First Look: Writers Theatre Presents Alaudin Ullah’s DISHWASHER DREAMS in the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre; Performances through January 16

Writers Theatre, under the leadership of Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma and Interim Artistic Director Bobby Kennedy, has kicked off its 2021/22 Season with Dishwasher Dreams, written and performed by Alaudin Ullah, directed by Chay Yew, and in association with Hartford Stage. Dishwasher Dreams began previews on December 9, 2021 and continues through January 16, 2022 in the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe, IL. The Press Opening is Friday, December 17, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.

Chay Yew (Director), Alaudin Ullah (Writer & Performer), and Avirodh Sharma (Musician, Composer, & Arranger) helm our production of DISHWASHER DREAMS. Photo by Michael Brosilow.

Alaudin, a stand-up comedian whose family hails from Bangladesh, is in L.A. on the verge of success when a family crisis forces him back to New York. Deferring his dreams while confronting his family history, he takes us on a moving and hilarious journey from colonial India in the 1930s to Spanish Harlem in the 1970s and all the way to present-day Hollywood for his once-in-a-lifetime audition for a major film.

Avirodh Sharma & Alaudin Ullah in DISHWASHER DREAMS. Photo by Michael Brosilow.

Irreverently performed by Alaudin Ullah, with live accompaniment by tabla percussionist Avirodh Sharma and direction by the nationally acclaimed Chay Yew (formerly of Victory Gardens Theater), this exhilarating tour-de-force will have you empathizing with, while simultaneously laughing over, Alaudin’s experiences of immigration, the Yankees and the complex nature of the American Dream.

Avirodh Sharma & Alaudin Ullah in DISHWASHER DREAMS. Photo by Michael Brosilow.

Interim Artistic Director Bobby Kennedy comments, “Dishwasher Dreams is the perfect show to welcome audiences back to Writers Theatre because it is theatre at its most essential–an actor, a musician, and a heartfelt story. With only these potent ingredients, the performance manages to take us from L.A. to New York to Bangladesh, from the 1930s to the present day, all in just 90 minutes. Stories of immigration are a foundational part of the American experience. Dishwasher Dreams adds a missing thread to our rich tapestry-that of the story of a Bangladeshi, Muslim, stand-up comic and his family’s pursuit of the dream America promised them. It’s an original, hilarious and heartwarming journey and one that connects artist and audience in the type of communal experience we’ve all been missing.”

Avirodh Sharma & Alaudin Ullah in DISHWASHER DREAMS. Photo by Michael Brosilow.

The creative team for Dishwasher Dreams includes Chay Yew (Director), Yu Shibagaki (Scenic Designer), Anshuman Bhatia (Lighting Designer), Izumi Inaba (Costume Designer), Avirodh Sharma (Composer/Arranger), Rae Watson (Properties Designer), David Castellanos (Stage Manager), Jacob Janssen (Assistant Director) and Olivia Sullam (Assistant Stage Manager).

The cast and crew of DISHWASHER DREAMS. Photo by Michael Brosilow.
Avirodh Sharma & Alaudin Ullah in DISHWASHER DREAMS. Photo by Michael Brosilow.
Avirodh Sharma & Alaudin Ullah in DISHWASHER DREAMS. Photo by Michael Brosilow.
Avirodh Sharma & Alaudin Ullah in DISHWASHER DREAMS. Photo by Michael Brosilow.
Avirodh Sharma in DISHWASHER DREAMS. Photo by Michael Brosilow.

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