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Heather Raffo, Lanna Joffrey, Francis Benhamou, Babak Tafti, and Ali Reza Farahnakian; photo by Joan Marcus

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Babak Tafti, Lanna Joffrey, and Ramsey Faragallah; photo by Joan Marcus

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Ali Reza Farahnakian and Babak Tafti; photo by Joan Marcus

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Lanna Joffrey, Tala Ashe, and Francis Benhamou; photo by Joan Marcus

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Ali Reza Farahnakian, Francis Benhamou, Babak Tafti, Tala Ashe, and Heather Raffo; photo by Joan Marcus

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Zayd Dohrn photo by Zack DeZon

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The Profane


Peter Jay Sharp Theater

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7:30 PM
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7:30 PM
MAR 19
2:00 PM
7:00 PM
MAR 20MAR 21
7:30 PM
MAR 22
7:30 PM
MAR 23
7:30 PM +
MAR 24
7:30 PM +
MAR 25
2:00 PM
7:30 PM
MAR 26
2:00 PM
7:00 PM +
MAR 27MAR 28
7:30 PM +
MAR 29
7:30 PM +
MAR 30
7:30 PM
30&Under Night
MAR 31
7:30 PM
APR 1
2:00 PM
7:30 PM
APR 2
2:00 PM +
7:00 PM
APR 3APR 4
7:30 PM
APR 5
7:30 PM
APR 6
7:30 PM
APR 7
7:30 PM
APR 8
2:00 PM
7:30 PM
APR 9APR 10APR 11
7:30 PM +
APR 12
7:30 PM
APR 13
7:30 PM +
APR 14
7:30 PM +
APR 15
2:00 PM +
7:30 PM
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2:00 PM +
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7:30 PM +
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7:30 PM +
APR 22
2:00 PM +
7:30 PM
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2:00 PM +
7:00 PM
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7:30 PM +
APR 26
7:30 PM +
APR 27
APR 28
7:30 PM +
APR 29
2:00 PM +
7:30 PM
APR 30
2:00 PM +
7:00 PM
      
Post-Performance Discussion •
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SubPlus and Artistic Director's Circle/Patrons/Gen PH may book beginning Jan 17.
Subscribers and Friends may book beginning Jan 23.
FlexPass holders/Members/Young Members may book beginning Feb 6.
Tickets go on sale to the public Feb 14.

The show runs 1 hour and 45 minutes including an intermission.

Reviews

Playwrights' Perspectives

Playwright's Perspective: The Profane

The two families in The Profane are American. They’re also immigrants, as most Americans are or were, somewhere back in the family tree, navigating the difficulties of assimilation, holding onto some of their traditions and altering others, trying to maintain an authentic identity while becoming something new.

Essay

From the Artistic Director: The Profane

The action in The Profane starts when the daughter of super-urbane and secular Arab-American writer, Raif, announces her engagement to the son of traditional, working-class Arab-American parents. Plays about lovers from divergent backgrounds abound in the history of the theater. We all love a happy ending. But most often, when playwrights introduce marriages into their plays, they are looking for trouble.

Essay

The American Voice: Permanent Revolution

“The Profane” reflects Zayd’s international perspective, his cosmopolitan sensibility, and his keen sensitivity to the often unspoken dynamics that can unite or divide people from different worlds. It is also, like others of his plays, a story about the sometimes maddening difficulty of being a parent.

Essay

Backstory: The Law of the Land

“Who are the secular humanists?” Paul Kurtz, founder of the Council for Secular Humanism, asks. “Perhaps,” he proposes, “everyone who believes in the principles of free inquiry, ethics based upon reason, and a commitment to science, democracy, and freedom. Perhaps even you.”