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Second Birth, A  - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Second Birth, A

Ariel Mitchell

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

3m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573702167

Born as the daughter of poor Afghani parents, Nasima's position in society is already compromised. So she has been raised as a boy since the age of five to improve the family’s social and economic standing in the community...

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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Description

Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

105 Minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play -

Somewhere in the Afghanistan. Modern day.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Physical Comedy, Play w/ Music

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences, Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

Jr High/Primary, High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups, Church / Religious Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

KCACTF: Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival New Play, David Mark Cohen (3rd Place)

Winner! 2013 Harold and Mimi Steinberg National Student Playwriting Award. Third place winner for the David Mark Cohen Award.

Born as the daughter of poor Afghani parents, Nasima's position in society is already compromised. So she has been raised as a boy since the age of five to improve the family’s social and economic standing in the community. When Nasima is forced to abandon her employment and education in order to (re)learn how to be a girl so she can marry, she must confront her past relationships and future traditions to discover who she truly is.

"I applaud Mitchell for taking on such difficult subject matter; she was able to create a specific story dealing with the religious and cultural traditions of the Middle East with themes that spoke to...a theater in Utah... [Mitchell raises] questions about gender, equal opportunities and marriage that should be asked in every culture." - Utah Theatre Bloggers

A Second Birth received its world premiere at Bringham Young University's Department of Theatre and Media Arts in September of 2012. 

Characters

CASTING

3m, 4f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Minority casting, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

CASTING NOTES

The original production at Brigham Young University was cast with an ethnicity blind cast.

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

NASIM/NASIMA (Nah-seem/Nah-seem-meh) - 17, a bright young girl who has been raised as a boy since the age of 5
YASIR (Yah-s-air) - 18, an athletic, fun loving teenage boy, Nasim's best friend
LAILA (Lie-la) - 16, Yasir's sister and Nasima's friend since childhood
AZADEH (Az-ah-day) - 15, Nasima's sister
HODA (Hoe-dah) - Nasima's Mother
ZEMAN (Zeh-mon) - Nasima's Father
MR. RAFAAT (Mr. Rah-fah-aht) - a shopkeeper and family friend

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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Media
  • A Second Birth - World Premiere

Author
Ariel Mitchell

Ariel Mitchell

Ariel Mitchell hails from a small island in the Chesapeake Bay. She earned her BA in Playwriting (Music minor) April 2013 from Brigham Young University. She has written several plays including Give Me Moonlight and A Second Birth, for which she was awarded the KCACTF Harold and Mimi Steinberg 2013 National Student Playwriting Award, third place for the 2013 David Mark Cohen Award, and the 2011 ... view full profile

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Reviews
Anne Flinders 7/2/2014 4:11 PM
A brilliantly written play of a young woman whose family depends on her being in disguise to help financially support them. When she comes of age, tradition and family values tear the disguise away, and by so doing hide the young woman she truly is. The characters are full-bodied, and the conflicts are simultaneously personal and universal. Ariel Mitchell constructs a play about the power of love and the strength of personality, and the truth to be found in and through both. Winner of the 2013 Mimi and Harold Steinberg National Student Playwriting Award and the 2013 3rd Place David Mark Cohen Award.

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