PHOTO CALL: Rehana Lew Mirza's Barriers, Commemorating 9/11 Attacks, Plays Off-Broadway

By Matthew Blank
and Krissie Fullerton
16 Sep 2011

To commemorate the tenth anniversary of the September 11th tragedy, Desipina & Co. (a fusion arts company focusing in film and theatre) presents Barriers, a play by Rehana Lew Mirza about a South Asian family’s loss from the 9/11 attacks and the backlash they endured in the following months.



According to press notes, "Rehana Lew Mirza’s play Barriers takes place four months after the 9/11 attacks and focuses on the Chinese/Pakistani Abbas family and the loss of their eldest son Nabhil who had been in the World Trade Center during the attack. When Sunima, the Abbas's only daughter, comes home to announce her pending engagement to a white man — she finds her joyful news lost in a mire of household problems and quickly becomes trapped in the shared family loss that was never dealt with. As this multi-cultural family begins to fragment, they begin to piece together the past each one hides, and the future they all share."

Here's a look at the production:



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Pooja Kumar
Photo by Imaginoor Photography



The cast of Barriers includes Pooja Kumar, Sunkrish Bala, Joe Petrilla, Eileen Rivera, Jon Norman Schneider and Rajeev Varma.

Performances continue through Sept. 18.

For tickets, priced $18, visit www.here.org/shows/detail/704/