The Who and the What

by Ayad Akhtar

Premieres 14/01/2017


Zarina, a young woman from a family of Pakistani origin in Atlanta, is writing a book about the Prophet. She asks questions about who he was as a person, about his passions, and about the image Islam has created of him. The topic is full of potential conflict – also for the fictional author in Ayad Akthar’s new play. Her father, a pious Muslim, made his fortune in America and now owns a third of all the taxis in the city. Since his wife died, he has dedicated himself entirely to providing for the welfare of his daughters. He tries to arrange marriages for them, even creating a personal ad in Zarina’s name and checking all the possible candidates himself. All is well until he comes upon Zarina’s manuscript. He repudiates her because of the book’s alleged blasphemy. The family falls apart.

After the successful production of »Geächtet« (»Disgraced«) we will be showing the German-language premiere of Ayad Akhtar’s latest play.

With: Lina Beckmann, Paul Herwig, Josefine Israel, Ernst Stötzner

Directed by Karin Beier Set Design: Franz Dittrich Costume Design: Maria Roers Music: Arvild J. Baud Lightning Design: Rebekka Dahnke Dramaturgy: Jörg Bochow Sound Design: Shorty Gerriets, André Bouchekir

The World Premier of »The Who and the What« produced in 2014 by La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla, California. Christopher Ashley, Artistic Director & Michael S. Rosenberg, Managing Director. Produced by LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater, New York City, 2014