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Raisins not Virgins on ELECTION DAY - 7:00PM at SALAAM

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    What better way to celebrate electing bigoted, duplicitous politicians out of office than to watch a play about how jihad wreaks havoc on a girl s love life?
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      "What better way to celebrate electing bigoted, duplicitous politicians out of office than to watch a play about how jihad wreaks havoc on a girl's love life?  I can't think of any!"  --The playwright's mother and theatre aficionada

      Tuesday, November 5, 2002 - 7:00 PM

      SALAAM Theatre
      Geeta Citygirl, Artistic Director
      presents a staged reading of

      Sharbari Z. Ahmed's
      Raisins not Virgins

      A funny and provocative new play about a young Muslim-American woman's spiritual journey, set against a backdrop of inner conflict, political turmoil and New York dating angst.

      featuring Gita Reddy, Puja Lalmalani, Sunita S. Mukhi, Rizwan Mirza, Trey Teufel and Swati Khurana.

      A fresh and often hilarious take on how passionate idealism can wreak havoc on one's love life, this social comedy tells the story of a 29-year-old Muslim-American woman in New York City. Despite being smart, apolitical, acerbic, well-heeled and lonely, she keeps losing boyfriends to causes and destinies beyond what she can offer. The title "Raisins Not Virgins" refers to a sermon in the Holy Q'uran that states anyone wishing to martyr themselves in the name of Allah will be rewarded in paradise with countless virgins. In a re-translation of specific passages, it has been suggested that the word "virgins" really means "raisins", giving rise to various hilarious possibilities.

      Q&A with the cast and writer plus our traditional SALAAM raffle and reception with hot appetizers, wine, soda and good conversation to follow.  What an evening it shall be.

      SALAAM at AAWW
      16 West 32nd Street - 10th floor
      Between Fifth Avenue and Broadway
      Manhattan, NYC

      Admission: $10 (includes one complimentary raffle ticket - additional raffle tickets can be purchased for $1/ticket)
      Reservations RECOMMENDED:
      Phone: 212.330.8097
      Email: rsvp@...

      The raffle prize for this event is complimentary tickets to the upcoming IAAC Film Festival: The Indian Diaspora happening from November 6 - 10, 2002 at the Clearview Cinema at 239 East 59th Street (Between 2nd and 3rd Avenues).  Check www.iaac.us for updates.  SALAAM is pleased to be co-sponsoring one of the screenings on Sunday, November 10th at 12 noon.  It's Anant Singh's "Cry The Beloved Country" starring James Earl Jones and Richard Harris.  We are pleased to confirm James Earl Jones for our postscreening discussion (Moderated by Eugene Nesmith).  More info to follow.

      And remember to mark your calendars for SALAAM 3rd Mondays on November 18th!
      SALAAM is a not-for-profit professional theatre company celebrating South Asian American artistic excellence through creative risk-taking and experimentation that challenges all boundaries, connects all peoples and links all the arts.

      Geeta Citygirl, Artistic Director
      SALAAM  (South Asian League of Artists in AMerica)

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