Eh Dah? - Questions for my Father

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Aya Aziz; Presented by Hypokrit Theatre Company

Eh Dah? - Questions for my Father

at June Havoc Theatre  [map]

  • Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 8:00 pm
  • Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 1:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 9:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 24, 2016 at 9:00 pm
  • Monday, July 25, 2016 at 8:00 pm
  • Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 9:00 pm

A Woman's Search for her Family

“Ghetto-Hippie-Arab-Commie-China Doll” Aya was shaped by the eclectic community of New York City. But Aya’s father, an Egyptian-American world-traveler, remained a mystery, as did her Muslim family. In this solo musical, Aya enacts the world she came from and the family she went in search of. With a range of accents, voices, and zany characters, Aya’s story deals with contemporary conflicts – identity, the culture war, Islamophobia, all while asking Eh Dah – what is this?!

Running time: 60 - 90 minutes. 

Aya Aziz

Aya Aziz (Performer, Writer)

Aya Aziz is a performance artist and songwriter based between New York and Beirut, Lebanon. She is a graduate of the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics and a longtime member of and current teaching artist for the feminist theater ensemble Girl Be Heard. Sitting Regal by the Window is her first full production and has been featured in the Fringe and Planet Connections Theater Festival in New York as well as at the Metro Al-Madina cabaret theater in Beirut, Lebanon where the show was first produced. When Aya isn't preparing for a show, studying, or guiding middle-schoolers in the writing and performing of their stories she is probably playing her music at a local restaurant or coffee shop in the city. You can follow her work on soundcloud.com/aya-aziz-music-nyc and www.facebook.com/AyaAzizMusic



Corinne Proctor

Corinne Proctor (Director)

Corinne studied theatre at Ithaca College where she was a founding member of IC Teatro a Spanish language theatre group. She directed and performed in the group’s inaugural production, Aída Bortnik’s Papá Querido, which was performed at Cornell’s Teatrotaller Festival in 2006. Corinne has worked in many theaters across the country (primarily in the San Francisco Bay Area) as an actor, dialect coach and dramaturg. Her work has been nominated for awards by the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle and by the New Hampshire Theatre Awards. So grateful to Aprita, Shubhra and Hypokrit Theatre Company for the opportunity to be a part of this incredible show. Aya, you are a star and I am honored to help you tell your story.



Arpita Mukherjee

Arpita Mukherjee (Producer)

Arpita is an writer, director, producer and choreographer with over a decade of experience in professional theatre. After working for Washington Shakespeare Company and Shakespeare Theatre Company, Arpita Mukherjee founded her own theatre company. She has written, produced, and directed several productions, most notable of which are Love Times Seven: A Bollywood Musical, My First Time (only directed), Moving Forward, and I AM SAAM. Her work was featured in the South Asian Theatre and Arts Festival at the Smithsonian. A classically trained dancer, Arpita has also choreographed for musicals. She studied Non-Fiction Writing at Columbia University.



Shawn Chang

Shawn Chang (Musical Director)

As a collaborative pianist, he has worked with the Bronx Opera, Garden State Opera, Opera Moderna amongst other production companies. His own compositions encompass piano solos, vocal music, and chamber music. Mr. Chang’s recent piano arrangement of the Dutch folk song, “tulpen uit Amsterdam,” was premiered and received critical acclaim at the Prinsjesdagconcert in Hague. Original compositions by Mr. Chang have been premiered by the Chromatic Voice Exchange Chorus, Novello String ensemble, aTonal Hits Duo, to name a few. Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Shawn Chang currently lives in New York City. He holds Bachelor of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory and a Professional Studies degree from the Mannes College of Music. 


Matt Chilton

Matt Chilton (Musician - Flute and Upright Bass)

Matt Chilton is a multi-instrumentalist and composer based in NYC. He and Aziz have collaborated since they first met 2012, most notably on her debut solo show Sitting Regal By The Window last year. In addition to performing and composing music for stage and screen, he feverishly dreams up large-scale public sound works.


Geoff Thomas (Percussionist)

Geoff Thomas has been playing percussion for over 15 years, with a focus on darbuka and drum kit. His professional background includes various theatre, session and tour work.


"Review: “Sitting Regal by the Window” at the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity" - Stage Buddy, July 2015

"Sitting Regal by the Window" - The Easy, August 2015

"What to See at NYMF This Year" - Playbill, June 2016

"NYMF 2016: Children of Salt; Eh Dah? Questions for My Father; Ultimate Man!" - Theater Mania, July 2016

"More to Look Out for at NYMF 2016" - Playbill, July 2016

"The 10 Best NYMF Shows to See" - Time Out New York, July 2016

"This is what a great one-woman musical can look like." - Theater Mania, July 2016

"an investigation into identity, and ultimately a celebration of it." - New York Times, July 2016