Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity
Ping Chong + Company
WHEN: Friday, October 12, at 1 & 7PM
WHERE: The Theatre at RVCC, 118 Lamington Road, Branchburg
With stark simplicity and a narrative that feels remarkably relevant to the moment, Beyond Sacred stages the personal and complex stories of five young Muslim New Yorkers at a time of increasing Islamophobia. This interview-based theater production illuminates the daily experiences of individuals who reflect a wide range of Muslim identities, yet share the commonality of coming of age after 9/11 and of being the "other" in America. Together, their true stories create a beautiful, funny, and intensely poignant cry for tolerance at a time when such sentiments are more necessary than ever.
Beyond Sacred was developed through a community-engaged process as part of Ping Chong + Company's Undesirable Elements series, which celebrated its 25 year anniversary in 2017-18. Undesirable Elements is an ongoing series of oral history theater works exploring the effects of history, culture and ethnicity on the lives of individuals in a community.