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Second Birth, A

Ariel Mitchell

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Full Length Play, Drama

3m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573702167

Born as the daughter of poor Afghani parents, Nasima's position in society is already compromised. So she has been raised as a boy since the age of five to improve the family’s social and economic standing in the community...

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Winner! 2013 Harold and Mimi Steinberg National Student Playwriting Award. Third place winner for the David Mark Cohen Award.

Born as the daughter of poor Afghani parents, Nasima's position in society is already compromised. So she has been raised as a boy since the age of five to improve the family’s social and economic standing in the community. When Nasima is forced to abandon her employment and education in order to (re)learn how to be a girl so she can marry, she must confront her past relationships and future traditions to discover who she truly is.

"I applaud Mitchell for taking on such difficult subject matter; she was able to create a specific story dealing with the religious and cultural traditions of the Middle East with themes that spoke to...a theater in Utah... [Mitchell raises] questions about gender, equal opportunities and marriage that should be asked in every culture." - Utah Theatre Bloggers
A Second Birth received its world premiere at Bringham Young University's Department of Theatre and Media Arts in September of 2012. 
Characters

CASTING

3m, 4f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Multicultural casting, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

NASIM/NASIMA (Nah-seem/Nah-seem-meh) - 17, a bright young girl who has been raised as a boy since the age of 5
YASIR (Yah-s-air) - 18, an athletic, fun loving teenage boy, Nasim's best friend
LAILA (Lie-la) - 16, Yasir's sister and Nasima's friend since childhood
AZADEH (Az-ah-day) - 15, Nasima's sister
HODA (Hoe-dah) - Nasima's Mother
ZEMAN (Zeh-mon) - Nasima's Father
MR. RAFAAT (Mr. Rah-fah-aht) - a shopkeeper and family friend
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Videos
  • A Second Birth - World Premiere

Author
Ariel Mitchell

Ariel Mitchell

Ariel Mitchell hails from a small island in the Chesapeake Bay. She began her writing career in her sophomore year of high school with "Mask Club" (book, lyrics, and some music), a musical about high school students choosing and changing their identities like masks. She earned her BA in Playwriting (Music minor) April 2013 from Brigham Young University and her MFA in Musical Theatre Writing May ... view full profile

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Anne Flinders 02/07/2014 15:11
A brilliantly written play of a young woman whose family depends on her being in disguise to help financially support them. When she comes of age, tradition and family values tear the disguise away, and by so doing hide the young woman she truly is. The characters are full-bodied, and the conflicts are simultaneously personal and universal. Ariel Mitchell constructs a play about the power of love and the strength of personality, and the truth to be found in and through both. Winner of the 2013 Mimi and Harold Steinberg National Student Playwriting Award and the 2013 3rd Place David Mark Cohen Award.

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