Draw the Circle (Paperback)
Full Length Play
Cast: 1 trans man or flexible
The hilarious and deeply moving story of conservative Muslim mother at her wits’ end, a Muslim father who likes to tell jokes, and a queer American woman trying to make a good impression on her Indian in-laws. In a story about family and love and the things we do to be together, one immigrant family must come to terms with a child who defies their most basic expectations of what it means to have a daughter…and one woman will redefine the limits of unconditional love. This unique play compassionately brings to life the often ignored struggle that a family goes through when their child transitions from one gender to another.
About the Author
Mashuq Mushtaq Deen is a resident playwright at New Dramatists (class of 2022). His full-length plays include THE BETTERMENT SOCIETY, THE SHAKING EARTH, DRAW THE CIRCLE (world premiere at PlayMakers Rep), and TANK & HORSE (world premiere at the Berkshire Fringe Festival). Deen’s work has been presented/developed/supported at a number of institutions including New Dramatists, the Public Theater, NYTW, MacDowell Colony, Bogliasco Foundation, Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, New Harmony Project, Chesley/Bumbalo Foundation, Arch & Bruce Brown Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, 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, and the Berkshire Fringe Festival. He has also received a 2017 Kilroy’s List Honorable Mention, Jerome New York Fellowship finalist, O'Neill Conference semifinalist, Weissberger Award nomination, Playwrights' Center Core Writers Finalist, James Baldwin Award, and a Denis Johnston Playwriting Prize honorable mention. He is a member of the NYTW Usual Suspects, Ma-Yi Writers Lab, Public Theater Alumni Writers Group, and the 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 a participating citizen (#flarebkny) and a man of many hobbies, including bread-baker, monster-maker, and student of the classical (and not-so-classical) guitar. mashuqdeen.wix.com/playwright
“[DRAW THE CIRCLE] chronicles, with surprising empathy, not just what it was like to slowly, painfully come to terms with transition, but what it was like for loved ones who shunned everything about it.” —Washington Post.
“…an insightful work that is noteworthy for the compassion with which the playwright…explores viewpoints different from his own…even the most intolerant of characters are allowed to come across as warmly sympathetic in their own ways.” —TheaterMania.com.
“…essential viewing…Deen’s extreme vulnerability and creativity coalesce to make it a vitally important piece of theater…DRAW THE CIRCLE is a singular theatrical experience.” —BroadwayWorld.com.
“The effect of Deen’s storytelling technique and artistry is arresting…a masterful act of writing…If you believe theater can teach us something important about who we are as gendered beings—or even if you just have a hunch that America cannot be great if driven by hate—DRAW THE CIRCLE is an epochal inquiry into identity…and some of the most pressing questions of our time.” —DCMetroTheaterArts.com.