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ACQUITTAL

   

ACQUITTAL
by Shahid Nadeem
English translation by Tahira Naqvi
Directed by Noelle Ghoussaini

Studio Theatre at Theatre Row
June 9-25, 2017

ACQUITTAL focuses on four women in a Pakistan prison in the 80’s and how each represents a different injustice with illuminating revelations. The play was inspired by Shahid’s own imprisonment as young man. He is now the Artistic Director of Ashoka Theatre in Pakistan.


From Shahid NadeemACQUITTAL was written in 1987, while I was living in exile in London. It has a specific reference to the early 1980s, when General Zia-ul-Haq had implemented blatant discriminatory ‘Islamic’ laws (called Hudood Ordinances), which proved to be detrimental to the interests of women and minority groups. These laws were used to punish women and caused gross miscarriages of justice. Zia’s anti-women ‘Islamization’ policies galvanized the women’s movement in Pakistan.”

 

Aizzah Fatima as Zahida Zaman
   

Gulshan Mia as Jamila
 
   

Salma Shaw as Marium
 
   

Zenobia Shroff as Jannat Bibi