Francis Benhamou, Tala Ashe, and Babak Tafti star in Zayd Dohrn's The Profane, directed by Kip Fagan, at Playwrights Horizons.
Francis Benhamou, Tala Ashe, and Babak Tafti star in Zayd Dohrn's The Profane, directed by Kip Fagan, at Playwrights Horizons.
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The cast and crew of Playwrights Horizons' The Profane met the press at their rehearsal studio on Tuesday, February 14. The new play from Zayd Dohrn is scheduled to run March 17-April 30 with opening night set for April 9. Kip Fagan directs.

The cast features Tala Ashe (Troilus and Cressida), Francis Benhamou (I Call My Brothers), Ramsey Faragallah (Homeland), Ali Reza Farahnakian (Homebody/Kabul), Lanna Joffrey (Richard III: Born With Teeth), Heather Raffo (Nine Parts of Desire), and Babak Tafti (Small Mouth Sounds).

The Profance is described as follows: Safe in the liberal fortress of Manhattan, Raif Almedin (Farahnakian) is a first-generation immigrant who prides himself on his modern, enlightened views.  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.

Sets for the production are designed by Takeshi Kata, with costume design by Jessica Pabst; lighting design by Matt Frey; and sound design by Brandon Wolcott.

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