13 characters. 1 actress. 1 hour.
Award-winning actress Qurrat Ann Kadwani will perform her solo play at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, in Harris Concert Hall.
They Call Me Q is the story of a girl from Bombay growing up in the Boogie Down Bronx who gracefully seeks balance between the cultural pressures brought forth by her traditional parents and wanting acceptance into her new culture. Along the journey, Qurrat Ann Kadwani (Q) transforms into 13 characters that have shaped her life, including her parents, Caucasian teachers, Puerto Rican classmates, and African-American friends. Laden with heart and abundant humor, They Call Me Q speaks to the universal search for identity experienced by immigrants of all nationalities.
Qurrat Ann Kadwani is an award-winning actress, producer, MC, TV Host and philanthropist. She is the first South Asian female to have a solo play, They Call Me Q, produced Off Broadway, for which she has won awards including Best Actress, Best Play, NYS Assemblyman, Bronx Borough President, Trailblazer from SAIPAF, Cultural from AAPICC, and Dream from SAPNA.
In addition to her ongoing college tour, she has a webseries featuring characters from the play. She is the founding Artistic Director of eyeBLINK and the head of the theatre department. She is a graduate of The Bronx High School of Science and a theater graduate of SUNY Geneseo with a double scholarship recipient for her directing and acting contributions. Ms. Kadwani teaches private classes in Solo Play Creation, Monologue Writing and Performance, Monologue Prep, Audition Prep and Acting Business Plan. She has hosted Desi Jams and 100% Desi on Namaste America. TV appearances also include Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Luke Cake, The Blacklist, Mr. Robot, Falling Water, ABC News What Would You Do, As The World Turns, and All My Children. Stage work extends to Blind Angels (Theatre for the New City), Baby Taj (TheaterWorks Palo Alto), Perfect Fit, The Women of the Mahabharata, Sankalpan (New Group), First Language (New Group), Inside Out (Abingdon Theatre Company), The Quaking (Abingdon Theatre Company), Falling Man (NYU), The Greeks (Imua Thea tre Company), Beneath the Banyan Tree (eyeBLINK). Film credits include Antigone 5000, The Tailor, One Night Stand, Last Saturday with Morli, and Jabeen. She has done web series work on Brown Nation and The Secret Diaries of a Terrorist. She has appeared in print campaigns, industrials, corporate videos, and commercials.
Kadwani coordinates an annual philanthropic project “A Slice of Hope” as well as an annual Echoes Of Love: Suicide Prevention Fundraiser with music.
She has been the master of ceremonies of events for non-profit organizations such as World Womens Global Council at the United Nations, Sapna NYC, Your Dil, Lend A Hand India, LRBT- Free Eye Care Trust, Asha for Education, Chhaya Community Development Corporation, and SOS Children’s Villages India.
She has also been the MC for The Set NYC: New Year’s Eve Fashion Gala, NzK Designer’s Studio Store Launch, Broadway Comedy Club, Bronx Fashion Week, Kollaboration New York Music Showcase, Runway Princess The Super Model Pageant, Party at Gatsby by Trendz Entertainment, weddings, and educational videos.
She is a proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.