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“A Muslim in The Midst”

  • INSTITUTO CERVANTES 31 West Ohio Street Chicago, IL, 60654 United States (map)

Country: India

Title: “A Muslim in The Midst”

Playwright: Anand Rao

Director: Emily Antoff 

Partner: Rasaka Theatre

Synopsis: September 14, 2001: Three days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on American soil, on the other side of the world in the Silicon Valley of India, Bangalore, a poor Muslim family is stranded. Desperate to reach a relative’s home in a distant suburb, the new immigrants to the city are struggling to find a ride late in the night. Watching them closely from inside a car is an American-Indian Hindu couple, executives of American companies. The westernized and affluent couple offers to take the traditional and rural Muslim couple along. In the car, their conversation quickly takes an unexpected turn. Fueled by a pro and anti-Islamic rhetoric and warnings about potential terror threats playing on the radio, the characters fight with their prejudices and fears even as they attempt to look beyond the obvious differences and worldview to unravel a common fellowship based on humanity.

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 Playwright: Anand Rao

Playwright: Anand Rao

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