Pictured: Qurrat Ann Kadwani in INTRUSION. Photo by Jack Grace.
Winner of the 2018 Best Performer award at the Maui Fringe Festival, Qurrat Ann Kadwani will bring her one-woman play, INTRUSION to the Kansas City Fringe Festival as a 2018 Scholarship Recipient for Strong Voices.
“In 2012, I became obsessed with the fatal gang rape of Jyoti Singh in New Delhi. I started researching why rape happens and realized that this is a global problem steeped in gender inequality and misogyny, perpetuated by the justice system, politics, media, education and virtually every aspect of societal constructs,” comments Kadwani. “I set out to create a show that addresses the systemic problem of rape culture from an intellectual standpoint – to illuminate that we are all the victims and the perpetrators. I set out to answer the question – could we eradicate rape?”
From the press release: “In the course of one hour, Kadwani portrays eight characters evaluating the flaws in a future society where rape is supposedly eradicated, helping to raise awareness about sexual violence and combat systemic oppression. Power dynamics, sexual violence statistics, Title IX history, self-defense moves, the complexity of sexual violence against women along with politics, media, the legal system, psychology, education, male and female sexual assault, LGBTQ inclusivity come together to unravel the intricacy of rape culture.”
INTRUSION runs July 20th – July 28th at The Saltbox Theatre 1519 Oak St, Kansas City, MO 64108. Tickets can be purchased at kc-fringe.com.