Each week, we’re asking different writers, artists and others to share some of their current favorites. This week we feature picks from actress Qurrat Ann Kadwani.
Qurrat Ann Kadwani is an actress, producer, emcee, TV Host and philanthropist. She is a graduate of The Bronx High School of Science and a theater graduate of SUNY Geneseo with a double scholarship recipient for her directing and acting contributions. She has hosted Desi Jams and 100% Desi on Namaste America. Her TV appearances also include ABC News’ What Would You Do, As The World Turns, All My Children. She has been performing her award-winning solo play, They Call Me Q! at festivals and special events and is currently touring colleges across the country. Kadwani will be teaching a special workshop on monologue writing and performance starting November 25 in NYC and through Skype. You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter, or visit her website.
1. Pussy by Maura Halloran
Maura Halloran’s solo play Pussy was in The NYC Fringe Festival this year and played in the same theater as my show.Check her website for upcoming performance dates. Beautiful movement, great writing. I was inspired.
2. The Epic 12
The Epic 12 is a performance series that bridges the gap between poetry and music. I go to their shows when I want to hear seriously talented artists.
3. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
I’m currently reading Aravind Adiga’s novel The White Tiger. I’m drawn to Balram’s journey in India maneuvering through the class struggle. There’s a lot of humor too — can’t wait to see how it ends!
4. Sapna NYC
I love supporting Sapna NYC. Based in the Bronx, where I grew up, this organization provides health, social and economic empowerment to the South Asian community.
5. Becoming Ricardo
For some laughs, I watch the web series, Becoming Ricardo. It’s Tootsie meets I Love Lucy and what an actress will do to get her career going.
6. Keon Torres
Up and coming rapper Keon Torres always gets me hyped up. His song “Never Giving Up” keeps me motivated.