no shortage of plays that look at the immigrant's experience
in the New World.
For Starters, this past season, Manhattan Theatre Club produced
"East Is East," a classic
example of a work that examines culture clash, intergenerational
conflict, and traditions versus modernity.
scene is London and the central figure is a Pakistani native
married to a British woman. Their adult children are caught
in the crossfire between new somewhat rootless ways and the
old downright authoritarian values.
Indian actor Ajay Mehta--he recently appeared in the Manhattan
Theater Club's production of "East Is East"--is
one of the few immigrant actors we interviewed who likes the
unions and their rules. "The unions make the theatre
world more professional and give the performing arts credibility
and status that they would not have without them." he