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Santa Barbara Debut

Ping Chong + Company

Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity
(2016/2017 Performing Arts)

Sat, Nov 19
8:00 PM

Written by Ping Chong and Sara Zatz, with Ryan Conarro
In collaboration with the performers: Tiffany Yasmin Abdelghani, Ferdous Dehqan, Kadin Herring, Amir Khafagy and Maha Syed
Directed by Ping Chong


“Ping Chong [is] a visionary citizen artist.” – National Endowment for the Arts

Beyond Sacred is an exercise in empathy, not polemics: a lesson in human understanding, drawn from real lives.” The New York Times

This interview-based theater production explores the diverse experiences of Muslim communities in the United States. The five cast members 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 from a range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds and Muslim identities – those who have converted to Islam; those who were raised Muslim, but have since left the faith; those who identify as “culturally” Muslim; and those who are observant on a daily basis – weave together personal, historical and political narratives to foster greater understanding.

Meet-the-Artist with Ping Chong
Wed, Nov 16 / 4 PM – 5 PM / Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Co-presented with Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Free and open to the public

“Growing Up Muslim in the U.S.” discussion with cast of Beyond Sacred
Fri, Nov 18 / 5 PM - 7 PM / UCSB MultiCultural Center Lounge
Free and open to the public
Co-presented with the UCSB Muslim Students Association, the Interfaith Initiative of Santa Barbara County and the UCSB MultiCultural Center

The Lynda and Bruce Thematic Learning Initiative: Creating a Better World




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