Photos: Go Inside Theatre for a New Audience's Public Obscenities Celebration | Playbill

Photos Photos: Go Inside Theatre for a New Audience's Public Obscenities Celebration

The NYC return of Shayok Misha Chowdhury's bilingual play continues through February 18.

Shayok Misha Chowdhury and Tashnuva Anan Rebecca Greenfield

The New York City return of Shayok Misha Chowdhury's bilingual play Public Obscenities began performances at Brooklyn's Polonsky Shakespeare Center January 17. The limited run, which is presented by Theatre for a New Audience, will continue through February 18. See the company, creatives, and guests celebrate the production in the photos below. 

Public Obscenities is written and directed by Chowdhury, and is performed in Bangla and English. The work had its world premiere at Soho Rep in spring 2023.

Photos: Theatre for a New Audience Celebrates Public Obscenities

Returning to the cast from the world premiere are Tashnuva Anan as Shou, Debashis Roy Chowdhury as Pishe, Abrar Haque as Choton, Golam Sarwar Harun as Jitesh, Gargi Mukherjee as Pishimoni, NaFis as Sebanti, and Jakeem Dante Powell as Raheem. Rounding out the company are understudies Shreyo Banerjee, Rajib Bhattacharya, Jonathan Nathaniel Dingle-El, Komolika, and Mita Paul. Casting is by Stephanie Yankwitt.

The play follows Ph.D. student Choton, who visits family in Kolkata on a research trip with his Black American boyfriend Raheem. Choton loves translating between Bangla and English, interviewing queer locals, and showing Raheem his world, but Raheem begins to notice things Choton can't.

READ: Shayok Misha Chowdhury Took His Life in India and Turned It Into Public Obscenities

Public Obscenities features scenic design by Peiyi Wong, costume design by Enver Chakartash, lighting design by Barbara Samuels, video/projection design by Johnny Moreno, sound design by Tei Blow, and prop design by Patricia Marjorie. Tenley Pitonzo is production stage manager, and Tommy Kurzman is the hair and makeup stylist. Teniece Divya Johnson is the original intimacy director, with Shaquan M. Pearson as intimacy consultant. Sarah Lunnie serves as dramaturg, with Sukanya Chakrabarti as cultural dramaturg. The work is presented by Theatre for a New Audience, and produced by Soho Rep and NAATCO National Partnership Project.

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