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Past Performances

Freedom Daze

By Aamera Siddiqui
Directed by Suzy Messerole

 

In 1974, two young girls meet at a dinner party in Zambia. One girl would be sentenced to a life in solitary confinement, the other would become an artist diving into her story.  In a world of they hate freedom, if you see something, say something and The Terror Alert is…where can one find the truth?

 

American as Curry Pie

By Aamera Siddiqui
Directed by Suzy Messerole & Meena Natarajan

 

For Aamera Siddiqui, growing up as an immigrant in the United States was a balancing act between her Indian heritage and her American surroundings. Curried peas and hot dogs, Catholic school uniforms and colorful saris, Urdu and English all blended and bounced off one another to shape Aamera’s identity. Told with honesty and humor, writer/performer Aamera Siddiqui’s American as Curry Pie is one woman’s story about immigration, assimilation, and discovering what it means to be an American.

Draw Two Circles

By Aamera Siddiqui and Suzy Messerole
Directed by Meena Natarajan

Draw Two Circles tells the parallel journeys of two extremely different women growing up in very religious households, both of whom suffer consequences for living outside the limits established by their religions. They are white, South Asian, lesbian, straight, Catholic and Muslim and they’re each trying to live and love in multiple circles. Yet they spend most of their time somewhere in between—in a chasm created when identity, faith, family and societal expectations collide.

Venus Nefanda

By Suzy Messerole
Performed by Suzy Messerole and Aamera Siddiqui
Directed by Randy Reyes

In Edinburgh, Scotland, two women are accused of “committing a species of venus nefanda” (sex with another woman) and their boarding school for girls is shut down. The main accuser is a young girl born in India to an Indian mother and Scottish father. Taken directly from the court records and trial proceedings, Venus Nefanda explores the intersections of racism and homophobia in the court case that became the inspiration for Lillian Hellman’s “The Children’s Hour.”

Shipside

By Stacey Parshall.
Directed by Suzy Messerole.

 When a teenage mother’s daily struggle to survive is pushed to the limit,she begins to sense the presence of a woman who once lived in her apartment – and the possibility of a paradise that it within her reach.  Inspired by a Twin Cities tragedy, Shipside explores the intersections of poverty, motherhood and mental illness.

The Body Project

Created by Jenny Dodgson, Ellen Fenster, Suzy Messerole, Peter Jensen, Eliza Rasheed, Aamera Siddiqui and Allison Snow.   
Directed by Meena Natarajan..

The Body Project is a performative investigation that delves into health, medicine, war, spirituality and the impact of cultural and societal expectations on how individuals experience their bodies.