Philadelphia Asian Performing Artists
Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival
Asian Arts Initiative
Half Magic is the autobiographical story of a biracial white/South Asian child raised on stories of white heroes. Joseph Ahmed uses physical theater, storytelling, and circus techniques to explore the childhood narratives and social structures that led him to self-identify as white for most of his young life. What place is left in his Bengali heritage after a lifetime of white protagonists?
Created and performed by Joseph Ahmed
Directed by Mieke D
Prop Design by Sara Outing
First produced at Asian Arts Initiative for the New Asian Futurisms Closing Reception in December 2019 with production support by Cat Ramirez and Lindsay Drucker.
Developed through Philadelphia Asian Performing Artists Mini-Residency Program 2019-2021; filmed work-in-progress showing in July 2020.
Livestreamed as a workshop showing in the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival November 2020.