Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity
Beyond Sacred is an interview-based theatre production by Ping Chong + Company exploring the diverse experiences of young Muslim New Yorkers. The five participants in Beyond Sacred vary in many ways, but share the common experience of coming of age in a post-9/11 New York City, at a time of increasing Islamophobia. Participants come from a range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds and include men and women that reflect a wide range of Muslim identities, including those who have converted to Islam, those who were raised Muslim, but have since left the faith, those who identify as “secular” or “culturally” Muslim, and those who are observant on a daily basis. The goal of Beyond Sacred is to illuminate daily experiences of Muslim New Yorkers, and work towards greater communication and understanding among Muslim and non-Muslim communities in NYC.
Tiffany Yasmin Abdelghani, Ferdous Dehqan, Kadin Herring, Amir Khafagy and Maha Syed
Written by Ping Chong and Sara Zatz, with Ryan Conarro
Projection Designer: Katherine Freer
Lighting Director: Marika Kent
Sound Designer: Kumi Ishizawa
Production Supervisor: Courtney Golden
Company Manager: Kristina Varshavskaya
Beyond Sacred was commissioned by LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, where it premiered in April 2015, with the generous support of APAP and the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art’s Building Bridges Program.
In 2015-2016, with support from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, PCC will extend Beyond Sacred into a touring module with a suite of performances aimed at educational and public audiences.
photo by Adam Nadel