An American Brat
Adapted from An American Brat, the novel
Year of Release: 2007
Director: Brad Dalton
Produced by: Stages Repertory Theater
Adapted from the novel An American Brat and produced by Stages Repertoire Theater in Houston 2007, this play explored the tensions that arise in a Parsi family when their daughter Feroza leaves Pakistan to attend college in the United States. Now she’s fallen in love with an American — and he’s Jewish. Suddenly Feroza’s family is getting more than they bargained for, including a lesbian roommate and a domineering Jewish grandmother. The resulting clash is a humorous, touching, insightful look at the common threads of family life.
It played to critical acclaim and packed houses for over a month.
"I love the fresh perspective An American Brat brings to the age-old conflict between generations. The very real tension of religion, fundamental beliefs, family and love could not be more relevant, and while the play deals with the issues of a very specific Parsi family, it’ s pretty safe to say that everyone is going to find a bit of their own family in it."
–Director Kenn McLaughlin
"An American Brat examines what it means to live in a world saturated with a variety of different religions, and their often-conflicting viewpoints on the “proper” way to live your life», he said. «This is the unfortunate basis for so much violence throughout the world, but Bapsi manages to tell this story with a tremendous amount of humour and a slyly irreverent tone which gently pokes fun at the mishaps and misunderstandings of Parsees trying to figure out their place in the larger world."
–Director Brad Dalton
"The real strength in this production lies in the subtle but surprisingly emotional shift it makes from comedy to
drama. The writing, the direction and the strong cast all contribute to this change."
–HoustonPress Review (Read full review)
"In adapting an episode of her novel An American Brat to the stage, Bapsi Sidhwa seems determined to give audiences a traditional, even conventional, crowd-pleaser about the comic complications of love across ethnic barriers."
–Houston Chronicle(Read full review)
"Set in contemporary Houston, David, the young Jewish character, is more of a symbol of the majority culture. Feroza, a young Parsi woman, is sent by her parents in Pakistan to college here. Feroza’s parents, Zareen and Cyrus, receive a letter from their daughter stating her intention to marry David.Unlike many of the novels and dramas prior to “An American Brat,” Sidhwa doesn’t opt for the “melting pot” resolution. Without giving away the ending, the play takes a much harder, reflective resolution."
–Jewish Herald-Voice (Read full review)
"ONE CRITIC DESCRIBED THE CHARACTERS IN BAPSI SIDHWA'S book An American Brat as "painted so vividly you can almost hear them bickering."
–American Theatre (Read full review)
Arzan Gonda: Feroza/daughter
Rathnuma Panthaky: Zareen/Mother
Sundy Srinivasan: Zyrus/father
Luke Eddy: David/boyfriend
Uma Nagarsheth: Mumma/grandmother
Marjorie Carroll: Bubbe/David's Grandma
Alison Coriell: flat mate
Juhi: kid sister