performance, which is free and open to the public, will run at 7 p.m. Feb. 7.
Featured on Fox News, highlighted as a “Woman Who Shapes the Future” on Fox 5, Winner of Best PlayAward (Maui Fringe) and Best Actress Award (VTG Festival), Qurrat Ann Kadwani is the first South Asian female to have a solo play produced off-Broadway, which ran for seven months in 2014.
“They Call Me Q,” described as “an emotionally charged comedy,” tells the story of a girl from Bombay growing up in the Boogie Down Bronx who gracefully seeks balance between cultural pressure and acceptance into the American culture. Along the journey, Kadwani transforms into 13 characters that have shaped her life including her Indian parents, Caucasian teachers, Puerto Rican classmates, Indian and African American friends.
Kadwani is an award-winning actress, producer, master of ceremomies, TV host and philanthropist. She is the founding artistic director of eyeBLINK (www.eyeblink.org) and the head of the theater department. She is a graduate of The Bronx High School of Science and a theater graduate of the State University of New York, Geneseo with a double scholarship recipient for her directing and acting contributions.
Kadwani teaches monologue writing and performance workshops, monologue prep, audition prep and acting business plan private classes. She has hosted “Desi Jams” and “100% Desi” on Namaste America. TV appearances also include a new Netflix show, “Law and Order: SVU,” “The Blacklist,” “Mr. Robot,” “Falling Water,” ABC News’ “What Would You Do,” “As The World Turns,” and “All My Children.”
Kadwani has appeared on stage in “Blind Angels” (Theatre for the New City), “Baby Taj” (TheaterWorks Palo Alto), “Perfect Fit,” “The Women of the Mahabharata, Sankalpan” (New Group), “First Language” (New Group), “Inside Out” (Abingdon Theatre Company), “The Quaking” (Abingdon Theatre Company), “Falling Man” (NYU), “The Greeks” (Imua Theatre Company), “Beneath the Banyan Tree” (eyeBLINK).
Film credits include “Antigone 5000,” “The Tailor,” “One Night Stand,” “Last Saturday with Morli,” and “The Secret Diaries of a Terrorist.” She has appeared in print campaigns, corporate videos, commercials and hosted educational videos and a jewlery shopping show. She is a proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.
This event is sponsored by Norwich University’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, which aims to foster a safe campus climate and culture through leadership, education, advocacy, and prevention. The office partners with community partners to offer training, prevention programming, and outreach to ensure that Norwich continues to provide a safe and secure campus for all of its community members. The office also investigates all matters relating to sexual and gender based misconduct and discrimination.
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