ST. PAUL, MN – American as Curry Pie, a heartfelt and humorous one-woman show by local artist Aamera Siddiqui, is one woman’s story about immigration, assimilation, and discovering what it means to be an American. This premiere performance written and performed by Aamera Siddiqui, will open March 17, 2011 and run with Kevin Kling’s ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ play written through April 10, 2011 at Minnesota History Theater, 30 East 10th Street, St. Paul, Minn.
From the play: “My America was never about baseball and apple pie. My America was characterized by duality and confusion. My America consisted of one country that existed inside the four walls of my home and another country that existed outside those walls.”
American as Curry Pie is co-directed by Meena Natarajan and Suzy Messerole, scenic design by Nayna Ramey, lighting design by Wu Chen Khoo, sound design by Katherine Horowitz, properties design by Gunther Gullickson, and stage managed by Janet L. Hall.
Aamera Siddiqui had a nomadic childhood on three continents that has culminated in a career as a multi-disciplinary artist. She has performed with companies including Mixed Blood Theatre Company, Pillsbury House Theater and Pangea World Theater. She is the co-artistic Director of Exposed Brick Theatre with Suzy Messerole.
Together with Messerole she co-wrote and performed Draw Two Circles which was accepted in Illusion Theatre’s Fresh Ink Series and featured in The Women Playwrights International Conference in Jakarta. She and Messerole received the first-ever commission from the Special Olympics last year to write ‘It’s Our School, Too!’ for the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games.
Messerole is the Associate Artistic Director of the History Theatre, where she has directed the world premiere of Jeannie Park’s ‘100 Men’s Wife’ about the first Chinese woman to live in Minnesota. She is also directing Kevin Kling’s A Tale of Twin Cities and co-directing American as Curry Pie.
Natarajan is the Executive and Literary Director and a founding member of Pangea World Theater. As a playwright, her scripts have been professionally produced in India and the United States.
She adapted Farid Uddin Attar’s 12th century poem Conference of the Birds for Pangea World Theater’s inaugural production in 1996. She recently directed Draw Two Circles, a performance art piece created for the Naked Stages Program at Intermedia Arts.
She has received numerous artist grants and commissions, and was awarded the Twin Cities International Citizens Award in 2001 and an Excellence in the Arts Award by the Council of Asian Pacific Minnesotans.
ASL performances will be held April 8, 7:30 p.m. and April 10-11 at 2:00 p.m. AD performance will held April 9-10 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $25-$30 with student, senior, children and group discounts.
For performance schedules and information call the History Theatre Box Office at 651-292-4323 or visit www.historytheatre.com.