I miss you all so much! Since we last touched base (Feb), I gave myself a challenge. "Kayhan, no news updates until you have creative work that you can share with others."
I'm so happy I obeyed my own command (not easy) especially since it means taking my creative practice seriously, spending time excavating childhood memories (really not easy), and performing on stage after many years helping others tell their stories.
I'm even performing an excerpt on July 25th, in NYC!
My new one-woman show, There is a Portal, asks, can the story of an Iranian-Indian immigrant offer a space for healing in today’s America?
It is a very personal project and will be the first time I share my own story, and the story of my people, with audiences. Memories from the Iranian revolution, my struggle to assimilate into my adopted home of Queens, NY, and family tales of migration weave together as I embody characters from my community and invite the audience to tell their own stories.
(Remember the Sikh auntie? She's back!)
In between writing grants, residency applications, begging for coins, and doing arts and community engagement projects I'm also bringing this work to life with brilliant collaborators Rania Khalil and Gazelle Samizay.
Despite a culture of extreme fear and polarization, hatred is being met with rising desires for humanity and a shared commitment to justice. New possibilities are emerging for theater to be a space for authentic and deep engagement -- where we can have necessary conversations about our democracy. We are in a unique moment and I am ready to meet this moment, offering the cultural tools I’ve honed over the last 15 years, my story, and my deep love for my fellow Americans!
Let me know if you have ideas, thoughts, or want to back this project in any way, I'm all ears!