A racist incident that my mother experienced in early 2018 prompted me to write an autobiographical solo show based on my experiences growing up and living in America after moving from Mumbai to rural Upstate New York. The show brings to life the joy, humor and pain of the assimilation process from mimicking 80s fashion and studying Judy Blume books to constructing a new American persona altogether. Through a series of reflections on Indian and American cultures, I hope to stimulate positive conversation about the racial biases we all carry, and the disproportionate burden placed on immigrants. We are living in extraordinary times when the country is struggling and divided over issues of race and identity. This show was difficult to write and even more difficult to share. However, I recognize the importance of adding my voice to the conversation now more than ever. Part coming-of-age tale, part social commentary and part comedy, American Rookie grapples with what it means to be an immigrant at a time when the country can’t stop talking about it.