Ping Chong

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Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity

ABOUT
“A chorus of voices gently demolishing the notion of Muslim culture as monolithic. Beyond Sacred is an exercise in empathy, not polemics: a lesson in human understanding, drawn from real lives.” (The New York Times)

Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity illuminates the daily experiences of five young Muslim Americans who came of age in a post-9/11 society, and are building their lives in a time of continued fear of and violence towards Muslims. The cast members are from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds and 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 “culturally” Muslim, and those who are observant on a daily basis.

“A beautiful, funny, and intensely poignant cry for tolerance” (Santa Barbara Independent), Beyond Sacred supports greater dialogue and understanding among and between Muslim and non-Muslim communities.

TOUR
Beyond Sacred is available for national touring engagements, special events, and conferences through June 2019. Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation fee support is available to eligible presenters in DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, USVI, and WV for engagements hosted July 2018-June 2019.

CONTACT
Deirdre Valente & Lisa Booth LISA BOOTH MANAGEMENT, INC. Tel (212) 921-2114 artslbmi@msn.com

CAST
Tiffany Yasmin Abdelghani, Ferdous Dehqan, Kadin Herring, Amir Khafagy, and Maha Syed

ARTISTIC TEAM
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

PERFORMANCE HISTORY
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.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES
Information Packet
For information about presenting Beyond Sacred, download the packet here.

Video Clips
Short History of Muslims In America
1999-2000: Tiffany, Amir, Ferdous, Maha
2015: New York City
2016: The Election (password = beyondsacred)
Behind the Scenes Documentary (15m)

Press
New York Times (Review)
NPR/ All Things Considered
The Arab Weekly
The Santa Barbara Independent
WNYC

photo by Adam Nadel