This Monday night at Flashpoint a whirlwind performance will take place as Qurrat Ann Kadwani brings her critically acclaimed one woman show They Call Me Q back to DC for one night only. I first met Qurrat this past July at Capital Fringe when she was in the market for a tech. After her triumphant engagement here in DC, we took the show to Fringe NYC where it sold out and was asked back for the Fringe Encore series. She is currently in the middle of a college tour wowing students and professors alike with her story of growing up in the Bronx and being comfortable in ones own skin. The show is 60 minutes and within that hour Qurrat plays thirteen characters. Although I have only been working with Qurrat since July as her tech director I can honestly say that her show is a gig I always look forward to. It’s so nice to come to work and know that you are going on a ride with a performer that gives 110% every performance. Please if you can join us Monday evening at 8:00 at Flashpoint, I guarantee it will be one of the best hours you will ever spend in a theatre. Qurrat Ann Kadwani is a force of nature on that stage and They Call Me Q is a show I am totally honored to be a part of. If you take the ride with us you will feel the same way.
How did you get into performing?
How long did the development process for They Call Me Q take and can you please tell us how you chose which characters to portray?
The development process took 4 years- from outlining, to writing different drafts, editing, memorizing and working on performance. I chose characters based on people in my life, who made a strong impression on me. I incorporated characters that reflected my journey growing up in the Bronx alongside a traditional Indian family. I wanted to show the highs and lows of life and how we all have the power to find positivity.
They Call Me Q is autobiographical so can you please tell us what were your family members’ reaction the first time they saw the show?
My mother saw it in November 2012 when I first performed it in NYC. She sat in the front row and I could see her laughing and nodding her head when I boast about her cooking. She understands that its theatre and I added many character traits for drama. She is very proud of the show and tells all her friends about it. My father saw it in March 2013 and he enjoyed it as well. He emails his friends to come see it whenever it is playing near them and he realizes the way it changes people.
Besides performing They Call Me Q what other jobs do you have?
I predominantly focus on securing college performances and my dream of bringing my play to Broadway. When I’m not doing that, I’m emceeing events and I sometimes train people independently in the gym.
What do you want people to take away with them after seeing They Call Me Q?
I would like audiences to realize that life is about the quest to understand who you are. Our identity is comprised of the good and bad events in our lives, with culture, family pressures, friendship and loss, with confusion and happiness, and we need to figure out how these experiences shape us. Being happy is easier than we think!