How does an anxious, asthmatic child of immigrants navigate religion in the American South? “Zara” is a one person show about identity, God, marijuana, and an actual 400-pound gorilla.
Join us this March for the workshop premiere of Zara, a brand new one-person show about race, religion, and identity in the American South. Zara is a comedic account of an anxious, asthmatic Muslim kid’s search meaning and the chance encounters that impacted him, including a friendship with the man who mugged him and a love affair with marijuana. Drawing on personal stories, philosophy, and the history of monotheism, Zara is Andrew Aghapour's story about how identity is inherited and remade in 21st-century America.
The project won the Durham Arts Council’s Catalyst Grant, a program supported by their Annual Arts Fund and the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources. Additionally, “Zara” is supported by UNC Chapel Hill's Performing Arts Special Activities Fund and the Humanities for the Public Good Initiative.
This special workshop premier features a post-show panel with invited community members to provide feedback and answer audience questions. Special guests include Samah Choudhury, JaMeeka Holloway-Burrell, and Dr. Jason Bivins.
**Note: Because this is a special presentation, student and other members of the Mettlesome community must buy tickets if they wish to attend**