A MOMENT WITH… Nahal Navidar

Troy Foundry Theatre will present a staged reading of Nahal Navidar‘s play, The Charlie Play, at Collar Works in Troy at 7:30pm tonight (Monday, March 26). Directed by Brenna Geffers, the play features Charlie Barnett, David Kenner, Sade Namei, John Romeo and Vanessa Thorpe. Admission is free.

Here’s a quick Q&A with the playwright:

Q: When did you know you were a playwright?

A: I wrote my first play in 2002 as an emotional response to my feelings of dislocation following the attacks on 9/11, but I did not know I was a playwright for several more years. I continued to pursue my first love, acting, but found myself frustrated and dissatisfied with the stories in which I took part. Plays that are frequently produced tend to be easily digestible for mass consumption, and I yearned for art that challenges. Over time, I came to realize that my voice and experiences (as an immigrant, woman, person of color) were not represented in theater. The moment I realized my stories were urgently needed was the moment that I knew I was a playwright.

Q: What inspires you to make art?

A: Personal experience, representation and social injustice inspire me to make art. Writing is my activism. Whether personal or witnessed, nothing compels me to create more than the experience of the unjust.

Q: What do you hope audiences will feel walking away from The Charlie Play?

A: I hope they will feel catharsis. The conflict between the heart and mind is a universal experience, and there are rare moments when the two align. If I executed the play right, I hope the audience will find comfort in a moment of darkness.

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