If we only knew about the Hijra maybe we would not have initially found Public Obscenities so weird. Like many Woolly Mammoth plays, Obscenities not only entertained, it stretched my mind.
Unlike playwrite Shayok Misha Chowdhury, let me start off sharing that on the Indian subcontinent, the Hijra are eunuchs, intersex people, or transgender people. Similar to US law since 2007, the Hijra are officially recognized as a third gender throughout countries in the Indian subcontinent. In 2021, Bangladesh introduced its first transgender TV anchor, Tashnuva Anan, who happens to be in the play!
Woolly bills the performance as Choton returning to Kolkata, India on a research trip with his Black American boyfriend Raheem to interview queer locals while showing Raheem his world.