Hailed by the NYT as “hilariously original and brave”, Aladdin Ullah‘s Dishwasher Dreams delves into “art, immigration, family, the Yankees and the nature of the American dream”. Aladdin tells his story of growing up in Spanish Harlem as the son of immigrants from Bangladesh. In his performance, he recalls his parents’ attempts to raise him Muslim and his own determination to follow his own path — through Hip Hop and graffiti art to the comedy circuit.
Please join Cue-rated for an intimate private reception, with introductions by Vivek Bald, scholar and author of Bengali Harlem and the Lost Histories of South Asian America, and Naeem Mohaiemen, visual artist and filmmaker.
Enjoy dishes inspired by menus from the first Indian restaurants in Manhattan, operated by early Bangladeshi immigrants, such as Aladdin’s father, in the late 1940s. The reception will be followed by a special performance of “Dishwasher Dreams” after which guests will have the opportunity to learn more about the inspiration behind this production during a brief Q and A with a panel of speakers.