REHAN ANSARI is a Brooklyn-based writer. A Karachi native and a graduate of Vassar College, Rehan was a working journalist in New York during 9/11 and in Mumbai during the attacks in 2008. He travelled to Pakistan in the aftermath of both, and Unburdened is based on his experiences. The play has been presented at CEPA gallery's Art of War festival in Buffalo and has had readings in Toronto including at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education. http://asiasociety.org/events-calendar/unburdened-new-play-rehan-ansari
JUNE 2011 | Express
Unburdened is set in the time just before and after President Obamas inauguration when Robin, a journalist from Toronto, goes on a newspaper assignment to Karachi. Robin is in a decade-long relationship with Katherine, and most of the play is seen through Katherines eyes
NOV 2009 | Express
After an October of attacks in Pakistan, at a UN office in Islamabad, Army Headquarters in Rawalpindi, and police academies in Lahore and with the Pakistan Army backed by the US attacking the tribal areas of PakistanI decided to have a conversation on Skype with a Pakistani writer I spent some time with in Lahore last winter.
OCT 2009 | Express
If the war on terror can be likened to a storm at sea most visible in Iraq and Afghanistan, and in Mumbai last winter, its undercurrents rage in Pakistani society.
JUN 2004 | Express
When Al Jazeeras Senior Producer Samir Khader was recently in town for the theatrical release of Control Room, we met him at the Roosevelt Hotel. Born and raised in Baghdad but now living in Jordan, Khader seems right out of the world of American film noir hes like a Bogart character who has recognized a moral imperative and struggles with his fear of self and the world.