One-woman play 'Afghan Woman' presented March 19

Bina SharifPakistani-American actress and playwright Bina Sharif will present her one-woman dramatic performance “Afghan Woman” at 12:40 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, in SUNY Oswego’s Waterman Theatre.

The College Hour presentation is free and part of the SUNY Oswego’s Artswego series.
Sharif “has her pen on the pulse of human emotions,” Cover Arts NY said of her writing ability. She has received multiple Jerome Foundation awards and New York State Council on the Arts grants for her plays “Fire” and “Stars of War.” Her acting talents earned a Joseph Jefferson Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in “Mas,” performed at Chicago’s Goodman Theater.

“Afghan Woman,” written by Sharif in response to post-Sept. 11 events, has toured the United States and the world, with stops including Pakistan and England.

“Having watched the tragedy of Sept. 11 from her own rooftop in Manhattan, where she has lived for more than 20 years, Ms. Sharif has an intensely personal connection with the events of that day,” said Elena Tajima Creef, professor of women’s studies at Wellesley College. “She draws on these to create one of the most compelling pieces of theater . . . performing the entire show while wearing a blue burqua—the head-to-toe garb of Afghan women.”

The India Monitor praised Sharif’s “ability to wrest humour out of suffering” and the New York Post called her piece “superbly acted.”

Sharif has appeared on television shows including “Law and Order,” “Unsolved Mysteries” and “Tales from the Dark Side,” as well as movies including “Happiness,” “Guru” and “Side Streets.”

For more information, call 312-4581 or e-mail artswego@oswego.edu.

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(Posted: Mar 05, 2008)

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