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A SECOND BIRTH by Ariel Mitchell

  • Balcony Theater 165 W 86th Street New York, NY 10024 (map)

The Center at West Park presents
THML’s production of

A Second Birth

A new play by Ariel Mitchell
Directed by Kayla Friend

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.

Nasim/Nasima - Mukta Phatak
Yasir - Abuzar Farrukh
Laila - Bahar Beihaghi
Azadeh - Grace Benedetto
Hoda - Pilar Rehert*
Zeman - Islaam 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

Earlier Event: March 16
THE OWL GIRL by Monica Raymond
Later Event: March 17
A SECOND BIRTH by Ariel Mitchell