Pan Asian Repertory presents this drama set in a Pakistani prison in the '80s, with four female inmates representing different injustices. More…
'Acquittal' was inspired by the playwright's own experience as a political prisoner. Shahid Nadeem is now the artistic director of Ashoka Theatre in Lahore, Pakistan, and is a celebrated playwright in his homeland.
"A trenchant and powerful work...What happens to each of the women by the play’s conclusion is poignant and realistically drawn. The theme of the power of education to deliver freedom to uphold the preciousness of human rights is masterfully elucidated...The ensemble is beautifully shepherded by the director. They turn in outstanding performances. This is a riveting, uplifting production that is not to be missed." Full Review
“One of those gems where there are no costume or set changes but the audience stays entranced with the story and acting…Everyone was riveted throughout the 70-minute performance. And rightly so…Mia as Jamila is frightening in her passion...and her description of her crime is hard to take. That's how good she is…The entire production comes together very well to render this important play about life in a part of the world that is not studied much in Western nations.” Full Review
“A brief but potent play…Nadeem’s gift for character development is quite adept…Director Noelle Ghoussani has assembled a fine cast and has been careful not to let them become too maudlin…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.” Full Review
See it if If you are from the SubContinent, it will resonate. If you are interested in Pakistan political history, womens rights, expanding the mind
Don't see it if you dislike short plays that require you to focus. Are uninterested in small human dramas. Are looking for sweep, action, romance, catharsis
See it if you want to feel, howsoever briefly, the pain of Pakistani women fighting for rights we take for granted.
Don't see it if the thought of women inmates describing torture is off-putting.
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