The one-woman show performed by Qurrat Ann Kadwani is intense and eye-opening — and riveting.
Twenty years in the future, rape has been eradicated — or so everyone thought. One night, the story’s narrator sees a woman enter the hospital across the street. She is compelled to follow her and discovers that this woman has come to the ER because she has been raped. Kadwani’s narrator relates the event in a rapid-fire delivery that emphasizes the urgency of the topic.
Over the next 50 minutes, Kadwani takes on eight characters — narrator, reporter, prosecutor, day trader, psychologist, politician, school kid, and professor. Each has a unique viewpoint of rape culture and some expose alarming facts or attitudes that drive home how vital education and awareness of the topic are and how it reaches into societal aspects no one thinks about it affecting.
The show also touches on how women are still seen as “less than” — the word “rape” could apply to many actions that are set against women, even in an idyllic world that is supposedly rape-free.
Kadwani creates distinct characters, showcasing her quick-change versatility. The heavy subject matter is counterweighted by its top-notch presentation and fascinating content. This is another IndyFringe show that should not be missed.
Produced by QK Company Inc.
To make this show even more interesting, it is playing Off Broadway!
- Sunday, Aug. 19, 3 p.m.; Wednesday, Aug. 22, 9 p.m.; Thursday, Aug. 23, 6 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 24, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Aug. 26, 7:30 p.m.
- Firefighters Union Hall