West Coast Premier

Deep Cut

by Karim Alrawi

An Inquiry into Cultural Relativism

Deep Cut

Social values fall short and cultures clash. A tormented daughter confronts her liberal father. Why does their relationship mirror our nation’s selective intervention policy?

Andrew, a liberal American psychiatrist, and Jennifer are a bit anxious about announcing their engagement to Farah, Andrew’s estranged daughter from his first marriage to an Egyptian woman, Nadia who passed away several years ago. Farah is frustrated in an unhappy marriage and has recently learned through therapy that she was circumcised at the age of eight. Farah is shocked by the discovery that her father consented to her circumcision. When she asks why he did nothing to stop it, Andrew explains that it was out of respect for her mother’s culture. As someone who is intensely aware of the horrors that have resulted when one culture imposes its will on another, Andrew firmly believes that it would have been wrong of him to impose his own beliefs on the traditional practices of his wife’s culture. A wider context is brought to bear on the stormy conflict by a young Chinese surgeon and patient of the psychiatrist’s who was tortured during the events at Tiananman Square.

July 14, 2001 - July 29, 2001

Thick House

1695 18th St., San Francisco

Written by Karim Alrawi

Directed by Hal Gelb

Featuring Phoebe Moyer*, Terry Lamb*, Wayne Lee, Louis Parnell*, Atosa Babaoff

Design Team: Dave Gardner (scenic), Tom Ontiveros (lighting), Arsham Moadabian (sound), Maria Zamroud (costumes & props)

Winner of Best New Play Award

Deep Cut is produced by special arrangement with Bruce Oslier, Bret Adama, LTD, New York.

Previously produced at La Mama (NY, 1996) and Wooly Mammoth (DC, 1995).

Cast & Crew

Karim Alrawi


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Hal Gelb


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CA Arts Council, Zellerbach Family Fund

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