I Come in Peace & Bootleg Islam
Produced by Eric Krebs in Association with the NY Arab-American Comedy Festival!
"I Come in Peace",
written and performed by Dean Obeidallah
Directed by Negin Farsad
Before 9/11, comedian Dean Obeidallah was living the typical white guy life. He hung out with his white friends and did generic white people stuff. Then 9/11 happened. Dean's life would never be the same.
What is it like to be an Arab-American with a Muslim last name after 9/11? Why did 9/11 transform Dean from a typical white guy to Super Arab? Is the Bush administration listening to his phone calls?
Find out the answers to these questions and more in Dean's comedic one man show "I Come in Peace."
Follow his funny, painful, and truly surprising journey which has taken him from a white guy not in touch with his Arab heritage to "Super Arab."
Written and performed
by NEGIN FARSAD
Developed and directed
by KIMMY GATEWOOD
Bootleg Islam is a comedy about a California-raised Iranian-American girl gallivanting around the streets of Tehran, Iran. She travels to this Middle-Eastern hotbed for a cousin's wedding and discovers how ridiculous oppression can be, how delicious the third world has become and how hard it is to keep a chador on.
A true story told through the eyes of this 20-something, beer-drinking, hamburger-eating, honest-to-god American, Bootleg Islam aims to make political repression hilarious and ottoman toilets acceptable. And, along the way she finds out something about herself and well, let's just say, she comes out on the otherside of a Muslim character arc.
Bootleg Islam offers a glimpse into often misunderstood Iranian society in language New Yorkers and moreover, Americans, can appreciate. The western world tends not to think of Iran in terms of fashion trends, metrosexuality, the Golden Girls, or IKEA furniture but believe it or not, these pieces of Americana are all in Iran, in some form. And, at the end of the day and at the end of the play ostensibly barbaric Muslims seem a lot more like potential Friendsters.
Audiences can expect one woman, Negin Farsad, acting the crap out of the stage. She's going to make herself into a fundamentalist mullah, a revolutionary DJ, a polemical 10 year old, and a 1920's gangster, but to name a few characters. She's going to dance, engage in one-woman stage combat, and use a lot of impressive walking techniques all with an air of theatrical energy and a teaspoon of good ol' fashioned Islamic savvy.
Oh, and you'll see her wearing Islam-compliant outfits.
45th Street Theatre
354 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10036
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|