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An Ordinary Muslim


A new drama that follows a young London couple trying to reconcile the expectations of their parents and the traditions of their Pakistani heritage with the pressures of living in a modern, Western society.

From the producers: Balancing the high expectations of the previous generation, the doctrines of their Muslim community, and the demands of secular Western culture, Azeem Bhatti and his wife Saima struggle to straddle the gap between their Pakistani heritage and their British upbringing. Making his professional debut, playwright Hammaad Chaudry explores what it means to be "An Ordinary Muslim." With deep compassion, Hammaad brings to life a recognizable and unforgettable family, and with sharp intellect asks potent questions about the challenges of integration and assimilation for immigrants in today’s global world. As witnesses, we will all be forced to confront pressing questions about the nature of belonging and our own internal prejudices about that which is “other.”

Playwright Hammaad Chaudry's work has been staged both in the U.K. and U.S. including The Royal Court Theatre in London, The New York Theatre Workshop, The Pershing Square Signature Center and The Flea Theater. His plays include "Salaam, Mr. Bush," "Tokens," "Kismat" and "God Willing." "An Ordinary Muslim" has been developed under the close mentorship of Tony Kushner ("Angels in America").

Leading the cast are Purva Bedi and Sanjit De Silva, who are joined by Angel Desai, Andrew Hovelson, Harsh Nayya, Sathya Sridharan, Ranjit Chowdhry and Rita Wolf. Obie Award winner Jo Bonney directs.

What's New York Theatre Workshop? NYTW is one of the more adventurous subscription theaters in the city. Located in the heart of the East Village, it presents a healthy mix of internationally-inflected and avant-garde work, most of which is developed in-house, with a few shows brought in whole-hog. Successful productions range from the premiere of "Rent" in 1996 to the 2012 Tony-winning musical "Once." More here.






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