by Ghazi Albuliwi
directed by Saheem Ali
Tuesday, December 19 | 2pm
Linda Gross Theater | 336 West 20th Street
Atheist. Metrosexual. Vegetarian. Recovering 12 step-programmer. Broadway musical star. Meet Sayed Al-Mansur. An Arab with a Jewish sense of humor. He’s just been deported to Islamistan for all the wrong reasons after a major terrorist attack. Now he must confront his past, present, and future in a repressive Islamic state ruled by a fanatical dictator. Will this neurotic New Yorker survive his exile and finish his newest musical about the Prophet Muhammad before it’s too late?
GHAZI ALBULIWI (Playwright). Born in the Middle East and raised in Brooklyn, Albuliwi started standup comedy at the age of seventeen and soon was performing at major clubs around New York City. His autobiographical film titled West Bank Brooklyn was selected to world premiere at the AFI Film Festival in Los Angeles. Albuliwi’s film became the hit of the festival circuit playing notable national and international festivals. He would go on to be named by Filmmaker Magazine as one of the ‘Top 25 New Faces of Indie film.’ His latest feature comedy Peace after Marriage which he is writer/director and lead actor won the Tribeca Film Institutes “Creative Promise Award” during the Tribeca film festival. Recently he was awarded The Kevin Spacey Foundation 2015 ‘Artist of Choice Award’ in theater for his comedic feature length play Highly Suspect, which was presented with The New Group as a workshop production this past year. He was also a finalist for the 2015 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences prestigious Nicholl Fellowship for his comedy feature screenplay Arafat. He has performed live on NPR’s “Snap Judgement” storytelling series and was featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, and Wall Street Journal for his humor and writings.
SAHEEM ALI (Director). Originally from Nairobi, Kenya, Saheem is a director of plays and musicals with an emphasis on new work. Recent credits include Twelfth Night (The Public), Kill Move Paradise (National Black Theater), Nollywood Dreams (Cherry Lane), Dot (Detroit Public Theater), The Booty Call (Inner Voices) and A Lesson From Aloes (Juilliard). He has workshopped new plays at Playwrights Realm, MCC, New York Stage & Film and PEN World Voices. He has co-written two musicals with composer Michael Thurber: The Booty Call (Roundabout Underground Reading Series) and Goddess (O’Neill Musical Theater Conference). He was the Associate Director of The Tempest at the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park. He is a Usual Suspect and former Directing Fellow at New York Theatre Workshop.