BEST ACTRESS and BEST PLAY WINNER FROM NYC QURRAT ANN KADWANI WILL PERFORM SOLO PLAY "THEY CALL ME Q!" AT CAPITAL FRINGE 2013

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June 28,Washington Bangla Radio: Proclaimed "A Theatrical Force" by the Orlando Weekly for her uncanny embodiment of 13(!) characters, award-winning actress Qurrat Ann Kadwani searches for identity in “They Call Me Q!” an autobiographical one-woman show. This emotionally affecting tour-de-force is fueled by her "remarkable ear for vocal mimicry." A coming of age, tale that the Montreal Gazette says is "witty, polished, inspiring," “They Call Me Q!” entertains with tremendous humor and compelling emotion with BeyondCriticism.com stating it is "a jazzy gem, in the ranks of John Leguizamo, Spalding Gray, Camryn Manheim."  In the course of the one hour play, Ms. Kadwani portrays characters based on her traditional Indian parents, Caucasian teachers, Puerto Rican classmates, African-American friends and various Indian women. Through the character of Q, Ms. Kadwani gives voice to all the universal struggles for identity and self-understanding that are experienced by immigrants of all nationalities.  Charlebois Post wrote, “Highly entertaining and engaging. Kadwani’s amazing presence and delivery definitely makes her a force to be reckoned with.”  

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Shows will be at Gearbox, 1021 7th St NW, 3rd Floor, Washington D.C. 20001.
Showtimes are July 18 at 10:00pm, July 20 at 1:00pm, July 21 at 7:45pm.

Tickets can be purchased at http://www.capitalfringe.org

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They Call Me Q! tells the story of Qurrat Ann Kadwani, an Indian-American woman on the quest for identity. "Growing up in the Bronx, I had experiences with many diverse people. I have written these characters based on real people who have inspired me; who stayed with me in my journey to understand who I am and who have helped me to become the person I am today,". Kadwani says. "As an ethnic female who immigrated to America with my family, I have come across many challenges in developing and understanding my identity. I wanted to address the immigrant experience, who is caught in the middle of the American and the home culture, and who tries so hard to make sure that both have a voice. I wanted to address that universal question: What happens when you don’t fit into either culture?"
 

MEDIA

Interested media that wish to schedule an interview with Playwright / Performer Qurrat Ann Kadwani please forward your requests via email qkadwani@gmail.com for consideration. Video clips, press and reviews can be found www.qkadwani.com/TheyCallMeQ
 
"JAZZY GEMS LIKE THIS ARE RARE. RANKS WITH THE MONODRAMAS OF JOHN LEGUIZAMO, SPALDING GRAY, CAMRYN MANHEIM"- Matthew Gurewitsch, BeyondCriticism.com
 
"I LOVED THE SHOW! QURRAT IS AN AWESOME, VERSATILE ACTRESS" -Sonia Lalwani, News India Times
 
"QURRAT IS SO TALENTED. WHATEVER SHE FEELS ON STAGE, YOU'LL FEEL IN THE AUDIENCE. I KNOW, I FELT IT. I AT NO TIME LOST INTEREST. I NEVER FADED. NOT FOR ONE SECOND."- Michael Geffner, Village Voice
 
TRULY "ENLIGHTENING", "PHENOMENAL", "BRILLIANT", "A BEAUTIFUL WORK OF ART"
THEY CALL ME Q! IS THAT AND SO MUCH MORE.
 
In the course of the one hour play, Kadwani portrays thirteen characters based on her traditional Indian parents, Caucasian teachers, Puerto Rican classmates, African-American friends and various Indian women. Through the character of Q she gives voice to all the universal struggles for identity and self-understanding that are experienced by immigrants of all nationalities. They Call Me Q! debuted at the 2012 Chicago Fringe Festival to critical acclaim. Upcoming performances include the NY International Fringe Festival in August 2013
 
THEY CALL ME Q!
PART OF THE CAPITAL FRINGE FESTIVAL 2013
WINNER BEST PLAY | WINNER BEST ACTRESS
WRITTEN & PERFORMED BY QURRAT ANN KADWANI
 

QURRAT ANN KADWANI

An actress, playwright, host, emcee, and philanthropist she has hosted for "Namaste America" and is the founding Artistic Director of eyeBLINK, a multicultural arts organization. She is a graduate of The Bronx High School of Science and a theater graduate of SUNY Geneseo as a double scholarship recipient for her directing and acting contributions. She has hosted Desi Jams and 100% Desi on Namaste America. She has appeared on stage, TV, film, print campaigns, industrials, and commercials and emceed events for non profit organizations and charities. She has appeared on TV, Film and Stage as well as emceed events for several non-profit organizations. She also coordinates an annual philanthropic project "A Slice of Hope". She has run the 2007 Marine Corps Marathon (26.2 miles) in Washington DC, the 2009 ING NYC Marathon (26.2 miles), 2008 Queens Half Marathon (13.1 miles), 2008 Manhattan Grand Prix Half Marathon (13.1 miles) and many more! She is a proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.
 

PRODUCTION

A one-woman play written and performed by Qurrat Ann Kadwani who appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.
Directed by: Obaid Kadwani and Claudia Gaspar
Developed with: Ellery Schaar
Sound/Costume Designer: Claudia Gaspar