PRODUCTIONS (THEATER/FILM)

CON DOUGH: Stories of the 1-in-5 Gentrified
commissioned by Center At West Park – Feb. 26-28, 2021

WRITTEN BY: DENA IGUSTI & RAY JORDAN ACHAN
DIRECTED BY:  RAY JORDAN ACHAN
PRODUCED BY:  EXILED TONGUES AND SHORT LINE REVIEW

CON DOUGH: STORIES OF 1 in 5 GENTRIFIED is a new documentary theater piece that captures the violence gentrification has done to low income communities and communities of color across NYC. It uses a culmination of interviews from residents, students, organizers, and educators that have grown up in the NYC for over a decade as well as project leaders Dena Igusti and Ray Jordan Achan’s personal experiences as born and raised New Yorkers that have been traumatized by gentrification. The production highlights the way the constant fear of displacement affects New York identity, and what it means to call a place that neglects your livelihood “home.” By bringing community awareness around the issues of gentrification and how it is inextricably linked to racial and class politics, writers Achan and Igusti strive to give marginalized communities a voice and motivate individuals to demand accountability from their elected leaders.

CUT WOMAN
commissioned by Prelude Festival – Oct. 22-26, 2020

WRITTEN BY: DENA IGUSTI
DIRECTED BY:  RAY JORDAN ACHAN
PRODUCED BY:  EXILED TONGUES

CUT WOMAN is a choreopoem based on Dena Igusti’s poetry about an Indonesian Muslim survivor of female genital mutilation navigating the loss of her people, body, and inevitable demise. She uses her body’s ghost, the internet, and webcams to realize what stays in a world shaped by what is and will be lost.

SHARUM
commissioned by Players Theater – Jul. 11-27, 2019

WRITTEN BY: DENA IGUSTI & MURTAZA
DIRECTED BY:  RAY JORDAN ACHAN
PRODUCED BY:  ESTHERFROMNEWYORK, UNCOMMON;YOU

Sharum (stylized as SHARUM) is a documentary theatre piece that follows a Muslim family based in Queens, New York. The story follows the wedding of the oldest daughter, Mariam. Throughout the events of the wedding, all 4 of the siblings are forced to come face to face with the reality of their identities, battling the stigmas around mental health, arranged marriages, drug addiction, and queerness. In the midst of this ceremony, these secrets get exposed to each other and the community around them. SHARUM recalls true events in these scenarios that capture the responses of their parents, and the ways it permanently affects their family dynamic.