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167 TONGUES explores the emotional geography of Jackson Heights, the most culturally diverse neighborhood in the world.  Intermittent street scenes weave together alongside continuous stories in this 37-character play.  An Indian sweet shop vendor struggles to keep her store going and her suitors at bay, a Nepali woman and a Mexican man fall in love across a linguistic divide, an Irish ghost befriends a troubled Ecuadorian girl and her Bangladeshi best friend, a Dominican manicurist wonders whether her Jewish-Chinese boyfriend will propose before she is deported by the INS, and a Rwandan night nurse attempts to understand the 167 distinct languages spoken in the local Emergency Room.

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