Indian Intersex Comedy Extends in Chicago

Brahman/i: A One-Hijra Stand Up Comedy Show, a provocative exploration of cultural and gender identity, adds an extra week of performances due to popular demand.

BY Brandon Voss

April 23 2014 6:00 AM ET

Fawzia Mirza in Brahman/i

The hit Chicago premiere of Brahman/i: A One-Hijra Stand Up Comedy Show has added an additional week of performances due to popular demand.

Structured as a stand-up comedy routine, Aditi Brennan Kapil's play is a provocative exploration of cultural and gender identity from the perspective of an Indian intersex person, or hijra. The show stars Kam Kardashian's Fawzia Mirza, a queer, Muslim performer, who takes on more than a dozen characters.

Brahman/i is a co-production of About Face Theatre, which focuses on gender and sexual identity, and Silk Road Rising, which primarily tells Asian American and Middle Eastern American stories.

"The missions of our theaters dovetail seamlessly in this story, offering us a rare opportunity to work together and tell a truly unique story," says Brahman/i director and About Face artistic director Andrew Volkoff in a press statement. "Using stand up comedy to blow apart preconceptions of gender and cultural identities, Brahman/i truly highlights what it means to be an outsider, embracing who you are, and the power of unconditional love."

Originally scheduled to close April 27, Brahman/i will now run through May 4 at Pierce Hall at the Historic Chicago Temple Building.

For tickets and more information, visit aboutfacetheatre.org.

See more production photos from Brahman/i on the next page.

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