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Mashuq Mushtaq Deen: DRAW THE CIRCLE


Written and Performed By Mashuq Mushtaq Deen
Directed by Chay Yew

Mashuq Mushtaq Deen (The Betterment Society, Resident Playwright at New Dramatists), is making his New York debut in the New York premiere of DRAW THE CIRCLE. The hilarious and moving story of his transition, DRAW THE CIRCLE is told entirely from the point of view of Deen’s family and friends, as portrayed by Deen, bringing to life the often-ignored struggle that a family goes through when their child transitions from one gender to another.


Set Design - Chay Yew
Lighting Design - Mary Louise Geiger
Sound Design - Matthew M. Nielson

Previews Begin January 24, 2018
Opening Night: February 2, 2018
Limited Run Through February 18, 2018
Wed-Mon - 7:30pm
Feb 3, 10, 11, 17, 18 - 2pm


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‘Draw the Circle’ puts a surprising frame on a transgender story - Nelson Pressley, Washington Post


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MASHUQ MUSTAQ DEEN is an award-winning, queer theater artist and a resident playwright at New Dramatists (class of 2022).Full-length plays: The Betterment SocietyThe Shaking Earth, Draw the Circle (UPCOMING PRODUCTIONS: Mosaic Theater, Rattlestick, InterAct), Tank & Horse, and Shut Up! Deen's plays have been produced and/or developed by New Dramatists, The Public Theater, NYTW, New Harmony Project, InterAct Theatre, InterAct Theatre, Page73, Ma-Yi, Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, Georgetown University, BEAT Festival, PACE University, Hampshire College, Averett University, Dixon Place, Passage Theatre, Queens Theatre in the Park, Tofte Lake Center, Berkshire Fringe.Awards and Grants (selected): Helene Wurlitzer's Chesley/Bumbalo Foundation Award, MacDowell Colony's Arch and Bruce Brown Fellow (2015-16), New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow. Fellowships and Residencies: New Harmony Project (2017), Yale Summer Residency (2017), MacDowell Colony Fellow (2015), Bogliasco Foundation Fellow (2016), Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Fellow (2016), New York Theatre Workshop 2050 Fellow (2013-14); Writing Groups: Public Theater's Emerging Writers Group (2009), Page73 Interstate writing group (2014). Other: Kilroy’s List Honorable Mention (2017), Jerome New York Fellowship finalist, O'Neill Conference semifinalist, Weissberger Award nomination, Playwrights Center Core Writers Finalist, James Baldwin Award, Dennis Johnston Playwriting Prize honorable mention, Literary Committee of Queens Theatre (2014-15). Teaching Artist: Lower Manhattan Cultural Council SPARC Fellow, Community Voices Workshop with Second Generation Theatre, Mind the Gap (NYTW), and various colleges/universities while touring with Draw the Circle. Member: NYTW Usual Suspect, Ma-Yi Writers Lab, Public Theater Alumni Writers Group, Dramatists Guild. He earned his MFA from the Actors Studio Drama School/New School for Drama. He is represented by the Gurman Agency LLC.

In his spare time, Deen is also an activist (#flarebkny) and a man of many hobbies, including bread baker, monster-maker, and student of the classical guitar.