How exactly do you rejoin a society that remains as conflicted about its wars as it is with issues of race and gender?
Soldier X follows a young African American social worker who becomes professionally compromised when she falls for a returning veteran that’s romantically entangled with his fallen friend’s Muslim sister. The play tallies the emotional scars inflicted on our young men and women returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan.
About the Playwright
Rehana Lew Mirza holds a shared Mellon National Playwrights residency at Ma-Yi Theater with husband Mike Lew. She is also currently a Rita Goldberg Playwrights’ Workshop Fellow at the Lark and the recipient of a 2016 Lilly Award (Stacey Mindich commission). Full-length plays include: Hatefuck (production: WP Theater. Primary Fresh Ink reading); Soldier X (productions: Ma-Yi, Brooklyn College. NYSCA Commission, Lark Studio Retreat, Kilroy selection.); Neighborhood Watch (NNPN/InterAct commission); Lonely Leela (productions: Desipina; LPAC. readings: Magic Theatre, New Georges); Barriers (productions: Desipina; Asian American Theater Company); and if it’s sad i don’t want to see it (readings: Queens Theater, 2G). Honors include: Rhinebeck Musical Theater Residency (with composer Sam Willmott and co-writer Mike Lew for Bhangin’ It); TCG Future Leader Fellowship with New Georges; NBC Shorts Audience Award; E.S.T. Sloan Commission; La Jolla Playhouse Commission (with Mike Lew); Tofte Artist residency; IAAC residency with the Lark, John Golden Award, and a LMCC artist grant. She is a current member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab and the Primary Stages Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group. MFA: Columbia University; BFA: NYU Tisch.
About the Director
Lucie Tiberghien has directed the world premieres of Christina Anderson’s The Ashes Under Gait City at CATF and Charles Randolph Wright’s Love in Afghanistan at Arena Stage. Also, JT Roger’s Blood and Gifts, at La Jolla Playhouse and the world premieres of Don’t Go Gentle by Stephen Belber at MCC and Katori Hall’s HooDoo Love at Cherry Lane Theatre. She recently joined the team of Stew and Heidi Rodewald’s new musical Resurrection City.
- Daniel Conway | Scenic Design
- Beth Goldenberg | Costume Design
- Peter West | Lighting Design
- Daniel Baker/Broken Chord | Sound Design