Presentations from THERE IS A PORTAL: A 2020 HB Residency Project

Sunday, December 20, 2020 | 12PM & 6PM ET


A multimedia, one-woman performance that uses storytelling and participatory theater to create a space for dialogue among theater goers. The work chronicles Irani’s experience of immigration from Tehran to Queens as a young girl, mixed with tales of her family’s migration from Iran to India in the tenth century (as Zoroastrians). Set against the backdrop of 9/11 in her early adulthood, this performance is designed to create a space for conversation and healing among immigrant communities affected not only by Islamophobia and anti-Arab racism (including those neither Arab nor Muslim, like Kayhan) but for our country’s youth and adults who’s experience of citizenship, safety and belonging is compromised by the rampant anti-immigrant policies of our current administration, from ICE to the Travel Ban.

THERE IS A PORTAL is designed to reach a new generation of youth, growing in the shadow of these governmental policies upon our lives. It is designed to offer inspiration for resisting, and building bridges with other communities, and will be presented at local high schools, colleges, and universities. It will bring diverse audiences into conversation to imagine alternatives and advance an inclusive American narrative, while creating new definitions of ‘belonging’ in America.”

Watch the trailer to THERE IS A PORTAL.


  • Time:
    December 20, 2020
    12:00 pm – 6:00 pm ET
  • Location: Online Via Zoom, , ,