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.
Recommended for ages 18 and up.