All Stars Project,
Alladin Ullah's story is the
A first-generation American, Alladin grew up in the tenements and projects of Spanish Harlem, in the only Bangladeshi
His father was first to arrive, and, a bachelor at the time, found a job working fourteen-hour days, seven days a week at a local restaurant, alongside a young Bahamian named Sid Poitier who dreamed of one day
Alladin's father had a dream, also:
Eventually, he opened one in
Years later, he returned to Bangladesh and met a feisty, divorced, already-pregnant Muslim woman, and brought her back to
A few years later, Alladin was born into what he calls,
Growing up, Alladin tried to distance himself from his heritage, only leveraging it at age five to convince his mother to buy him a pair of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
At age eighteen, after watching a George Carlin special on HBO, Alladin discovered his own dream: to become
Backed by the talented tabla performer Avirodh Sharma and directed by Gabriel Vega Weissman, Dishwasher Dreams is Alladin’s heartwarming, comedic version
Ignoring the specifics of his family heritage and his childhood neighborhood,
A story that will continue to be told for
A story that Americans hold dear to our hearts, even for those that are twice removed or greater from their ancestors who
But for those of us born to immigrant parents in 1970s and 1980s New York City, Alladin’s story hits, quite literally,
Unfortunately, there are only two more chances to catch Dishwasher Dreams in this incarnation at the Castillo Theatre:
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