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A Second Birth by Kayla Friend

  • Balcony Theater at the Center at West Park 165 W 86th Street New York, NY 10024 (map)

EVENT: A Second Birth by Kayla Friend

DATES: March 1 - 24, 2019


COST: $30


In a rural village in southern Afghanistan, a family struggles with the tradition of bacha posh - the practice of raising a daughter to act, dress, and behave like a boy. As her feminine features begins to blossom, Nasim(a) must confront the relationships of her past and the traditions of her future to find out who she truly is.

Directed by Kayla Friend


Nasim/Nasima - Mukta Phatak

Yasir - Abuzar Farrukh

Laila - Bahar Beihaghi

Azadeh - Grace Benedetto

Hoda - Pilar Rehert***

Zeman - Islam Balbaa

Mr. Rafaat - Jon Freda***

***AEA member

About THML - THML is a majority female-run theatre company in New York City dedicated to engaging audiences with stories of women who survive and thrive. Our programming provides opportunities for women in the "in-between" stages of artistic career development. THML Theatre Company provides a platform for new artists to have their works read or sung aloud, resources for artists with new work ready to be staged, and professional management for artists to see their new works come to fruition as a fully staged production. One hundred percent of our work in our current season is written by women, and more than eighty-five percent of our current creative teams for these projects are female or non-binary. Learn more at

VENUE: Balcony Theater at the Center at West Park, 165 W 86th Street (Entrance on Amsterdam Ave.), New York, NY 10024