Photo Flash: Company of THEY CALL ME Q Meets the Press

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The award-winning play THEY CALL ME Q recently hosted a press conference at Pranna to announce its Off-Broadway premiere at St. Luke's Theatre in the heart of the Theatre District. Written and performed by Qurrat Ann Kadwani, THEY CALL ME Q began performances last night, with the official Opening set for Wednesday, June 4th. Scroll down for photos from the press conference!

THEY CALL ME Q is the story of an Indian girl growing up in the Boogie Down Bronx who gracefully seeks balance between the cultural pressures brought forth by her traditional parents and wanting acceptance into her new culture. Along the journey, Qurrat Ann Kadwani transforms into 13 characters that have shaped her life including her parents, Caucasian teachers, Puerto Rican classmates, and African-American friends. Laden with heart and abundant humor, THEY CALL ME Q speaks to the universal search for identity experienced by immigrants of all nationalities.

Under the direction of Obaid Kadwani and Claudia Gaspar, and developed with Ellery Schaar, THEY CALL ME Qscored the Best Actress Award for Ms. Kadwani in the production's debut at Variations Theatre Group's 2012 Harvest Theatre Festival. The emotionally charged comedy subsequently opened to rave reviews in cities all around the country and Canada including Chicago, Montreal, Washington D.C., Nashville, Orlando, and even Hawaii where THEY CALL ME Q was awarded Best Play at the 2013 Maui Fringe Festival.

Qurrat Ann Kadwani is an actress, producer, television host, and philanthropist. She has hosted "Desi Jams" and "100% Desi" on Namaste America, and her stage credits include Blind Angels (Theatre for the New City); Sankalpan, First Language (New Group); Inside Out, The Quaking (Abingdon Theatre Company); Falling Man (NYU); The Greeks (Imua Theatre Company); Baby Taj (TheaterWorks Palo Alto); Perfect Fit, The Women of the Mahabharata, Beneath the Banyan Tree (eyeBLINK). This past December, United Nations UNICEF invited her to perform. Non-profit charity organizations such as Sankara Eye Foundation, Lend-A-Hand India and Sapna NYC have also presented the play as benefit fundraisers.

THEY CALL ME Q is performed Mondays at 7 PM and Wednesdays at 8 PM at St. Luke's Theatre, 308 West 46th Street (just west of Eighth Ave.) Tickets are $39.50 - $59.50 and are available through www.Telecharge.com or by calling 212-239-6200. For more information, visit www.theycallmeQshow.com.

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Photo Flash: Company of THEY CALL ME Q Meets the Press
Directors Obaid Kadwani and CLAUDIA GASPAR, QURRAT ANN KADWANI, Producer Edmund Gaynes, and Jewelry Sponsor SHAHNAAZ ISLAM of Bracelet Bar

Photo Flash: Company of THEY CALL ME Q Meets the Press
Edmund Gaynes, QURRAT ANN KADWANI, Obaid Kadwani, SHAHNAAZ ISLAM

Photo Flash: Company of THEY CALL ME Q Meets the Press
Edmund Gaynes, QURRAT ANN KADWANI

Photo Flash: Company of THEY CALL ME Q Meets the Press
QUARRAT ANN KADWANI

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