Join us at the fourteenth annual Otto Awards on Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. as we honor political theatre artists:

 Ajoka Theatre,   Hector Aristizabal, John O'Neal,  Sistren Theatre Collective, Urban Bush Women

Spotlight on Ajoka Theatre

Founded in Pakistan in 1983 by a small group of cultural activists during a time of political and cultural repression, Ajoka (which means "contemporary" in Punjabi) produced its first play in 1984. Ajoka was the first Pakistani theatre to perform in India, and has also performed in Bangledesh and Nepal. The theatre has dealt with bold subjects, experimented with technique and blended contemporary reality with traditional form. Ajoka holds performance workshops  for community activists around the country, and in recent years has established the Ajoka Children's Theatre. Ajoka continues to produce progressive political plays under the constant threat of arrest and death from religious terrorists. Shahid Nadeem, Pakistan's foremost playwright, is Ajoka's playwright-in-residence, helping to build a strong future for their inspiring company. 

Tickets are $500, $250 or $175.

For tickets or more information please contact Diane Stiles,

executive producer at (212) 356-8412 or call the

Castillo box office at (212) 941-1234.

To purchase tickets online, please click here. 

Castillo Theatre   

543 West 42nd Street

(between 9th and 10th Avenues)