Raisins Not Virgins is a tale of spiritual and political turmoil set against a backdrop of New York dating angst. It traces the hilarious journey and jihad of a young American-Muslim woman as she traverses the minefields of identity and love. Sahar Salam is a 29 year old, apolitical, well-heeled, and lonely New York advertising professional who loses her boyfriend to causes and ideologies greater than she is willing to admit. This loss forces her to confront a lifelong resentment against the religion of her birth, Islam. It also marks the beginning of her personal jihad, which, for Sahar, involves a great deal of drinking and a dubious flirtation with the world of art.
The title refers to a controversial Koranic verse that supposedly states a Muslim martyr will receive the reward of virgins in heaven. Recent interpretations have found that the arabic word more accurately translates into raisin, specifically raisins of "startling white clarity". The latter translation may have more credence given the high premium placed on a good raisin at the time.
September 23 and 24; 27 and 28 October 1; 6, 7 and 8;
12, 13, 14 and 15**
Weekdays at 8pm
Saturdays at 9pm
(**Except October 15 at 8pm)
Extension Dates: October 20, 21,22 at 8 pm
Box Office Hours: 7:15 pm night of shows
Group Sales Number (10+): 212-695-4173, ex 1
Appropriate For Ages: teens and up