Raji Ahsan and Jessica Litwak in  My Heart is in the East

Raji Ahsan and Jessica Litwak in My Heart is in the East

My Heart is in the East by Jessica Litwak at La MaMa E.T.C

I assisted Director Jen Wineman on Jessica Litwak's production of her play. As Assistant Director on this low-budget production, I was integral to the rehearsal room and assisted with all aspects of production. The piece ran in June 2017 at La MaMa's The Downstairs.

Inspired by Ancient Cordoba, My Heart is in the East is a duet between a Jewish American woman and an Iraqi Muslim man. Bound together by circumstance, these two people from such different walks of life confront their insecurities, fears, and desires. Exploring these tensions through puppetry and poetry, the play is a humorous, passionate and poetic exploration of history as a model for peace building. More info here.

Beginnings Play Festival at Lehman College

I was one of three professional directors hired by Lehman College Performing Arts to direct two short plays written by students in the program.

"A Fairytale According to Syrus" by Jwendlen Nivens is a love story between two very passionate people who come together despite their differences.

"Next Door Neighbors" by Amalia Rojas is a conversation between two people on two different sides of a wall who find they may have more in common than they thought.

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"Fox Hunt" by Slavomir Mrozek at Pace University's Schaeberle Studio Theatre

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I directed "Fox Hunt" as my honors thesis at Pace University. It is an Aesopian allegory about hunting the last fox in the forest. It was performed with Caryl Churchill's "Far Away" at the Schaeberle Studio Theatre in April of 2014.