An Ordinary Muslim Begins Previews at NYTW

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The new play by Hammaad Chaudry looks at what it means to balance heritage and tradition with the new.
Purva Bedi and Sanjit De Silva
Purva Bedi and Sanjit De Silva

Performances begin February 7 at New York Theatre Workshop for the world premiere of An Ordinary Muslim, written by 2017–18 Tow Foundation Playwright in Residence Hammaad Chaudry and directed by Obie Award winner Jo Bonney. The play follows a young London couple trying to reconcile the expectations of their parents and the traditions of their Pakistani heritage with the pressures of living in a modern, Western society.


Leading the cast will be Purva Bedi (Idiot) and Sanjit De Silva (Troilus and Cressida), who are joined Angel Desai (Peer Gynt and The Norwegian Hapa Band), Andrew Hovelson (The Father), Harsh Nayyar (Chief Zabu), Sathya Sridharan (The Winter’s Tale), Ranjit Chowdhry (Prison Break), and Rita Wolf (The Rug Dealer).

An Ordinary Muslim features scenic design by Neil Patel (Time and the Conways), costume design by Susan Hilferty (Buried Child), lighting design by Lap Chi Chu (The Wolves), sound design by Elisheba Ittoop (Stuffed), and fight direction by Thomas Schall (Six Degrees of Separation). Stephen Gabis (Indecent) serves as dialect coach, with stage management by Lori Ann Zepp (Daphne’s Dive).

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