A Second Birth

by  Ariel Mitchell

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  3m, 4f

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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A Second Birth

by  Ariel Mitchell

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • Accolades

    Accolades

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

    Target Audience

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

Additional Info

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.

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Accolades

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

Reviews

"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

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  • A Second Birth - World Premiere
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • 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

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting:

    Somewhere in the Afghanistan. Modern day.

  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy, Play w/ Music
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

3m, 4f

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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Cast Attributes

  • Multicultural casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

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

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Authors

Ariel Mitchell

Ariel Mitchell hails from a small island in the Chesapeake Bay. She began her writing career in her sophomore year of high school with "Mask Club" (book, lyrics, and some music), a musical about high school students choosing and changing their identities like masks. She earned her BA in Playwriting (Music minor) April ...

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

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