Coming this Monday, March 1st, to The Lower East Side Biography Project - Stemming The Tide of Cultural Amnesia BINA SHARIF! Here's an excerpt from Bina's 28-minute biography. You can watch the entire 28-minute program in Manhattan at 11pm EST, on Cable TV in Manhattan FIOS 33, RCN 82, Time Warner 34 & 1995, and live stream everywhere. https://www.mnn.org/watch/channels/community-channel
Bina Sharif is an award winning Pakistani American playwright/actress/director/performer and a visual artist. She has over 25 plays produced in USA, Pakistan and Europe. She is a Joseph Jefferson award nominee actress from Chicago’s Goodman Theater.
Her highly acclaimed post Sept 11 play, Afghan Woman opened in NYC In 2002 and was performed in UK, Pakistan, Hawaii, Belgium, and in many universities such as Princeton, Wellesly College, UPENN, Ohio State University, Denver Colorado, Champagne Ill, Toronto, Temple University, Montclair University, Sacramento CA and prestigious Islamabad Club Pakistan. Afghan Woman is not yet translated into Arabic but an excerpt of it was published in a book called, Shattering the Stereotypes in the USA.
Her full length play called, My Ancestor’s House was published in an anthology, Contemporary American Plays by Women of Color by Ruttledge Press and is being taught in many universities in America and abroad. The follow up of, My Ancestor’s House, a play called, Another Journey Home/Eight Dialogues in a Mirror Cracked was produced in 2010 in NYC and Pakistan.
Her Play, Sleeping with Horses was comissioned and produced by Mabou Mines and eventually was invited to a theater festival, Desh Pardesh Theater Festival in Toronto. Her play, Kill, a response to the first Persian Gulf War was produced in 1991 and the her second play about the Iraq War was produced in 2006. It was titled, Republic of Iqra.
Her most poetic and a personal favorite play about the British Raj as a feverish love story between an English man and an Indian woman called, One Thousand Hours of Love was produced in 1992 and was brought back in 1993 for a second run at Theatre for the New City in New York where many of her plays have been produced.
Ms. Sharif holds an MD degree from Pakistan and a masters in Public Health from John Hopkins USA.
She is the founder and publisher of a theatre and film blog, Arts International. She also is the Artistic Director of a theatre company called Lower Levels of Society, which started as a salon in her own Manhattan apartment.