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Nahal Navidar of 110 Flights: playwright & actress

Nahal Navidar, Mark Dalton and James Farrell

l-r: Nahal Navidar, Mark Dalton and James Farrell

The tragedy of 9/11 is the backdrop for this emotional drama about a marriage between a NYC police officer and his Iranian-American wife. It is the premier of the work of senior theatre major, Nahal Navidar and also the first production in UAlbany Theatre Department's initiative to cultivate student playwriting. The play opens on Friday, March 4 at 8 p.m. in the Studio Theatre of the Performing Arts Center.

Navidar began the script two years ago and developed it further in a playwriting class taught by Assistant Professor James Farrell, who serves as the production's Dramaturge. The script went through subsequent multiple drafts, some of which resulted from Navidar's experiences at a Kennedy Center playwriting workshop for which she was selected to participate in by the American College Theatre Festival. "My interest in playwriting stems from my need to provoke people to think and question," said Navidar. "I feel a responsibility to human kind to do my part to try to change the flaws that I see. Writing plays is my way of being proactive."

Along with her pursuits in playwriting she has also trained in UAlbany's theatre department as an actor, most recently appearing in the fall production of Tartuffe. Navidar will star in her play 110 Flights along with fellow student Ian Sullivan.

The production, directed by Assistant Professor Mark Dalton, runs through March 12th. Since the play is a work-in-progress, there will be two post-performance discussions on Saturday, March 5 and Wednesday, March 9 to solicit audience reaction.

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