Crossing Borders: A Play Reading Series Featuring Dipika Guha

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Over the past decade, more immigrants have migrated to the United States from Asia than from any other region in the world, making Asians the country’s fastest-growing immigrant population. In celebration of the Immigrant Heritage Month, American Dream Redux and Asian American Arts Alliance (A4) co-present Crossing Borders, a play-reading series dedicated to showcasing the works of Asian immigrant playwrights in New York City.

Crossing Borders showcases the work of three Asian immigrant playwrights, Dipika Guha, Stefani Kuo, and Zhu Yi, whose work explores the shared yet complex immigrant experiences through theater. The plays are directed by Seonjae Kim, Ryan Dobrin, and Nicholas Polonio.

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Crossing Borders presents two short plays, A Brief History of America and In the Red, White and Blue, written by Dipika Guha and directed by Ryan Dobrin.

A Brief History of America follows one character's journey through the prism of her relationships in a small unnamed town in rural America. It's a play about immigration, love, loss, and the true meaning of home.

In the Red, White and Blue, a mother and daughter meet on a cold winter’s night for the first time in two years to fight for the survival of their relationship.


Dipika Guha was born in Calcutta and raised in India, England, and Russia. She is under commission from South Coast Rep, Manhattan Theatre Club/Sloan, and Barrington Stage Company; she was also a recent Hodder Fellow at Princeton University and a winner of the Lark’s Venturous Theatre Award.


Ryan Dobrin is a New York-based director and producer. He is the Associate Producing Artistic Leader of ObieAward-winning Movement Theatre Company, a 2019-2020 Directing Fellow at Playwrights Horizons and Manhattan Theatre Club, director of performance-making collective Those Guilty Creatures, and currently a Resident Artist at Access Theater. He previously served as the Artistic Fellow at Ars Nova and was part of the Directing Observership program at National Alliance for Musical Theatre.


A4 is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring greater representation, equity, and opportunities for Asian American artists and cultural organizations through resource sharing, promotion, and community building. Since 1983, A4 has sought to unify, promote, and represent the artistic and cultural producers of one of New York City’s fastest-growing populations. We are a diverse alliance of artists, organizations, and arts supporters who believe that working together as a pan-ethnic, multidisciplinary community is essential to nurturing the development of artists and arts groups. A4 serves as a thoughtful convener of the Asian American cultural workforce around issues of race, identity, and artmaking and provides a critical voice for this community. We are the only service organization in the country dedicated to the professional development of Asian American artists in all disciplines.


American Dream Redux is an innovative event series dedicated to celebrating and showcasing the works of Asian immigrant artists, in reflection of America’s history as a country of immigrants. The series pays homage to the contributions of Asian immigrants in America’s communities and vibrant diversity while encouraging greater cross-cultural understanding and community-building.

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