SNAPSHOTS is Convergence Theatre’s latest work-in-progress. Written by collective member Asif Majid, SNAPSHOTS is slated for a public reading and full production in 2020.
Miral and Mustafa have just gotten back from a routine trip to the mosque. But something out of the ordinary has happened, leading them each to call their best friends Nadia and Kamal. Things start to unravel as the individual snapshots of their lives come into focus, testing the limits of faith, sexuality, commitment, histories, and their basic beliefs about who they are.
A scene from SNAPSHOTS was performed at Convergence’s IgNight! Fundraiser on November 23, 2019. The artistic team included:
Elena Velasco (Artistic Director) is an assistant professor of theatre and the theatre program coordinator at Bowie State University. Ms. Velasco’s director/choreographer highlights include: A New Nation, This Is All Just Temporary, Guerrilla Theatre Works: At What Cost?, Witch, Bhavi the Avenger (Convergence); Magical Piñata, Hands on a Hardbody (Keegan Theatre); Entre la Tierra y El Cielo (GALA Hispanic); Córiolanas (Capital Fringe); Hansel and Gretel, Rough-Faced Girl, Magic Paintbrush, Tio Conejo (Synetic Theater); Bid to Save the World (Source Festival); Little Shop of Horrors, #metoo, Godspell (Bowie State University); La Perdida, (Catholic University). Choreographer: The Agitators (Mosaic Theatre Company); Midsummer Night’s Dream (Avant Bard), Hampton Years (Theatre J), 1776 (Keegan Theatre). Ms. Velasco serves as the co-director of Multiculturalism and Diversity for the American Alliance for Theatre and Education. MFA in Directing, BA in Drama, Catholic University. Upcoming March 2019: La Vida es Sueño, Synetic Theater. www.elenavelasco.net
Asif Majid (Playwright) is a scholar-artist-educator who researches, teaches, performs, and makes work at the intersection of performance and politics. Particularly, he does this in terms of decoloniality, devising, improvisation, and participatory theatre with marginalized communities. Asif is pursuing a practice-based PhD in Anthropology, Media, and Performance at The University of Manchester, earned an MA with Distinction in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University, and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a self-designed BA in Interdisciplinary Studies (Global Peace Building and Conflict Management) from UMBC. His writings have appeared in the journals Theatre Topics, Research in Drama Education, and Contemporary Theatre Review, as well as a range of books and media outlets. Performance credits include work with The Stoop (US), the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (US), Convergence Theatre (US), Royal Exchange Theatre (UK), Unity Theatre (UK), and Action Transport Theatre (UK). Asif is online at www.asifmajid.com.
Axandre Oge [pronounced: Eks – and – jri Oh – Gee] (Mustafa) Select credits: Winter’s Tale (The Wheel), Goodnight Tyler (Oberlin Theatre), A Fugue for Amorous Tornadoes (Source Theatre Festival), The Ferberizing of Coral (Source Theatre Festival), A Lesson in Physics (Arena Stage), This is All Just Temporary (Convergence Theatre), The Seagull (The Wheel), Welcome To Sis’ (Ally Theatre), Body (Capital Fringe), Tendencies (National Black Theatre Festival), Gone Fishin’ (Silver Spring One Acts).
Fabiolla da Silva (Miral) Convergence Theatre: Guerrilla Theatre Works: A New Nation, This is All Just Temporary, Folger Theatre: Love’s Labor’s Lost, Adventure Theatre: Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook!, Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp, Molotov Theatre Group: Blood, Sweat, and Fears: A Grand Guignol Cabaret, Mosaic Theatre: The Alchemists of Jerusalem (Kennedy Center PtS Festival). Film: Immoral Activity, The Dinner Party, That Engagement Thing, The Importance of Finding the Other, Autumn’s Room.
Mikail Chowdhury (Kamal) is a DC-based writer, director and filmmaker. Originally from London, his play No Surprises has been performed at Oxford House and Tara Arts theatre, he has performed as an actor at the Courtyard Theatre, Dundee Rep and Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He was also a member of the Royal Court Theatre’s Critical Mass team. He wrote/produced the indie feature film, The Party, the award-nominated short film, Oak Trees and was nominated for a producer Emmy on a lifestyle TV special.
Saloni Modi (Nadia) Saloni served as assistant stage manager when Convergence Theatre’s production of A New Nation toured in 2019. She is a trained Kathak dancer with over 12+ years of experience and has performed with SAPAN, most recently as lead actor in their production FRACTURE, directed by Elena Velasco. Other theatre credits include Taming of the Shrew (actor) and Beauty and the Beast (stage manager). When not pursuing her passion for performance, Saloni works as an IT strategist.