Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity

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

Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity is an interview-based theatre production by Ping Chong + Company exploring the diverse experiences of young Muslim New Yorkers, recorded live in The Greene Space in October 2016. 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. 

Watch the performance:

Rebecca Carroll, WNYC's producer for special projects on race, hosted a talkback after the hour-long performance.

Watch the discussion:

Credits:

The Greene Space in association with
Ping Chong + Company

Written by Ping Chong and Sara Zatz, with Ryan Conarro
directed by Ping Chong

in collaboration with the performers:
Tiffany Yasmin Abdelghani, Ferdous Dehqan, Kadin Herring, Amir Khafagy, Maha Syed

Production Supervisor
Courtney Golden

Projection Designer
Katherine Freer

Projections Supervisor
Brendan Chapin

Company Manager
Kristina Varshavskaya

Managing Director, Ping Chong + Company
Bruce Allardice