FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MULTI AWARD-WINNING ACTRESS FROM NYC
QURRAT ANN KADWANI WILL PERFORM SOLO PLAY
“INTRUSION” AT KANSAS CITY FRINGE FESTIVAL 2018
Best Performer Winner Qurrat Ann Kadwani will perform her one woman play, “INTRUSION” as part of the Kansas City Fringe Festival 2018 Scholarship Recipient for strong voices at Squeezebox Theater, 1519 Oak St, Kansas City, MO 64108. Showtimes are Friday, July 20 at 9pm, Saturday, July 21 at 10:30pm, Sunday, July 22 at 6pm, Wednesday, July 25 at 5pm and Saturday, July 28 at 3pm. Tickets can be purchased at https://kc-fringe. ticketleap.com/intrusion/
Matthew Gurewitsch of BeyondCriticism.com says, “Exhaustively researched, artfully assembled, and acted to perfection.”
Alexis Dascoulias, Executive Director, Maui OnStage says, “Q delivers a tour-de-force performance that makes you think, ponder, consider and reflect. She grabs your heart.”
Angel Rodriguez of NYCTalking.com says, “One of the most amazing, committed, convincing, captivating performers I have ever seen.”
Audiences have said “INTRUSION” is “one of the most powerful pieces of live theater”, “brilliantly written and powerfully performed”, “imperative theater”, “impactful and passionate.”
In the course of the one hour play, Ms. Kadwani portray s eight characters evaluating the flaws in a future society where rape is supposedly eradicated, helping to raise awareness about sexual violence and combat systemic oppression.
Power dynamics, sexual violence statistics, Title IX history, self-defense moves, the complexity of sexual violence against women along with politics, media, the legal system, psychology, education, male and female sexual assault, LGBTQ inclusivity come together to unravel the intricacy of rape culture.
“In 2012, I became obsessed with the fatal gang rape of Jyoti Singh in New Delhi. I started researching why rape happens and realized that this is a global problem steeped in gender inequality and misogyny, perpetuated by the justice system, politics, media, education and virtually every aspect of societal constructs,” Ms. Kadwani says. “I set out to create a show that addresses the systemic problem of rape culture from an intellectual standpoint – to illuminate that we are all the victims and the perpetuators. I set out to answer the question – could we eradicate rape?”
Ms. Kadwani won the Best Performer award for her one woman show, “INTRUSION”, at Maui Fringe Festival 2018 which was held at Maui OnStage in Hawaii. Ms. Kadwani has also performed at Susquehanna University, PA, Dickinson University, ND, Winston-Salem State University, NC, Blackhawk Technical College, WI and University of Texas- El Paso for Take Back the Night.
Qurrat Ann Kadwani is an actress, producer, emcee, TV Host and philanthropist living in NYC. She is the first South Asian female to have a solo play, THEY CALL ME Q, produced Off Broadway in 2014 for which she has won awards including Best Actress, Best Play, NYS Assemblyman, Bronx Borough President, Trailblazer from SAIPAF, Cultural from AAPICC, Dream from SAPNA. Featured on Fox News and highlighted as a “Woman Who Shapes the Future” on Fox 5 NY, she has performed 200 times in 35 states, including at the United Nations and college campuses all over the US. She is the founding Artistic Director of eyeBLINK (twww.eyeblink.org) and the head of the Theatre department. She is a graduate of The Bronx High School of Science and a theater graduate of SUNY Geneseo with a double scholarship for her directing and acting contributions. She has appeared on numerous TV, stage, film, print campaigns, corporate videos, commercials and emceed events for non-profit organizations and charities. Ms. Kadwani coordinates an annual philanthropic project “A Slice of Hope” (www.asliceofhope.org) as well as an annual Echoes Of Love: Suicide Prevention Fundraiser with music. Recently, she produced and starred in the short film The Fifth of November, a psychological thriller about gun culture.
“INTRUSION” Production Notes:
A one-woman play written and performed by Qurrat Ann Kadwani
Directed by Constance Hester