I am a playwright/actor/academic dedicated to exploring stories of the marginalized and unheard. Through ideas of identity, I want to dissect what someone is willing to sacrifice to preserve or transform themselves to secure their way of life or to fit into a dominant culture.
My characters are diverse covering the Ethnic Other and the Cultural Majority through stories ranging from the Armenian Genocide and Indian Hijra communities to hoarders in Boston and even Lucifer himself. I am dedicated to expanding the landscape and canon of contemporary theatre through stories that are new, risky, and that bring new truths by re-familiarizing the familiar through the unfamiliar.
I want to examine how truth and untruth, reality and falsehood, reason and unreason battle it out in the game of life. I am especially focused on exploring Middle Eastern identities in native and Western countries as they are affected by diasporas, revolutions, and everyday contemporary life.
As an academic I am interested in the intersection of pop culture/cultural studies and R/race, especially as it pertains to Middle Eastern/Muslim (ME/M) narratives. By examining the media's Theatre of Terrorism, I want to explore how one-story narratives are created and must be subverted and re-interpreted to present a multiple-story tapestry of the ME/M identity and presence in the West and 'over there'.