IRANIAN AMERICAN SATIRICAL TALK SHOW, THE HAJI SHOW, PREMIERS IN NYC

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The Favorite Egg
Kevin Delaney
917-806-5968
kdelaney@thehajishow.com

THE HAJI SHOW – AN IRANIAN AMERICAN COMEDY MADE FOR AMERICA NYC PREMIERE

NY, NY, October 14th, 2019 – “The Haji Show”, a new Iranian American comedic production starring Roger Sedarat as talk show host, “Haji”. The premier will run November 9th and 10th only at Brooklyn Music School Playhouse Theatre in Brooklyn, NY.

The Haji Show is a satirical, contemporary take on the racist, hostile, and patronizing Orientalist character, Haji Baba of Isfahan, from the 1950’s American movie, The Adventures of Hajji Baba. The “live television” show, performed in English, will feature a musical performance by lead vocalist of the Persian psychedelic funk band, Mitra Sumara, and an interview with acclaimed visual artist, Nicky Nodjoumi, whose paintings address Iranian politics, history, power and corruption.

“The Haji Show” challenges the terrorist gaze of Iran by crudely exposing the Iranian stereotype. This controversial production will open a Pandora’s box of today’s most sensitive topics around race and politics through outrageous stand-up comedy, game shows with audience participation, and more. In the spirit of the “Larry Sanders Show”, the studio audience gets to experience the production’s rocky journey “live” and during “commercial breaks”.

Co-Creators

The Haji Show was developed (co-created) by Roger Sedarat and Kevin Delaney.

Roger Sedarat, co-writer, and actor, is an award-winning Iranian-American poet, translator, and scholar. His 2017 work, Haji as Puppet: an Orientalist Burlesque, won the Word Works’ 2017 Tenth Gate Prize for a Mid-Career Poet. He is Professor in the English Department at Queens College, City University of New York, where he teaches courses in literary translation, poetry, and Middle Eastern-American literature.

“As an Iranian-American poet, I’ve been blessed to participate in so many Persian art events, along with a lot of anthologies featuring writing by Iranian-American writers. As well-intentioned as these culturally-rich educational experiences usually turn out to be, some time ago as an artist I got a little frustrated. It’s like I felt we had to play so safe, almost defensive, because we’re perceived as such outliers. I started to wonder why we too can’t do edgy, in-your-face stand up, even rap, where we explode stereotypes in really creative but often unsettling ways.” – Roger Sedarat.

Kevin Delaney, award-winning television writer, director, and producer brings his creative talent to The Haji Show as its producer, director, and co-writer. Delaney began his career working on the iconic Pee-Wee’s Playhouse. His work has been seen on Nickelodeon, PBS, FX, VH1, and CBS. He is the Founder and Chief Content Officer of The Favorite Egg, a development company dedicated to telling stories on screens and stages of any size, he originally bonded with Roger over their mutual love of Andy Kaufman, The Larry Sanders Show and punk rock.

Tickets

Tickets to be part of the “studio audience” will be $20 in advance, and $25 at the door, with a VIP experience to “Meet Haji” backstage following the show for $75, all available on www.thehajishow.com. The production will be held at the Brooklyn Music School Playhouse Theatre at 126 St. Felix Street, Brooklyn, on November 9th at 7pm and November 10th at 2pm.

Funded by

“The Haji Show” is supported by an Atlantic Philanthropies Director/Employee Designated Gift Fund, awarded to produce a dramatic performance that challenges the western gaze of Iran, based on Roger’s poetry collection, Haji as Puppet, an Orientalist Burlesque.

“As an Iranian-American poet, I’ve been blessed to participate in so many Persian art events, along with a lot of anthologies featuring writing by Iranian-American writers. As well-intentioned as these culturally-rich educational experiences usually turn out to be, some time ago as an artist I got a little frustrated. It’s like I felt we had to play so safe, almost defensive, because we’re perceived as such outliers. I started to wonder why we too can’t do edgy, in-your-face stand up, even rap, where we explode stereotypes in really creative but often unsettling ways.” – Roger Sedarat.

For more information please contact:

Kevin Delaney 917-806-5968 kdelaney@thehajishow.com

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