DRAW THE CIRCLE

Written & Performed by
MASHUQ MUSHTAQ DEEN
directed by CHAY YEW

June 1 - June 24, 2018

Tuesday - Wednesday @ 7pm
Thursday - Saturday @ 8pm
Sunday @ 2pm

Running time: 120 minutes -
w/ 15 minute intermission

Production Team

Mashuq Mushtaq Deen Playwright
Harriet Power Director
Kittson O'Neill Dramaturg
ML Geiger Lighting Designer
Matthew Nielsen Sound Designer
Lauren Tracy Production Manager
Tom Helmer Stage Manager/InterAct
Philadelphia Scenic Works Scene Shop
Vivian Chace Assistant Stage Manager

A trans male journey told entirely through the impressions of everyone around him in this virtuosic and poetic piece, originally developed in 2012 as part of InterAct's Beyond the Frame Festival. Playwright and performer Mashuq Mushtaq Deen inhabits every character -- from his bewildered American girlfriend to his traditional, Muslim family -- each trying to understand gender transition by their own terms. Funny, intimate, and deeply moving, Draw the Circle is about survival, transition, and the difficulties that sometimes surround unconditional loveq.

InterAct is honored to welcome Deen and Obie Award-winning director/playwright Chay Yew back to present this unique and touching play.

INTERCONNECTIONS supported by PNC ARTS ALIVE!

Consistent with the themes of DRAW THE CIRCLE, InterAct is partnering with The Attic Youth Center.  The Attic creates opportunities for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth to develop into healthy, independent, civic-minded adults within a safe and supportive community, and promotes the acceptance of LGBTQ youth in society. The Attic is proud to be Philadelphia's only independent LGBTQ youth center

 More information to come on speakers and events related to this partnership. 

  • PAY WHAT YOU CAN PERFORMANCE of DRAW THE CIRCLE
    Thursday, MAY 31 @ 8 pm will be dedicated to The Attic Youth Center  -- All proceeds will go to their organization
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Social Action Happy Hours - 
Attendees receive half-price tickets to that evening’s performance (as available) as well as discounts on wine and beer.  
 

Coffee Conversations
On Tuesday and Wednesday nights, feature informal discussions with the artists and complimentary coffee from Rival Bros. and treats from Insomnia Cookies.

Speaker Sundays
follow Sunday matinee performances, are curated conversations led by invited scholars, community leaders, and experts in the themes of the play.

Audience Discussions
Discussions occur after every other performance during the run (beginning November 3). These will be facilitated by local community members to foster conversation after the show, connecting the themes and events of the play to our larger community.

Captioning at INTERACT

  • Sunday, June 17 @ 2 PM - Open captioned performance
  • Friday, June 22 @ 8 pm -  Spanish captioned performance