The Profane, About Muslim Immigrants, Finds Its Cast

Off-Broadway News   The Profane, About Muslim Immigrants, Finds Its Cast
Zayd Dohrn’s timely new play is set to receive its world premiere Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons.
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Playwrights Horizons has announced casting for the world premiere of Zayd Dohrn’s The Profane, about the clashing ideologies of two Muslim families living in New York. The debut staging is directed by Kip Fagan, with an official opening set for April 9.

Babak Tafti
Babak Tafti

Previews will begin March 17 at the company’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater. The cast will be made up of Tala Ashe (Troilus and Cressida, The Who & the What, Urge for Going), Francis Benhamou (I Call My Brothers, Invasion!, Inside Amy Schumer), Ramsey Faragallah (The School for Scandal, Betrayed, Homeland), Ali Reza Farahnakian (Homebody/Kabul, Delocated, 30 Rock), Lanna Joffrey (Richard III: Born with Teeth, Sad and Merry Sadness, Sonnet Walks), Heather Raffo (Nine Parts of Desire, Palace of the End, Food and Fadwa), and Babak Tafti (Small Mouth Sounds, North Pool, Orange Is the New Black).

“Safe in the liberal fortress of Manhattan, Raif Almedin (Farahnakian) is a first-generation immigrant who prides himself on his modern, enlightened views,“ read production notes for The Profane. “But when his daughter (Ashe) falls for the son (Tafti) of a conservative Muslim family in White Plains, he discovers the threshold of his tolerance. Two families are forced to confront each other’s religious beliefs and cultural traditions, and to face their own deep-seated prejudice.“

The Off-Broadway engagement is scheduled to play through April 30.

The production will feature scenic design by Takeshi Kata, costume design by Jessica Pabst, lighting design by Matt Frey, and sound design by Brandon Wolcott. Production stage manager is Shane Schnetzler.

Dohrn’s plays include Outside People (The Vineyard/Naked Angels), Want (Steppenwolf First Look), Sick (Berkshire Theatre Festival/National New Play Network), and Reborning (The Public/SPF).

Single tickets will go on sale February 14 and can be purchased online via and, by phone at (212) 279-4200, and in person at the Ticket Central Box Office, located at 416 West 42nd Street, New York.


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