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Kawa Ada

Kawa Ada is an actor, playwright, and filmmaker living in Toronto. He was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, and moved to Canada with his family while still a child. He is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory. Primarily known as an actor, Ada plans to devote more time to writing plays once he completes his role in The 39 Steps in late August 2016.

The Wanderers book cover


The Wanderers

Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press, 2016.
PS8601 .D32 W35 2016

Publisher’s Synopsis (from its website)

It’s 1978 and Aman and Mariam have fled to Canada in hopes of putting an ocean between themselves and the daily horrors of life in war-torn Afghanistan. A championship chess player in Kabul, Aman finds himself working in a pizza place for a boss who taunts him with insensitive verbal jabs. Their fresh start continues to prove difficult as they navigate the trauma and displacement that follows them at every turn, and when their son Roshon is born, their curse of displacement is passed on to the next generation. The family’s only hope for a peaceful future might be Mariam’s past, as her strange family mythology becomes a source of power. Is her love strong enough to keep Aman and Roshon from destroying themselves or each other?


Kawa Ada interview with

Publisher Playwrights Canada Press