Manhattan Rep Presents Mohammed Saad Ali's CANAAN, 11/06
Mohammed Saad Ali is quickly becoming a leading playwright in depicting the experience of the latest oppressed immigrant - the Muslim. His play, "Old Men are Full of Sh*t," depicting the story of a kiosk employee faced with deportation, won all three awards in its category at the 2014 Midtown International Theatre Festival. Now, "CANAAN," following the lives of an impoverished Pakistani family will have its premiere at the Manhattan Rep.
The cast features Yasmine Benjelloun, Molly Baggs Gyllenhaal, and the playwright as a destitute family in need of cash quickly due to a new "situation" the family must weather.
Mohammed Saad Ali is a member of Brooklyn M Center Playwrights Workshop known for being the springboard to emerging playwrights. Ted Montuori's play "Curtain Rods" and Robert Liebowitz short subject, "Grande Grande" had their premieres through the workshop and filmmaker Christopher Sirota's surreal work, "Pull the Trigger" recently premiered at the MITF's Short Play Lab series. The M Center fosters an acting and vocal program which supplies the same opportunities to singers and actors.
Mohammed Saad Ali has two other works in consideration at the moment.
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