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The Profane

Closed April 30, 2017

Brutal, funny, and powerful, Dohrn writes fantastic dialogue, masterfully balancing grit and humor.

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Why See The Profane?

A timely new play examining Muslim families

Following the massively reported immigration ban (and subsequent legal battle) enacted across America's airports, this extremely timely play by Zayd Dohrn about Muslim families arrives in April. Making the much-needed point that we are all different, the story focuses on the different ideologies of two Muslim families making their living in New York City. When a young, liberal Muslim-American woman from Manhattan makes plans to marry the son of a religiously conservative Muslim family in White Plains, the two families clash in ideology and cultural identity, forcing them to confront their own deep-rooted prejudices. What does it mean to be Muslim? Or American?

With a multicultural cast made up from actors in television and stage, the show is directed by Kip Fagan, with scenic design by Takeshi Kata and costume design by Jessica Pabst. This world premiere play comes at a time when racial tensions within the States is at an all-time high, with xenophobia faced on a daily basis from different Muslim communities. This new show is an excellent opportunity to step out of one's comfort zone and and experience cultural difference from a different perspective.

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Previews from: 17 March 2017

Opening night: 9 March 2017


Suitable for ages 12+

And before you stop reading

The image shown is from the Chautauqua Theater Company production

Cast and Creative


Tala Ashe as Emina
Francis Benhamou as Aisa/Dania
Ramsey Faragallah as Peter
Lanna Joffrey as Carmen
Heather Raffo as Naja
Babak Tafti as Sam


Written by Zayd Dohrn
Directed by Kip Fagan

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