You Are Here

You Are HereYou Are Here
by Zakiyyah Alexander

Directed by Barry Satchwell Smith*
Music by Jack Ramssey

Featuring: Alex Hurt, Dorien Makhloghi, MacKenzie Meehan*, Debargo Sanyal, Brad Schmidt, and Dana Smith Croll

You Are Here examines the American Dream as envisioned by an all American family and recent Pakistani immigrants who make their homes in a “Bridge and Tunnel” town. This broad, thought provoking comedy will cause you to question where the line between community and territory is drawn.

From the Playwright:

What do two Muslim immigrants and an average suburban family have in common? The desire to live the American Dream. A dark comedy about who we are and where we’re from.

About the Playwright:

ZAKIYYAH ALEXANDER (Playwright) is a writer and actor. She is the author of: 10 Things to do before I die (Second Stage Uptown), SICK? (Summer Play Festival), THE ETYMOLOGY OF BIRD (Hip Hop Theater Festival, Providence Black Repertory Theatre), BLURRING SHINE (Market Theater, Johannesburg), SWEET MALADIES (Rucker Theatre), something new, YOU ARE HERE, and THE FOCUS. She is currently working on a musical with Imani Uzuri (featuring the poetry of Sonia Sanchez), and the play black Picasso.  Her work has been seen and/or developed at: WET, A Contemporary Theater (ACT), Classical Theater of Harlem, The New Blackfest, Bristol Riverside Theater, Philadelphia Theater Company, The Humana Festival, Penumbra Theater, The Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Rattlestick Theater, Hartford Stage, 24/7 Theater Company, the Hip Hop Theater Festival, Vineyard Theater, the Women’s Project, Gale GAtes et. al, La Mama Theatre, Greenwich Street Theater, etc. Awards include: Helen Merrill Emerging Playwriting Award, ACT New Play Award/Lorainne Hanseberry Prize, Stellar Network Award, Theodore Ward Prize, Jackson Phelan Award, Drama League New Directors/New Works, New Professional Theatre Playwriting Award, Young Playwrights Inc.,etc. Her work is included in the current edition of New Monologues for Women by Women, featured in the book of essays, Girls who like Boys who like Boys, and Game on: The Humana Festival ’08 Anthology. A resident member of New Dramatists; past residencies and fellowships include: EST’s Youngblood, the Women’s Project Writer’s Lab, the Women’s Work Project, and the Drama League. She has received commissions from: Second Stage, The Philadelphia Theater Company and the Children’s Theater of Minneapolis.  A graduate of the Yale School of Drama (MFA in playwriting);she is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Bard College where she teaches undergraduate playwriting.  Zakiyyah is a native New Yorker and was raised in Queens and Brooklyn.