World premiere of a Good day to Me not to you at the Connelly Theatre Now extended through December 16th!
My play A Good Day to Me Not to You at the Connelly Theater in NYC, has been extended through December 16th! Produced by Waterwell and presented through special arrangement with Plate Spinner Productions. Get your tickets HERE.
Stepping down from Noor Theatre
After 13 years, I'm leaving my role as Artistic Director of Noor Theatre. It's been a profound experience being a part of the MENA/SWANA community as a leader and artist, and I'm thrilled to pass the torch to the next generation of theatremakers. Read my full statement here.
A Good day to me not to you at Williamstown Theatre Festival 2023
Taking my play A Good Day to Me Not to You to the Williamstown Theatre Festival with Waterwell and Plate Spinner Productions was a delight! Stay tuned for more news...
Latest Audiobook Given AudioFile Magazine's Earphones Award
This brilliant, swashbuckling tale by the talented Shannon Chakraborty about a middle aged lady pirate was a blast to narrate. Thrilled it was given AudioFile's "Earphones Award," given to "truly exceptional titles that excel in narrative voice and style." Read about it here.
Narrators Lameece Issaq and Amin El Gamal deliver this exciting fantasy audiobook full of pirates and monsters. The legendary Amina al-Sirafi settles peacefully into retirement, content to raise her daughter and put her storied career of piracy behind her. But a wealthy woman's kidnapped granddaughter and the reward promised for her safe return call Amina back for one last adventure. Issaq voices Amina with sardonic wit and confidence. As she occasionally speaks to her scribe, Jamal, who is recording her biography, sound effects like rustling maps, knocking on doors, and a moving microphone immerse listeners in her tales. Jamal, voiced by El Gamal, connects Amina's narrative with the legendary artifacts and people she meets along the way, providing a variety of unique voices for the latter.
- AudioFile Magazine
Featured in Shoutout LA
Amazing to be featured in ShoutOut LA! I talk about wandering the streets of NYC, writing your own work, and alot about food. Alot. Read the feature here.
Abe, featured at Sundance, now playing on Amazon
The feature I co-wrote with Jake Kader, Abe, starring Stranger Things star Noah Schnapp, and featured at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, is now playing on Amazon. Created and directed by Fernando Grostein Andrade.
“Abe,” is one of those family films you don’t need a family to enjoy. It’s about families, though, their blessings and curses, and at a time when coronavirus and quarantine have forced relatives to live apart from each other, the movie serves as a reminder of how much sustenance can be found in getting everyone together.
- Boston Globe
Grostein Andrade directs with energy and enthusiasm, especially when it comes to communicating the online dimension of Abe’s social life (all his friends are virtual, though negative comments can still feel intensely personal). Among “Abe’s” strengths is that the film never talks down to its child characters or the audience.
Andrade serves up an enticing dramedy that wholeheartedly celebrates the potential for multicultural cuisine to unite people from distinctly different traditions, even in the face of determined opposition.
- Hollywood Reporter