Written and directed by one of Pakistan’s most celebrated artists, this hilarious send-up of US-Pakistani relations set in the Visa Office at the US Embassy in Islamabad explodes stereotypes through satire. This fully-staged production featured the work of 10 Pakistani artists from Ajoka Theatre as well as Georgetown students and professional guest artists from the DC area and beyond.

Photo by Teresa Castracane

Amrika Chalo (Destination: USA) was part of Myriad Voices: A Cross-Cultural Performance Festival, which was made possible in part by a grant from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters; Building Bridges: Campus Community Engagement Grants Program, a component of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. The festival was also presented in collaboration with the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World AffairsBridges of Understanding, and the GU Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies.

Photo by Teresa Castracane

Pakistani Ambassador Jalil Abbas Jilani gives opening remarks before Amrika Chalo. (Photo by Teresa Castracane)

Actor Furqan Majeed, Lab Think Tank member Raza Rumi, playwright Shahid Nadeem, and Lab Co-Director Cynthia Schneider participate in a post-show discussion. (Photo by Teresa Castracane)

Watch the livestream of Amrika Chalo (Destination: USA), courtesy of HowlRound TV: