Monday, March 9, 2009

Compelling Performance at the Wang, Stony Brook University, March 26, 7pm

The U.S. Premiere of a Provocative Performance on the Many Faces of Islam


Performance, Thursday, March 26, 7:00 pm, Wang Theater
Lecture Demonstration, Wednesday, March 25, 7:00 pm, Wang Center

A Texan retraces his forgotten childhood in Pakistan
A loving Arab father leaves a touching message for his son
A pissed off hijab-wearing young British Bangladeshi woman mouths off
A transvestite prostitute from the Bombay slums finds divinity and love
A hip hop "gangsta" from Detroit bonds with his cousins in Saudi Arabia

These are just a few of the compelling personalities and idiosyncratic stories
that come alive in Riz Mirza's inimitable exploration of his Muslim heritage at
time when Islamophobia is high.

With irreverent humor, scalding insight, and deft character sketches,
stereotypes are challenged, boundaries are pushed, and long-held notions are
unabashedly questioned in this provocative solo piece. Mirza interweaves
these monologues with stories from his own humorous and often precarious
upbringing in The Bronx.

The Wang Center is proud to premiere KORANIC FATIGUE in the U.S.


Riz Mirza is a performance artist with roots in New York and New Delhi, India.
He tours with the Builders Association, an award winning, cutting edge, multi-
media theatrical company, performing throughout the globe in ALLADEEN,

Riz Mirza has been performing in the contemporary theatre scene in New York
for several years in venues such as Brookyn Academy of Music, Theatre for
the New City, The Joseph Papp Public Theatre and The Asia Society as well as
internationally.. Rizwan also toured with IN WHAT LANGUAGE? an urban
spoken word opera with pianist Vijay Iyer and librettist Mike Ladd (including
REDCAT, Los Angeles, New World Theatre, Amherst, PICA, Portland and The
Painted Bride, Philadelphia.)

Riz also composes and sings and some of his music can be heard in the Fox
feature film "Kid Bang". He is now producing his screenplay "The Kabab King"
into a feature film.

Riz Mirza's KORANIC FATIGUE is unique, edgy, relevant, and NOT to be missed!

"Rizwan Mirza is disarmingly charming" – San Francisco Chronicle

"(Mirza is) hilarious" – Theatermania

Co-sponsored with WSHU and the South Asian Student Alliance

Tickets for performance: $25 for VIP; $15 for general admission; $10 for
students/seniors. Lec-dem is free.

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