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This show closed on August 15, 2018


By Shahid Nadeem

Translated by Tahira Naqvi

Directed by Noelle Ghoussaini

Pan Asian Repertory Theatre

Acquittal weaves together the story of four women unjustly imprisoned in Pakistan during General Zia-ul-Haq’s discriminatory Hudood Ordinances: Zahida, an activist jailed for her political activity; Marium, a pregnant rape victim in prison because she refused an abortion; Jamila, a woman denied divorce by Islamic law, who murdered her abusive husband; and Jannat Bibi, incarcerated in place of her son for theft. In this bleak 1980s prison, the women forge a bond that transcends their differences in class, ideology, and religious practice.

Set design by You-Shin Chen, Costume Design by Hyun Sook Kim, Lighting Design by Leslie Smith, and Sound Design by Sinan Refik Zafar.

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Recommended for ages 18 and up.

Victory Gardens Theater

2433 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614

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