Pulitzer Winner Ayad Akhtar's The Who & The What Begins Off-Broadway

By Adam Hetrick
31 May 2014

Nadine Malouf
Nadine Malouf

Tala Ashe, Greg Keller, Nadine Malouf and Bernard White star in the LCT3 New York premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner Ayad Akhtar's The Who & The What, which begins performances May 31 in the Claire Tow Theater.

Directed by Kimberly Senior, The Who & The What will officially open June 16. Performances are scheduled through July 13.

Akhtar won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play Disgraced, which was produced by LCT3 last season. The Who & The What had its world premiere in February at the La Jolla Playhouse, where it was developed as part of the theatre's 2013 DNA New Work Series.

Here's how the play is billed: "The Who & The What tells the story of Zarina (Malouf), a brilliant and outspoken Pakistani-American writer, who goes to great lengths to please her family, even dating a convert to Islam (Keller) to please her traditional father (White). But when her father and sister (Ashe) read the manuscript of Zarina's novel about women and Islam, a confrontation ensues which threatens to tear their family apart for good."



The LCT3 staging has sets by Jack Magaw, costumes by Emily Rebholz, lighting by Japhy Weideman and sound by Jill BC Du Boff.

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