Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity

Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity
November 02, 2016 8:00 PM

Photograph by Adam Nadel

Ping Chong + Company

Wednesday, November 2, 8:00 p.m.


Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity is part of an ongoing series of community-specific oral history theatre works known as the “Undesirable Elements” series. Begun in 1992 by Ping Chong + Company, each production is made by a specific community, with local participants testifying to their real lives and experiences. The script is based on interviews with the participants who then share their stories and truths in the final production. Since 1992, more than 50 productions have been made across the United States and abroad.

Meet the Performers:

Tiffany Yasmin Abdelghani, 28, was raised in Florida and Georgia, and is of Trinidadian descent. She is pursuing her Associate’s Degree at LaGuardia Community College in Queens, NY.

Ferdous Dehqan, 20, originally from Afghanistan, is attending SUNY Binghamton, studying pre-law (Political Science Major), and wants to practice public interest law.

Kadin Herring, 24, is originally from South Carolina and is of Trinidadian and African American descent. He is a visual storyteller and cultural curator in New York.

Amir Khafagy, 25, is originally from Jackson Heights, Queens, and is of Puerto Rican and Egyptian heritage. He is a Masters student in Urban Studies at Queens College, and is currently participating in the New York Union Semester at CUNY’s Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies.

Maha Syed, 30, is Pakistani-American. She was raised internationally, living in over a dozen countries throughout her childhood. She has a Master of International Affairs (MIA), Human Rights, Gender Policy, South Asia from Columbia University, and is the Director of Programs at an economic development nonprofit community organization in Queens.

“…a lesson in human understanding, drawn from real lives… a probing and persuasive new work of interview-based theater” – The New York Times

Laura Collins-Hughes of the [New York Times] writes “The happiness that lit up the otherwise very serious face of a 19-year-old Afghan immigrant — a real person, not a character — in Ping Chong + Company’s Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity, when he spoke of making his first American friend. This made me cry. How could it not?”

Press Coverage

DC Metro Theater Arts


Beyond Sacred Documentary Short from LaGuardia Performing Arts Center on Vimeo.


  • Contact: Paul Douglas Michnewicz, Arts and Events Director
  • Phone: 703-390-6167
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