by Zahra Noorbakhsh
Zahra Noorbakhsh flies in from Planet Islam, home of the Muslim world, to speak on behalf of her people, all 1.8 whoever-billion of them. Growing up, Zahra’s never felt like enough of anything to be speaking on behalf of anyone, and most days she doesn’t even feel smart enough to be Muslim! But that’s precisely why she’s got this show. In her 15-year career in stand-up, she’s been a walking Q&A. So, for two nights in June, she’s taking the stage to definitively answer the questions that she has. In her signature inquisitive and unapologetic style, Zahra takes us on an adventure you can’t afford to miss.
Following two years of development, Iranian American comedian and co-host of internationally acclaimed podcast, #GoodMuslimBadMuslim – a “must listen” by Oprah Magazine – Zahra will perform the world premiere of her hour-long comedy special. Directed by Lisa Marie Rollins, one of 10 artists honored by KQED Arts’s Bay Brilliant series in 2018, and dramaturgy by Award-winning Iranian American dramaturg, Nakissa Etemad.
June 21, 2019 - June 22, 2019
Brava Theater Center
2781 24th Street, San Francisco
$25 General Admission | $50 Friend of the Arts
Written by Zahra Noorbakhsh
Directed by Lisa Marie Rollins
Dramaturgy by Nakissa Etemad
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Please note: These performances will be video recorded for possible broadcast.
“Zahra’s voice is an asset in the polarizing and often violent political turmoil we live in as Americans today.” —W. Kamau Bell
It’s Not This Muslim Comedian’s Job to Open Your Mind
Zahra wrote an opinion piece for The New York Times about the dangers of “we’re just like you” comedy.
In A Climate Of Fear, A Comedian Remembers What Makes Her Brave
On Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Zahra remembers a childhood experience to find the courage to continue to perform live in the face of rising anti-Muslim rhetoric.
KQED Arts: Women to Watch
In 2017, Zahra was honored by KQED Arts as one of “20 Bay Area women artists, creatives and makers who are pushing boundaries in 2017.”
Creative Team: CAITLIN MCFANN (Stage Manager), MICHELLE MULHOLLAND (Costume Designer) ARDALAN PAYVAR (Graphic & Projection Designer), DEREK SCHMIDT (Sound Designer), KIMIYA SHOKRI (Assistant Director), GRISEL TORRES (Lighting Designer & Production Manager)