Undesirable Elements/Dearborn


About the Production

In this interview-based production, six Arab American women shed light on the history and future of Dearborn, Michigan, home to one of the largest and oldest Arab American communities in the country. Undesirable Elements/Dearborn explores issues of identity, immigration, assimilation, racism, and the impact of Islamophobia in Dearborn.

Production Team And Cast

Directed by

Sara Zatz and Sherrine Azab

Written by

Sara Zatz and Sherrine Azab, in collaboration with the performers

Lighting Design

Chantel Gaidica

Sound Design

Kris Truzzi

Projection Design

Jake Hooker

Stage Manager

Jessie Balaka


Salam Aboulhassan; Rasha Ahmed Almulaiki; Shahad Atiya; Mary Kamal Gagnon; Layla Elabed; Nuzmeya Bader Elder, PhD


Arab American National Museum


This production was supported by the Building Bridges Program, the grant-making arm of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, which is an extension of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.