Racism. Hate crimes. Love. Islam. Culture. Language. Life.
Five Muslim women in a post-9/11 world serve tea and uncover what lies beneath the veil in Rohina Malik's compelling one-woman play "Unveiled." Performed by the playwright, it is a co-production of New Repertory Theatre in Watertown and Greater Boston Stage Company in Stoneham.
It will be on stage Jan. 10-28 in the Black Box Theater at the Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown, and Feb. 7-16 at Greater Boston Stage Company (formerly Stoneham Theatre), 395 Main St., Stoneham.
"I write plays because it's my way of inviting an audience into the homes of those who are often marginalized," said Malik. "The simple act of telling a story can remind us of our shared humanity. That's the power of theater. Art, in its many forms, has the power to solve world problems. That's why I believe we should do everything we can to nurture and protect the arts."
Doing this play now is essential, and presenting it as a co-production was a natural fit, say both theaters' artistic directors.
"At this moment, the voices of people like Rohina Malik and the women of 'Unveiled' need to be heard more than ever -- and they need to be heard from directly," says Greater Boston Stage Company artistic director Weylin Symes. "There is so much discussion today about the Muslim experience both here in the U.S. and around the world. But it is all too rare that we get to hear about this experience firsthand. These thoughtful, sincere, human stories let us see these women as real people. And New Rep is a natural fit as co-presenter, since they share our desire to share important stories to Boston audiences."
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On the marquee
MUNCHKINS UNITE: They're off to see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz in a touring production of the best-loved family classic "The Wizard of Oz." You can take your little munchkins on this trip down the yellow brick road at five performances at the Boston Opera House Jan. 12-14. Kalie Kaimann dons the ruby slippers as Dorothy and is joined by Chris Duir, Christopher Russell and Victor Legarreta as Scarecrow, Tinman and Lion. Tickets start at $44 and are available at Ticketmaster at 800-982-2787 or at www.BroadwayInBoston.com.
CRAZY CAT: Boston Children's Theatre is offering $10 off each ticket for its upcoming production of Dr. Seuss' 'The Cat in the Hat," playing Feb. 10-25 at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, Tremont Street in Boston's South End. The offer ends Jan. 15 and to take advantage of it, use the code "Seuss10" when purchasing tickets through the website www.bostonchildrenstheatre.org.
FAMILY DYSFUNCTION: Take Your Pick Productions presents the New England premiere of "Lost Girls" by John Pollono, playing Jan. 12-21 at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts in the South End. Set in New Hampshire, the darkly comedic drama is about the strength of women in a dysfunctional blue-collar New England family. The new company's first production of Douglas Beane's "The Little Dog Laughed" was nominated last spring for Outstanding Fringe Production by the Eliot Norton Awards Committee and hopes to continue its success with Lost Girls, its second production. Tickets are $28 general admission at https://www.bostontheaterscene.com/season/Lost-Girls.