The Broadway Blog -
-Pan Asian Repertory has not only given theatergoers an evening of provocative and engaging theater but it has also piqued a curiosity for learning more about this troubling time in history, caused us to reflect on our current age of world injustices and reminded us that citizens can (and will) force change over inequitable power.
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-"This is a riveting, uplifting production that is not to be missed."
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ACQUITTAL focuses on
four women in a Pakistan prison in the 80’s and how each represents a different injustice with illuminating revelations. The play was inspired by Shahid’s own imprisonment as young man. He is now the Artistic Director of Ajoka Theatre in Pakistan.
From Shahid Nadeem “ACQUITTAL was written in 1987, while I was living in exile in London. It has a specific reference to the early 1980s, when General Zia-ul-Haq had implemented blatant discriminatory ‘Islamic’ laws (called Hudood Ordinances), which proved to be detrimental to the interests of women and minority groups. These laws were used to punish women and caused gross miscarriages of justice. Zia’s anti-women ‘Islamization’ policies galvanized the women’s movement in Pakistan.”
Aizzah Fatima as Zahida
Gulshan Mia as Jamila
Shetal Shah as Jannat Bibi
Stage Managers: Luis E. Santiago, Sabrina Morabito