For years Zaya has balanced his relationships with his religion and his queer identity. But as secrets from the past reveal themselves, and crisis strikes his family, he is torn between loyalties, culture, and time. Written by Bilal Baig, and directed by Brendan Healy, Acha Bacha boldly explores the intersections between queerness, gender identity and Islamic culture in the Pakistani diaspora. It is a show about the way we love, the way we are loved, and how sometimes love is not enough.
Co-Produced by Theatre Passe Muraille and Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.
Written by: Bilal Baig
Directed by: Brendan Healy
Featuring: Shelly Antony, Qasim Khan, Omar Alex Khan, Matt Nethersole,
and Ellora Patnaik
Set and Costume Design: Joanna Yu
Lighting Design: C.J Astronomo
Sound Design and Music: Richard Feren
Dramaturge: Andy McKim
Stage Management: Kat Chin
Script Coordination: Tijiki Morris
Assistant Direction: Erum Khan
Set & Costume Design Assistant: Ann Maisurdze
Apprentice Stage Management: Christine Luksts
Acha Bacha is being produced in partnership with Buddies in Bad Times as part of a new initiative between our two companies to share resources and introduce our audiences to the work being done on other stages in Toronto. This show is paired with Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools, a new play by Evalyn Parry and Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory mapping the connections between the Canadian North and South, which will premiere on Buddies stage in October 2017.
Co-produced with Buddies in Bad Times
Guest: Rahim Thawer is a registered social worker, consultant, post-secondary instructor, and mental health counselor. He has worked at multiple HIV/AIDS service organizations and continues to work in direct practice settings with newcomer, racialized, and LGBTQ communities. Rahim is an active community organizer with Salaam: Queer Muslim Community and is the co-founder of Ismaili Queers: Advocates for Pluralism.
Egg Rolls with Andy pre-show chat: Wednesday February 7, 2018 at 6:45pm (show time 7:30pm)
Relaxed Performance: Saturday February 10, 2018 at 2pm
Post show Q&A: Sunday February 11, 2018 following the 2pm performance
Audio Described Performance: Saturday February 17, 2018 at 2pm