A play by Pakistani artists depicting suffering Covid victims staged in New York


NEW YORK, (UrduPoint/Pakistan Point News – October 24, 2022): A play about the pain and suffering of those affected by the Covid 19 pandemic and the callous disregard for public interests by global elites, written and directed by a Pakistani artist and filmmaker, was staged to a packed house at the Baruch Theater of Performing Arts in New York.

Mumtaz Hussain’s drama “Virus Bomb” is a mix of satire, criticism and pragmatic questions about the future of mankind.

Pakistan’s Consul General in New York, Ayesha Ali, who was the main guest at the event, admired the show and praised the author, Mumtaz Hussain, for highlighting the theme of unity.

She said the virus had drastically changed people’s lives and the author cleverly introduced it into the play.

The Consul General also appreciated that part of the proceeds from the play will go to the relief of people affected by the floods in Pakistan.

“There really couldn’t be a more timely production than ‘Virus Bomb,’ in terms of content or presentation,” said its producer, Bethann Carbone.

“In the wake of a global pandemic, Mumtaz Hussain has created a relatable story about a mother who has experienced the tragic loss of a husband and son, but rises to question the indifference of the elite and protect her second unborn child, no matter what,” she added.

The play’s diverse cast represented and portrayed the lives of diverse communities in the United States, where their differences as American residents were often overshadowed by the similarities in their challenges. Debates regarding the origin of the coronavirus were also portrayed by the characters in a spectacle of confusion between the nations of the world and their populations.

“We brought together talented actors from different communities living in America,” said Mumtaz Hussain. “I’m honored that they showed their talents on stage for this commentary on human values. This cast is my family.”


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