A Second Birth
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...
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.
- Winner! 2013 Harold and Mimi Steinberg National Student Playwriting Award. Third place winner for the David Mark Cohen Award.
"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
KeywordsAdolescence, Betrayal, Childhood, Current Events, Feminism, Love, Marriage, Parenting/Family, Politics, Religion
- Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
- Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
- Duration: 105 Minutes
Somewhere in the Afghanistan. Modern day.
- Additional Features: Physical Comedy, Play w/ Music
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
- Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
- Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
- 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
- Multicultural casting
- Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
The original production at Brigham Young University was cast with an ethnicity blind cast.
A Second Birth received its world premiere at Bringham Young University's Department of Theatre and Media Arts in September of 2012.