Castillo Theatre presents a play reading of: The Acquittal 

The Acquittal by Shahid Nadeem


reading directed by Dan Friedman

Saturday, February 22 at 5:00pm

Admission is free. Reservation required.

To make your reservation call 212-941-1234 or

The Castillo Theatre invites you to a reading of The Acquittal by the Otto Award-winning playwright, Shahid Nadeem, (translated from Urdu by Tahira Naqvi). The reading is being directed by Castillo's artistic director Dan Friedman and will be held on Saturday, February 22 at 5:00 p.m.

Shahid Nadeem is considered Pakistan's foremost playwright and is the executive director of Ajoka Theatre located in Lahore. He is a socially and politically engaged artist who was imprisoned in 1969, 1970 and 1978 for his writings and opposition to military rule. Nadeem was adopted as a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International and while he was in exile he worked for Amnesty as its International Campaign Coordinator in London and as Asia-Pacific Communications Officer in Hong Kong. Nadeem has won numerous theatre and writing awards including President of Pakistan's Pride of Performance Award, as well as the Gursharan Singh Award for Theatre Commitment in India (2005) and the Otto Rene Castillo Award for Political Theatre (2012). Nadeem is currently in the U.S. as a fellow with the National Endowment for Democracy.

The Acquittal, originally written in 1987 while Nadeem was in exile in London, is the story of four women from various social strata who find themselves in the same prison cell under General Zia-ul-Haq's Hudood Ordinances. 

The reading will be followed by a conversation with the playwright.

WHEN: February 22 at 5:00 p.m. 

WHERE: at the Castillo Theatre,

543 West 42nd Street 

(between 10th and 11th Ave.)

Reservations required. Call the Castillo box office 212-941-1234 

or email boxoffice@allstars