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The Colonialism Project

The Colonialism Project

By Mike Lew and Rehana Lew Mirza

Directed by Nicole A. Watson

The Colonialism Project is a time-spanning trilogy about colonialism and its present-day aftermath, written in tandem by married playwrights Mike Lew and Rehana Lew Mirza. Through three interconnected full-length plays, this work seeks to trace the scars of colonialism across nations and centuries.

In this ambitious Studio Retreat process, Mike and Rehana will share all three plays-in-progress throughout the course of two public readings at The Lark. The first reading will feature the full text of Plays One and Two (British Raj, Just the Fun Parts and Indentured Song). The second reading will feature the full text of Plays Two and Three (Indentured Song and Child of Colonialism).


Monday, September 24 at 7pm

BRITISH RAJ, JUST THE FUN PARTS by Mike Lew; and INDENTURED SONG by Mike Lew & Rehana Lew Mirza

In British Raj, Just the Fun Parts, five Desis cover 350 years of Indian history in under two hours. There will be chai after. (No there won’t, but there will be wine).

Indentured Song takes place as Trinidad is upended by centuries of British slave and indentured labor finally ending. In the midst of this change, two Indian brothers struggle to figure out what to make of their inheritance, and where they belong.

Tuesday, September 25th at 3pm

INDENTURED SONG by Mike Lew & Rehana Lew Mirza; and CHILD OF COLONIALISM by Rehana Lew Mirza

See above for Indentured Song synopsis.

Child of Colonialism is set in present-day Michigan, where an interracial couple are expecting their first child. But when a distant aunt from Trinidad arrives to help with the delivery, centuries of entrenched colonial attitudes slam against American pluralism.

Estimated total running time for each reading is three hours. Please note these plays are in process, and run time is subject to change.

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