by Ayad Akhtar

Directed by Joe York


Amir Kapoor is a successful Pakistani-American lawyer who is rapidly moving up the corporate ladder while distancing himself from his cultural roots. Emily, his wife, is white; she's an artist, and her work is influenced by Islamic imagery. When the couple hosts a dinner party, what starts out as a friendly conversation escalates into something far more damaging.
From Dramatists Play Service

A continuously engaging, vitally engaged play about thorny questions of identity and religion in the contemporary world, with an accent on the incendiary topic of how radical Islam and the terrorism it inspires have affected the public discourse. In dialogue that bristles with wit and intelligence, Mr. Akhtar…puts contemporary attitudes toward religion under a microscope, revealing how tenuous self-image can be for people born into one way of being who have embraced another…Mr. Akhtar’s cut-crystal dialogue is so stimulating. Everyone has been told that politics and religion are two subjects that should be off limits at social gatherings. But watching Mr. Akhtar’s characters rip into these forbidden topics, there’s no arguing that they make for ear-tickling good theater.
— The New York Times

Audition dates and times

Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 7pm
Monday, November 13, 2017 at 7pm

Riverside Arts Center
67 N. Huron
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Please dress for movement.

Performance dates

There will be eight (8) performances from February 22–March 3, 2018 at the Riverside Arts Center. There will be one Sunday matinee (February 25) and one Wednesday matinee (February 28).


Amir (30s to 40s): Successful corporate lawyer who doesn't advertise that he is of Pakistani & Muslim descent.

Emily (30s to 40s): Caucasian Christian artist using Islamic motifs. Wants to make a big splash on the NYC art scene. Married to Amir.

Abe (under 30): Amir's nephew whose given name is Hussain. Wants to fit in.

Jory (30s to 40s): High-powered African American woman and lawyer. In a comparable position to Amir's at the same law firm. 

Isaac (30s to 40s): Proprietor of a prestigious gallery considering Emily's work.


Contact Joe York (Director) at 734.646.2713 or Natalie Aguirre (Producer) at 734.255.1533.