MONROE, Mich. – Monroe County Community College’s Student Government and Humanities 151 students are bringing a free performance of the solo, off-Broadway play “They Call Me Q” to MCCC’s La-Z-Boy Center on Tuesday, Oct. 2.
The play begins at 7 p.m. and is open to the public. No tickets are required.
“They Call Me Q” is the story of a girl from Bombay growing up in the Bronx who gracefully seeks balance between cultural pressure and acceptance into the American culture.
It stars Qurrat Ann Kadwani, the first South Asian female to have a solo play produced off Broadway. “They Call Me Q” ran for 7 months off Broadway in 2014 and has been performed over 200 times in 35 states.
Throughout the autobiographical, one-woman show, Kadwani transforms into 13 characters that have shaped her life, including her Indian parents, Caucasian teachers, Puerto Rican classmates, and Indian and African-American friends.
“They Call Me Q” gives voice to all the universal struggles for identity and self-understanding that are experienced by immigrants of all nationalities.
According to Broadway World DC, Kadwani has “an undeniable talent for accents and gives the audience a theatrical experience that it will remember far after the show.” The coming of age tale is laden with heart and abundant humor that the Montreal Gazette called “witty, polished, inspiring.”
Since the play began its run, Kadwani has been featured on Fox News, highlighted as a “Woman Who Shapes the Future” on Fox 5 NY and won awards such as the Best Play Award from Maui Fringe, Best Actress Award at the VTG Festival, New York State Assemblyman Award, Bronx Borough President Award, and the Trailblazer Award at the South Asian International Performing Arts Festival.
According to The Village Voice, Kadwani “delivers a winning tale.” The New York Theatre Guide wrote that “They Call Me Q” is “filled with charm, humor and heart” and “is comedic without seeming over the top and thought provoking without being preachy.”
Broadway World wrote: “In some rare cases, the decision to share tales of one’s past can give the audience a theatrical experience that it will remember far after the last show. ‘They Call Me Q’ is one of those shows.”
A trailer video for the play is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=7&v=_ehXTYHR4IQ
About Monroe County Community College
Founded in 1964, Monroe County Community College is a public, two-year institution supported by tax monies from Monroe County, educational funds from the State of Michigan and student tuition.
The college’s mission is to enrich and transform lives by providing opportunities and excellence in higher education. The Main Campus is located at 1555 South Raisinville Road, Monroe, Mich., 48161, with easy access to Toledo and Detroit. The Whitman Center is located in Temperance, Mich., 48182, near the Ohio-Michigan Border. Detailed information about MCCC is available at www.monroeccc.edu.