Take a Look at Astoria Performing Arts Center’s World-Premiere Play Veil’d

Off-Broadway News   Take a Look at Astoria Performing Arts Center’s World-Premiere Play Veil’d
In Monet Hurst-Mendoza’s new play, a rare skin condition keeps a young girl sequestered away from the “normal” life her parents sought for her in America.
Sahar Bibiyan, Rajesh Bose, and Nikhaar Kishnani Michael R. Dekker

The award-winning Astoria Performing Arts Center continues its mainstage season with the world premiere of Monet Hurst-Mendoza’s Veil’d, running through November 18 at the company's intimate home, The Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Astoria, Queens.

Directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh, the play centers on Dima, a 16-year-old girl from Afghanistan who immigrates to New York with her family in search of the American dream. However, a rare skin condition keeps her sequestered in her room, far away from the normal teenage life her parents dreamed for her.

Veil’d features Sahar Bibiyan, Rajesh Bose, Christopher Reed Brown, Kayla Jackmon, and Nikhaar Kishnani.

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Veil’d was developed with support from Rising Circle Theater Collective, The Kupferberg Center for the Arts, |the claque|, WP Theater, and the Time Warner Foundation.


Hurst-Mendoza is a current member of the Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group, and is a 2016-2018 Van Lier Fellow at New Dramatists. She was a 2014-2016 WP Theater Lab Time Warner Foundation Fellow, and has held residencies with The Other Mirror, The MITTEN Lab, and SPACE on Ryder Farm. Hurst-Mendoza is a member of Rising Circle Theater Collective, where she co-facilitates INKtank/PlayRISE — a developmental writers lab and new works festival for emerging playwrights of color.

The creative team includes Claire DeLiso (set designer), Siena Zoë Allen (costume designer), Calvin Anderson (lighting designer), Christine Schisano (puppet designer), Caitlin Curran (props designer), Elliott Karliner (stage manager), and Stephanie Cowan / Michael Cassara Casting (casting).

For tickets, visit APACNY.org.

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