Tala Ashe, Greg Keller, Nadine Malouf and Bernard White to Star in LCT3's THE WHO & THE WHAT
Tala Ashe, Greg Keller, Nadine Malouf and Bernard White will be featured in the upcoming LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater New York premiere production of The Who & The What, by Ayad Akhtar, directed by Kimberly Senior. The Who & The What begins previews Saturday, May 31, opens Monday, June 16 and will run through Sunday, July 13 at the Claire Tow Theater (150 West 65th Street). All tickets will be $20.
The Who & The What tells the story of Zarina (Nadine Malouf), a brilliant and outspoken Pakistani-American writer, who goes to great lengths to please her family, even dating a convert to Islam (Greg Keller) to please her traditional father (Bernard White). But when her father and sister (Tala Ashe) read the manuscript of Zarina's novel about women and Islam, a confrontation ensues which threatens to tear their family apart for good.
Ayad Akhtar won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play Disgraced, which enjoyed an extended run when it was produced by LCT3 last season. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed novel American Dervish and the play The Invisible Hand. He co-authored and starred in the film The War Within, which was released internationally, and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay. As an actor, he starred in HBO's adaptation of Andrew Ross Sorkin's Too Big To Fail.
Kimberly Senior directed Disgraced last season at LCT3, as well as the play's world premiere at Chicago's American Theater Company. She is a Chicago-based director whose credits include productions at Steppenwolf, Strawdog, American Blues and Next Theatres. She is an Artistic Associate at Next Theatre, Strawdog Theatre, and Chicago Dramatists.
LCT3's 2013-2014 season is supported by generous grants from The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, Ford Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Time Warner Foundation.