Finding yourself in New York isn’t just something that happens on TV and in the movies. It’s actually an amazing place to try exciting new things socially and professionally, and theater producer Saima Huq has experienced that first hand. Although she grew up not too far away in Central Jersey, her life in New York is far different now.
In addition to being a public health researcher, Saima is the founder and producer of Always Love Lucy Theatre, which has been running for three years and recently wrapped its fourth production, “Hello to Rose: One Act Plays by Tennessee Williams.
After connecting on Instagram, That’s So Manhattan spoke with Saima to learn more about her views of New York:
That’s So Manhattan: What brought you to New York?
SH: Right now, I live in Bed-Stuy. I have been here five years and lately I see a lot of girls living out their Lena Dunham moment on the corners in a way that was not here even a year ago. I am getting ready to move out. I’ve lived in Astoria for six years and Morningside Heights for two, so now I’m thinking of trying the Bronx or Staten Island, as I have not lived in either of those boroughs yet.
SH: I began it 3 years ago when I read Arthur Miller’s memoir Timebends, and I read that in the 1980s he produced his play Death of a Salesman in Beijing with an all Chinese cast and then wrote a whole other book, Salesman in Beijing, about the experience. It inspired me to produce Death of a Salesman with the Lomans as South Asians. We also did Pygmalion with Eliza transforming into Elijah, and five one-act plays by Tennessee Williams. We closed the latest in July 2017. We were sold out!
SH: The answer changes depending on where in Manhattan. But I would say, overall, it’s beautiful architecture and parks. This place is visually stunning.