THE WHO & THE WHAT
From left to right: Andre Nelson (Eli), Monika Jolly (Zarina), Haley Alaji (Mahwish) and Abhijeet Rane (Afzal)
By Ayad Akhtar
Brilliant Pakistani-American writer Zarina is focused on finishing her novel about women and Islam when she meets Eli, a young convert who bridges the gulf between her modern life and her traditional heritage. But when her conservative father and sister discover her controversial manuscript, they are all forced to confront the beliefs that define them. From Ayad Akhtar, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of Disgraced, THE WHO AND THE WHAT is a thrillingly fierce and funny new play about identity, religion and the contradictions that make us who we are.
September 7 – October 1, 2017
Co-produced with Pratidhwani
Directed by Samip Raval
FIRST LOOK with Mathew Wright
Join us Tuesday, August 22 at 7:30pm for FIRST LOOK: THE WHO & THE WHAT, the first of the 2017-18 I AM Season. An audience favorite, these free events take you inside the creative process and let you engage directly with the artists behind each production.
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