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Wofford presents ‘They Call Me Q’ on Friday, Sept. 30

7 p.m. one-woman show in Leonard Auditorium; free and open to public

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Qurrat Ann Kadwani

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College will present Qurrat Ann Kadwani in her one-woman show “They Call Me Q” at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, in Leonard Auditorium in Main Building. The production, presented by the Department of Theatre, is free and open to the public.

Kadwani, the first South Asian woman to have a solo play produced Off Broadway, has won best actress, best play, trailblazer, cultural, state and city awards for the hit college circuit play, which is focused on identity and diversity.

“They Call Me Q” is the story of a girl from Bombay growing up in the Boogie Down Bronx who gracefully seeks balance between cultural pressure and wanting acceptance into the American culture. Along the journey, Kadwani transforms into 13 characters who have shaped her life, including her parents, Caucasian teachers, Puerto Rican classmates, Indian and African-American friends.

Kadwani was featured on a national interview on Fox News, and Fox 5 NY deemed her “a woman who shapes the future” for her portrayal of 13 characters in one hour and for her commitment to diversity.

Kadwani has performed almost 150 times in 30 states, including at the United Nations. She also has conducted workshops on multiculturalism, acting and writing. She has numerous film, theatre, hosting and TV credits, including “Law and Order: SVU,” “What Would You Do?,” “The Blacklist,” “Luke Cage,” “Falling Water,” “Time after Time” and “One Life to Live.” She is the founding artistic director of eyeBLINK, a multicultural nonprofit arts organization that promotes diversity within educational and entertaining programming.

She also is the founder of Echoes of Love, an annual event that raises funds and awareness for suicide prevention organizations with the help of live musicians. She assists with the coordination of A Slice of Hope, an annual national project that spreads hope and joy at homeless shelters with pizza parties and live musicians.

Kadwani also supports several organizations that promote education for children in poor locations and psychological and career assistance for immigrant women.

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