They call me Q! goes to the NYC Fringe Festival 2013 and needs your support.
Qurrat Ann Kadwani searches for identity in the autobiographical one-woman show They Call Me Q! This emotionally affecting tour-de-force is fueled by her remarkable ear for vocal mimicry. A coming of age tale that entertains with tremendous humor and compelling emotion.
Best Play Award Winner 2013 Maui Fringe Festival
Best Actress Award Winner 2012 VTG Festival, NYC
Duration: 60 minutes
FringeNYC Encore Series: Solo In The City
After 4 shows were SOLD OUT at fringeNYC, "They Call Me Q!" has been extended!
Fri, Sept 13 @ 7pm followed by Reception
Sat, Sept 14 @ 1pm
Baruch Performing Arts Center
Engelman Recital Hall
55 Lexington Ave (entrance on 25th St), NYC
6 Train to 28th St.
RECENT PRESS ABOUT THE PLAY
NEW! "This talented actress, through her excellent portrayal of thirteen characters guides us through her life. She changes from person to person effortlessly, with merely a scarf here and there. Her accents and body movements are flawless." - UsherNonsense.com
NEW! "This one woman play is a veritable house on fire. This show succeeds because you sense truth hovers behind every joke, anecdote, painful memory, old family recipe and her own American dream. You might find a larger cast, a longer running time, and splashier effects at the Fringe. But moment by dramatic moment, this solo turn is splendid." - CurtainUp.com
NEW! "A solo show is always tough to pull off. A solo show that traces the evolution of a multicultural identity from birth to adulthood? That’s a gargantuan task. And yet, it’s the one Qurrat Ann Kadwani has boldly set herself in the first play she has written, and it’s a testament to her poise and charisma as an actress that she pulls it off competently. A nimble, polished production." - nytheatre.com
"In some rare cases, the decision to share tales of one's past can give the audience a theatrical experience that it will remember far after the last show. They Call Me Q! is one of those shows." - Broadway World DC
"They Call Me Q!" ranks among the very best of a large and varied crowd of autobiographical solo shows." - DC Theatre Scene
"It's a true gift to be able to distill the true essentials from the vast sea of experiences, and Kadwani does it very, very well." - Washington City Paper
"One of Kadwani’s achievements is her ability to seamlessly transition from moments of intense emotionality to lighthearted humor." - Asian Fortune
“Witty, polished and inspiring…a confident, charismatic performer who delivers poignant moments as well as laughs.” – Montreal Gazette
“Highly entertaining and engaging. Kadwani’s amazing presence and delivery definitely makes her a force to be reckoned with.” – Charlebois Post
“Hers is a relatable tale for anyone who's gone through adolescence in any culture.” – Orlando Sentinel
“Qurrat Ann Kadwani is a theatrical force of nature, embodying 13 distinct characters in this emotionally affecting exercise in multi-cultural anthropology.. marvelous ear for vocal mimicry and eye for telling details.” – Orlando Weekly
"a jazzy gem, in the ranks of John Leguizamo, Spalding Gray, Camryn Manheim." -Beyondcriticism.com
Audiences say “They Call Me Q!” is “simply perfection”, “phenomenal”, “a beautiful work of art”, “hysterical,” “mesmerizing”, and so much more!
Full reviews, show schedule, videos, pics www.qkadwani.com/TheyCallMeQ
For Press and Sponsorship Contact: leslieOpr@gmail.com
About The Play
They Call Me Q! explores the life of an Indian girl 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.
In this entertaining show you will experience Q's transformation into the 13 characters that one way or another have shaped her life, this includes her parents, Caucasian teachers, Puerto Rican classmates, African-American friends and others whom have influenced her view of life.
Why The Play Needs You
They Call Me Q! recounts situations one could only experience living in an urban multicultural society, which unintentionally but gloriously:
- Raises awareness about a Bronx-lifestyle from the perspective of real-life characters showing them as they really are and not as they are often misrepresented in the media.
- Brings a message of tolerance, self-acceptance, self-love and friendship
- Touches on topics of gowing pains, bullying, family, loss, culture, Identity
Having been chosen to be part of the very selective The New York City Fringe Festival (FringeNYC) marks a very important achievement for the play this far, only 200 plays were selected out of the 850 applications.
FringeNYC is known to be a playground for serious producers turning the dream of bringing this Bronx story to Broadway closer to reality.
Where Is Your Contribution Going
We need to raise at least $7,000 which will cover the following costs associated with the festival:
- FringeNYC Registration Fee
- Production Costs
- Theater publicist
- Indiegogo + processing fees (7% of donations if we meet our goal OR 12% if we do not )
Donations & Perks
Along with our deepest and most heartfelt gratitude for helping us spread a good message and bringing the Bronx to eyes around the world we would like to say THANK YOU with the perks listed on the right.
**Donations over the goal will be used for other promotional costs and future festivals**
For touring dates go to:
Other Ways You Can Help
Whether you are able to make a financial contribution or not there are other ways you can get involved.
Help us spread the word about They Call Me Q!
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For Press and Sponsorship Contact: leslieOpr@gmail.com
Broadway World DC: July 2013: They Call Me Q is one to remember
DC Theatre Scene July 2013: They Call Me Q! ranks among the very best
Washington City Paper July 2013: Hip Shot: They Call Me Q!
Montreal Gazette June 2013: Intense finale for Montreal Fringe Festival Winds up this weekend with a slew of shows, concerts
Montreal Gazette June 2013: Fringe Festival: Kadwani recounts ‘angst of growing up different’
Montreal Gazette June 2013: Top picks for this year's Fringe - Montreal Gazette
Montreal Gazette May 2013:Theatre: Fringe by name, fringe by nature
The Charlesbois Post - Canada June 2013: Review: (Montreal) They Call Me Q (Fringe)
DC Theater Scene June 2013: They Call Me Q! an award-winning one woman play
India in NY June 2013: Indian women are not all the same, we have to tell that story
West End Times June 2013:They Call Me Q
Orlando Weekly May 2013:Fringe Review: They Call Me Q!
Orlando Sentinel May 2013:Orlando Fringe review: 'They Call Me Q'
Maui Now January 2013: Maui Fringe Festival – Performances From Maui and Beyond Interview with Qurrat Ann Kadwani
Rythms of New York January 2013: The Rhythms of New York in memory of Dave Brodsky with guest Qurrat Ann Kadwani
The Weekly Dish Radio Hawaii February 2013: Chat with wonder woman playwright/actress/philanthropist Qurrat Ann Kadwani of Maui Fringe Theater Festival 2013
Hawaii Public Radio January 2013: Misleading ladies and other misadventures
Blog Talk Radio December 2013:Interview with L.E.A.R.N For Life Consulting!
Bloody Underrated June 2013: MONTREAL FRINGE 2013: HOLY TRANITY! A DIRTY LOVE SONG TO THE GAY 80S AND THEY CALL ME Q!
Me, Myself and My Blog!!! June 2013:Roots? Who Am I?
Beyond Criticism March 2013:Culture shock: Cue kudos for Qurrat Ann Kadwani
NRI Press December 2012:QURRAT ANN KADWANI will perform award winning solo play "THEY CALL ME Q!" Jan10, 2013 in NYC
Urban Milan November 2012: They Call Me Q review