Next Iteration Theater Company presents Intercultural Play Reading Series

Actors Karthik Chandar, James Monaghan and Deeba Ashraf
Actors Karthik Chandar, James Monaghan, and Deeba Ashraf in Ayad Akhtar's The Who and the What. Photo by Rashed Haq

Next Iteration Theater Company will present the Intercultural Play Reading Series, featuring three plays that deal with constructing and reconstructing ourselves in an ever-changing world, in the face of tragedy, change and socio-cultural conflicts.

Aishah Rahman’s award-winning play The Mojo and the Sayso opens the IPRS. Inspired by real life events in 1971, this poignant and deeply honest play reveals how one family contends with the violent death of their son. From religion to militancy to the comfort of reconstructing a vintage Cadillac, each family member struggles to find a personal path through grief and toward each other.

As the second offering in the IPRS, NITC is pleased to introduce the playwriting of Houston’s own Rhett Martinez. With tongue-in-cheek, he delivers a satirical look at the consequences of U.S. and UN military intervention in any volatile Latin-American country. Set in an abandoned, once grand hotel in an ever-changing dictatorship, the play follows a Haberdasher, a displaced Queen and a pseudo Bellhop as they try to maintain a sense of normalcy - until an American intervenes.

The IPRS closes with the Pulitzer-winning, Tony-nominated playwright Ayad Akthar. In The Who and the What, a comedic drama, he gets to the deepest questions about identity as a Pakistani father and his two American daughters grapple with an inter-generational culture clash over the power that stories wield and who controls how they are told.

Event Details


5.15.16 | 8:00 pm
5.14.16 | 4:00 pm
5.13.16 | 8:00 pm


Midtown Arts and Theatre Center Houston (MATCH)
3400 Main St.
Houston, TX 77002


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