Author: Nishka Jain


No rehearsals. A different guest actor at every performance. A sealed envelope. And
some surprises. In his latest work, Nassim explores the power of language to unite us in
these uncertain times.

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Chasing The New White Whale

CHASING THE NEW WHITE WHALE, addresses the problem of opioid addiction in fishing and working communities. In addition to the play, Gorman, who is the newly appointed Playwright in Residence at La MaMa, has developed an evolving series of environmental installations, readings, presentations and performances dedicated to unravelling the complex issue of addiction.

This innovative and deeply personal approach to tackling addiction was inspired by Gorman’s brother—a commercial fisherman in Boston and New Bedford, Mass.—who died of a heroin overdose.

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The Chinese Lady

“The Chinese Lady”, is inspired by the true story of America’s first female Chinese immigrant. It is a tale of dark poetic whimsy, a piercing portrait of America as seen through the eyes of a young Chinese woman; Afong Moy reflects on life in 1834 and beyond, as she is brought to the United States from China and put on display for the American public as “The Chinese Lady.”

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Days of Rage

Against the backdrop of an endless, unwinnable war raging halfway across the world, and a polarizing president recklessly stoking the flames of racist backlash at home – a generation of young people rises up to demand change from a corrupt political establishment. It is October, 1969 and unbeknownst to the rest of the world, three 20-something radicals are busy planning the impending revolution from a quiet college town in Upstate New York. But when two strangers appear, disrupting the group’s delicate balance, new dangers and old wounds threaten to tear the collective apart. Days of Rage is a timely new play about means and ends, ideals and extremes, and the perils of changing the world.

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India Pale Ale

In a small Wisconsin town, a tight-knit Punjabi community gathers to celebrate the wedding of a
traditional family’s only son, just as their strong-willed daughter announces her plans to move away
and open a bar. As they come together for feasts filled with singing and dancing, one generation’s
cherished customs clash with another’s modern-day aspirations, and ghosts and pirates from the
family’s past linger in everyone’s thoughts – until one sudden event changes everything. This poignant
and smartly funny new play about legacy, life and longing comes from the fresh voice of Jaclyn
Backhaus, who again teams up with her Men on Boats director, Will Davis.

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