Based on Sahil Farooqi's semi-autobiographical journey of an immigrant caught between the East and the West. “A Brown Monkey Goes To McDonald’s” reveals the stories and dreams of a boy moving to America and his continuous search for cultural identity and acceptance in western society. But in the post 9/11 world his dreams of America are changed forever. This exciting solo performance is a mix of story telling, spoken word poetry and monologues.
Born in India, Sahil Farooqi was raised in a family full of writers and language critics which exposed him to a world of poetry and theatre. At an early age, he moved to the United States with his mother. Farooqi earned a B.A. in Theatre Studies with a concentration in Acting from Emerson College. In Boston he developed his first solo show Flip The Switch, about a South Asian boy choosing Theatre over Medical or Engineering. While living in Washington D.C. he worked with Sol & Soul Theatre Company for two years, where he performed regularly with the company during their Hip-Hop Theatre Festival. Farooqi also had an apprenticeship with Regie Cabico, a spoken word artist and the Artistic Director of Sol & Soul. Together they developed Farooqi’s second solo piece A Brown Monkey Goes To McDonald’s, into an hour long performance.
Farooqi now lives in New York City where he is running a popular monthly performance series called Hipster Circus in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Farooqi recently preformed his solo piece A Brown Monkey goes to McDonald’s at the Gene Frankel Theatre as a part of the Planet Connections Theatre Festival NYC. And he was invited to perform at the Howl Festival in the East Village.
Along with A Brown Monkey Goes To McDonald’s he has also performed Coffee GRINDR at Dixon Place Theatre NYC, a new solo show about finding love on the Internet in New York City. In 2011, Farooqi appeared on Sundance Channel’s new mini documentary-series called Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys. He currently lives in Williamsburg.