"Adventurous theater in Astoria"

-- The New York Times

APAC's VEIL'D -- World Premiere Production

World Premiere


By Monet Hurst-Mendoza

Directed By Pirronne Yousefzadeh

 November 2-18, 2017

Thursdays, Fridays/Saturdays at 8pm

Saturdays at 2pm


Not every fairy tale has sunshine. This world-premiere play follows Dima, a 16-year old girl with a rare skin condition. Cloistered away in her bedroom, her parents worry that she’ll never have the “normal” American teenage experience they sought for her when they came to New York from Afghanistan. Little do they know that Dima’s getting by with some help from her secret friends — Elliot, a poet who hangs out under her window hawking rhymes, and Speedo, a talking nurse shark who saves the day in more ways than one. But will Dima get her happy ending? Rapunzel never had it this bad … or this good.


Production History

Veil’d has been developed with support from Rising Circle Theater Collective’s INKtank Lab for Emerging Playwrights of Color (2011) and PlayRISE Festival of New Works (2011) and its Refinery workshop program, in association with The Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College (2012). Additional development took place in |the claque|’s QuaDs Workshop Series (2011) and WP Theater’s inaugural Pipeline Festival for the 2014-2016 WP Lab, supported by the Time Warner Foundation.

About the Playwright

downloadMonet Hurst-Mendoza is an NYC-based playwright from Los Angeles, CA. Her plays have been developed by Rising Circle Theater Collective, |the claque|, Looking Glass Theatre (NYC), Amios, The Oneness Project, The Other Mirror, Magic Time @ Judson, The Kupferberg Center for the Arts, #serials@The Flea, WP Theater, Playwright’s Playground at Classical Theatre of Harlem, and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. She is a current member of the 2017 Emerging Writers Group at The Public Theater and is a 2016-2018 Van Lier Fellow at New Dramatists. Monet was a 2014-2016 WP Theater Lab Time Warner Foundation Fellow and has held residencies with The Other Mirror, The MITTEN Lab, and SPACE on Ryder Farm. She has been a finalist for Playwrights Week at The Lark (2011), Old Vic New Voices US/UK Exchange (2011), Many Voices Fellowship at The Playwright’s Center (2013 & 2015), and the Leah Ryan FEWW Prize (Honorable Mention, 2017), and has received nominations for the Smith Prize for Political Theatre (2017) and Cherry Lane Mentor Project (2016). Most recently, Monet worked as J.T. Rogers’ assistant on the Tony-award winning Broadway production of Oslo at Lincoln Center Theater. She is a proud member of Rising Circle Theater Collective, where she co-facilitates INKtank/PlayRISE — a developmental writers lab and new works festival for emerging playwrights of color. B.A.: Marymount Manhattan College.

About the Director

Pirronne Yousefzadeh has directed and developed new work at The Public/Joe’s Pub, New York Theatre Workshop, Atlantic Theater Company, Ars Nova, Soho Rep, New Georges, Partial Comfort Productions, Noor Theatre, Ma-Yi Theater Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, La Jolla Playhouse, Huntington Theatre Company, Cleveland Playhouse, Geva Theatre Center, InterAct Theatre Company, and Hangar Theatre, among others. She is a Usual Suspect at NYTW, New Georges Affiliated Artist, member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, recipient of SDC’s Denham Fellowship and Williamstown’s Sagal Fellowship, and an alumna of the Emerging Artist Fellowship at NYTW, Drama League Directors Project, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab. MFA, Columbia University. Member, SDC.



Isra Ali will provide context around the significance of the veil in Afghan Muslim culture — and why some women choose wear it and others don’t.

Isra Ali is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU. She received a PhD in Media Studies from the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, with a certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies. She has an M.A. in Media Studies from the New School University in New York City and a B.A. in English Literature and Communications from the University of Kansas. She is a feminist media scholar, who is particularly concerned with the ways that feminism is mobilized in the public discourse on the war on terror, and how this impacts the project of enacting transnational/cross-cultural feminist alliances with women in the “Muslim world.”

On Nov. 18, a post-matinee talkback on the making of APAC’s Veil’d will be held with moderator Dev Bondarin, APAC Artistic Director, and members of the cast and creative team of Veil’d.


During Dev Bondarin’s tenure as APAC’s artistic director, APAC has been nominated for 21 NYIT awards and won five, including Outstanding Production of a Musical for Raisin and Merrily We Roll Along, which she directed. APAC credits: Raisin, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Astoria Stories, In The Bones. Other directing: Elevator Heart (NYU), Junie B.‘s Essential Guide to School (fall 2016 tour, TheatreworksUSA), King Lear (American Bard, two NY IT noms), Reefer Madness (Gallery Players, NY IT nom for Outstanding Production of a Musical), A Home Across The Ocean (MTWorks) and Raised by Lesbians (FringeNYC). As Associate Artistic Director of Prospect Theater Company, Dev directs an annual musical theater lab which showcases the work of emerging and established musical theater writers. Member: Lincoln Center Directors Lab. Associate Member: SDC, League of Professional Theatre Women. MFA: Brooklyn College. BA: Brandeis University.

This program was supported in part by public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and NYSCA. Special thanks to Council Member Costa Constantinides.


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