Brilliant Pakistani-American writer Zarina is focused on finishing her novel about women and Islam when she meets Eli, a young convert who bridges the gulf between her modern life and her traditional heritage. But when her conservative father and sister discover her controversial manuscript, they are all forced to confront the beliefs that define them. From Ayad Akhtar, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of Disgraced, comes a thrillingly fierce and funny new play about identity, religion and the contradictions that make us who we are.

Generous support for The Who & The What provided by The Shubert Foundation and William & Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Run time is approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes with no intermission. 

Haze will be used during this production. 

MTC provides advisories for each production regarding special effects that may affect patron health and physical sensitivities as necessary. MTC does not provide advisories relating to content, because content sensitivities vary from patron to patron. If you have questions about content, please contact the box office prior to purchasing your tickets as we do not offer refunds to patrons who choose not to see a show based on subject matter. 

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Performance Schedule

Press Opening Night 

Tuesday, March 5, 7:30pm. 
Opening nights are not available for sale online. Seating is extremely limited.   

Questions? Please contact the Box Office directly: 
(415) 388-5208 | boxoffice@marintheatre.org 

Evenings

Tue - Sat 7:30pm  
Sunday Mar 10, 7:30pm

Matinees 

Sunday (Preview) Mar 3, 4pm    
Thursday (Perspectives) Mar 14, 1pm    
Saturdays, Feb 2, Mar 9, 16 & 23, 2pm    
Sundays Mar 10, 17 & 24, 2pm 


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Previews (Feb 28 – Mar 3) $39 $39
Sat Eve & Weekend Matinees $60 $55
Tue*, Wed, Thu, Fri & Sun Eve $52 $47
Perspectives Matinee $52 $47
Best Deal (see info below) $25 $25

Prices subject to change. 

Phone orders subject to a $10 per order fee; online orders subject to a $3 per order fee

Disabled seating is currently only available through the MTC Box Office (415.388.5208 or in person). We apologize for any inconvenience.

Discounts

  • BEST DEAL: $25 tickets in select seats available for all performances beginning one week before opening night. Available online. Questions? Call the box office at 415-388-5208
  • GROUPS: Bring eight or more people to receive a $7 discount on tickets. The group discount is automatically applied online. Questions? Call the box office at 415-388-5208.
  • SENIORS (65+): $4 off single tickets to all performances, available online.
  • UNDER 30: $25, all performances, available online.
  • TEENS: $10, all performances, available online.
  • MILITARY: $6 off all performances. Thank you for your service! Please call the box office to reserve at (415) 388-5208.
  • EDUCATOR: $12, all performances (limit 2). Must teach at a Marin County School. Call the box office to reserve at (415) 388-5208.

Promo Codes distributed for online redemption subject to availability.   
Only ONE (1) Promo Code will be valid per order.   
Promo Codes do not apply to Best Deal ($25) tickets.
Promo Codes do not apply to already discounted tickets (including Senior, Under 30, Teen, and Best Deal).


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MTC Engaged Special Events

WINDOW ON THE WORK

WINDOW ON THE WORK

Tues., Feb. 19 | 7:00 PM

Window on the Works series focuses on our production; design, casting and rehearsal process. Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley.

AFTER WORDS

AFTER WORDS

Post-Show

Post-show question and answer sessions, led by a member of our artistic staff, immediately following most performances (except on Opening and Closing Nights and Saturdays).

Wednesday Pre-Show Talk

Wednesday Pre-Show Talk

Every Wednesday | 7:10 PM

Join us in the theatre—with a beverage!—for a pre-show talk with a member of our artistic staff prior to every Wednesday evening performance.

Perspectives Matinee

Perspectives Matinee

Thurs., March 14 | 12:00 PM

Topical lecture one hour prior to the 1:00 PM open-captioned performance.

Cast

  • Annelyse Ahmad*

    Annelyse Ahmad*

    Mahwish

    Annelyse is thrilled to make her MTC debut in her favorite play. (Shhh - don’t tell the others!) Hailing from Chicago, previous credits include Christmas Mubarak (Silk Road Rising), East by East East (Second City Blackout Cabaret), Our TownA Christmas CarolThe Who and the What (u/s), Guys and Dolls (Milwaukee Rep); Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno (u/s, The Second City, E.T.C.) Orange (world premiere, Mixed Blood Theatre), Phoenix¸(Nomades), The Who and the What (u/s, Victory Gardens), and Coupled: Your love story, improvised! (Second City Skybox). Film/TV credits: Dhoom 3 (dir. Vijay Krishna Acharya), Horse Camp (dir. Joel Paul Reisig), Jimmortal (dir. Bradley & Weber; winner Best Actress in a Pilot, Chicago Comedy Film Festival). Undying gratitude for her unfailingly supportive husband Brian, and to her crazy Muslim-Christian, Indo-German family. I wouldn’t be this fun without you. Keep in touch at annelyseahmad.com

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  • Patrick Alparone*

    Patrick Alparone*

    Eli

    Patrick Alparone was last seen at the Magic Theatre in Gangster of LoveHe has appeared in Buried Child, Baltimore Waltz, Every Five Minutes, Any Given Day, Mrs. Whitney, Octopus, A Lie of the Mind at Magic Theatre; The Normal Heart, Elektra at American Conservatory Theatre; Red at Portland Center Stage; Much Ado About Nothing, King Lear at Cal Shakes; Phaedra at Shotgun Players; Period of AdjustmentOne Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest at San Francisco Playhouse; Man of Rock at Climate Theatre; Twelfth NightAmbition Facing West at TheatreWorks; Olive Kitteridge, 36 Stories at Word for Word/Zspace; All’s Well That Ends Well at Livermore Shakespeare Festival; Lolita Roadtrip at San Jose Stage Company; A Streetcar Named Desire at Marin Theatre Co; Skin at Encore Theatre Co; Hamlet at Impact Theatre; Little Dog Laughed at B Street Theatre; Karima’s City for  the Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre at Golden Thread Productions.  Member of AEA and SAG.  patrickalparone.com

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  • Alfredo Huereca

    Alfredo Huereca

    Afzal

    Alfredo Huereca, actor and filmmaker, winner of multiple Best Actor Awards from ACE-NY (New York Latino Critics Association) and HOLA (Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors) in New York City.  With Masters degrees in Acting from UT, Austin and a MS in Education from Baruch College of Public Affairs, NYC, Alfredo has performed in over 50 stage productions, both in English and Spanish.  TV appearances include NBC’s The Blacklist next to James Spader and regular roles in Spanish film and TV series for Telemundo, Televisa, Sony Entertainment, such as La Bandida, Ruta 35, Eva La Trailera, El Rey Del Valle, Cosita Linda, Doña Flor y Sus Dos MaridosMary for Mayor, Penalty Kick.He plays Martin Madrazoin Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto V. He wrote, produced and starred in Cadena Perpetua, the short film, receiving 19 nominations and 11 international awards.

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  • Denmo Ibrahim*

    Denmo Ibrahim*

    Zarina

    Denmo Ibrahim is thrilled to make her MTC debut. An actor, playwright, and poet, she was last seen on stage as Mariam in A Thousand Splendid Suns at Seattle Repertory. Some U.S. credits include A.C.T., The Old Globe, New York Theatre Workshop, California Shakespeare Theater, Aurora Theatre, Crowded Fire, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She has collaborated with playwrights Mac Wellman, Eric Ehn, Yusef El Guindi, Kristoffer Diaz, Thomas Bradshaw, Melinda Lopez, Dustin Chinn, and Tanya Saracho and originated roles with composers Claudio Bohorquez, Rinde Eckhert, and Carla Kihlstedt. Her devised work has toured to international festivals in Egypt, France and Germany. She is the recipient of a Theatre Bay Area Award and a San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award. Ibrahim has an M.F.A. in Lecoq-Based Actor-Created Physical Theatre from Naropa University and a B.F.A. in Acting from Boston University. She is a founding artistic director of Mugwumpin and a resident artist of Golden Thread Productions. 

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Creative Team

  • Ayad Akhtar

    Ayad Akhtar

    Playwright

    Ayad Akhtar was born in New York City and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is a novelist and author of American Dervish, published in over 20 languages worldwide. His play Disgraced won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, ran on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre, and was nominated for the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play. His plays The Who & the What and The Invisible Hand received Off-Broadway runs and are currently being produced around the world. His most recent play, JUNK received its world premiere at La Jolla Playhouse in 2016 and opened on Broadway at Lincoln Center Theatre in the fall of 2017. Akhtar was listed as the most produced playwright for the 2015/16 Season by American Theatre magazine. As a screenwriter, he was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay for The War Within. He is also the recipient of an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, two OBIE Awards, a Jeff Award, and the Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award. Akhtar was a Resident Playwright at Arena Stage and has received fellowships from MacDowell, Djerassi, the Sundance Institute, Ucross, and Yaddo, where he serves as a Board Director. He is also a Board Trustee at PEN/America and New York Theatre Workshop. 

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  • Hana S. Sharif^

    Hana S. Sharif^

    Director

    Hana S. Sharif is a director, playwright, producer and currently serves as Associate Artistic Director at Baltimore Center Stage. She served as Associate Artistic Director, Director of New Play Development, and Artistic Producer at Hartford Stage; Program Manager of the ArtsEmerson Ambassador Program; and as Developmental Producer/Tour Manager of Progress Theatre’s musical The Burnin’. Hana also served as co-founder and Artistic Director of Nasir Productions, which brings theatre to underserved communities. Her regional directing credits include: Sense & Sensibility, The Christians, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Pride & Prejudice (DCArts: Best Director/Best New Play), The Whipping Man, Gem of the Ocean (six CCC nominations), Gee’s Bend (CCC Award Best Ensemble, two nominations), Next Stop Africa, Cassie, The Drum, and IFdentity. Hana has directed numerous developmental workshops, including Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder’s The Chat and Chew Supper Club, Janine Nabers’ A Swell in the Ground, and Marcus Gardley’s The House That Will Not Stand. Her plays include All the Women I Used to Be, The Rise and Fall of Day, and The Sprott Cycle Trilogy. Hana is the recipient of the 2009–10 Aetna New Voices Fellowship and Theatre Communications Group (TCG) New Generations Fellowship. She serves on the board of directors for the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance and the Sprott Foundation.

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  • Liz Matos*

    Liz Matos*

    Stage Manager

    Liz Matos (Stage Manager): Liz is delighted to be a part of The Who and The What, her third production with Marin Theatre Company. Locally, Liz has also worked with Marin Shakespeare Company, Magic Theatre, The Cutting Ball Theater, A.C.T. Conservatory, and PlayGround. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College and is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association.    

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  • Tim Mackabee+

    Tim Mackabee+

    Scenic Designer

    Marin: debut.  Broadway:  The Elephant Man(starring Bradley Cooper), Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth(dir. Spike Lee). West End:The Elephant Man.  Off-Broadway:  Describe The Night, Guards at the Taj (2016 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Set Design), Our New Girl(Atlantic), Vietgone, Important Hats of the Twentieth Century (MTC), Heathers The MusicalLuce(Lincoln Center Theatre), Gigantic(Vineyard), Much Ado About Nothing(Public Theatre).  Regional: Geffen, ACT San Francisco, Ford’s Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Old Globe, Center Stage Baltimore, Denver Center, Portland Center Stage, Cleveland Play House, Dallas Theatre Center, Geva Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, Syracuse Stage, South Coast Repertory, Victory Gardens Theatre, Bay Street Theatre, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Arden Theatre Company, Studio Theatre, The Muny, Williamstown.  Dance: Doug Varone & Dancers, Cedar Lake Dance.  TV:Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo, Gotham, Smash, The Today Show. Education:North Carolina School of the Arts, Yale School of Drama. timothymackabeedesign.com

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  • Anna Oliver+

    Costume Designer

    Local work: Marin Theater company: Syncopation, The Puppet Master of Lodz, The Price; California Shakespeare Theatre: THE WAR of the ROSES, PYGMALION, THE TEMPEST, Candida, Twelfth Night, MAN AND SUPERMAN, RESTORATION COMEDY, THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF NICHOLAS NICKLEBY, PARTS One and Two, The Skin of Our Teeth, The Taming of the Shrew; Berkeley Repertory Theatre: RED, THE LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE, HEARTBREAK HOUSE, THE PILLOW MAN, Fraulein Elsa, THE MAGIC FIRE; American Conservatory Theatre: THE CONSTANT WIFE, THE HOUSE OF MIRTH, The Guardsman; Theatre Works: Water by theSpoonful, TIME STANDS STILL; Aurora: founding production of Dear Master well as many others. Mrs. Oliver’s work has also been seen at the Seattle Repertory Theatre, Old Globe (San Diego), La Jolla Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre (D.C.), San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Canadian Opera Company, City Opera (NYC), and the Welsh National Opera. Ms. Oliver received her BFA from the California College of Art and her MFA from the Yale School of Drama.

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  • Wen-Ling Liao+

    Lighting Designer

    Wen-Ling Liao previously designed The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley and I and You with MTC. Selected credits include Quixote Nuevo (California Shakespeare Theater), Vietgone (American Conservatory Theater), The Resting Place and Reel to Reel (Magic Theatre), Barbecue (San Francisco Playhouse), The Boy Who Danced on Air (Abingdon Theater Company), Chill (Merrimack Repertory Theater), Milk Like Sugar (Huntington Theatre Company), Sense and Sensibility (Dallas Theater Center), Precious LittleMarjorie Prime, and Grounded (Nora Theater Company), Appropriate (SpeakEasy Stage Company), Luna Gale (Stoneham Theater), and A Nice Indian Boy (East West Players). Selected international credits include Scarlet Stone (Tirgan Festival, Toronto), BodyParts/In Spite of It (TANZINOLTENF Festival, Switzerland), and Riz Flambe and Riz Souffle (Avignon Off-Festival, France). She earned her MFA from University of California, San Diego and BA from National Taiwan University. wenlingliao.com

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  • Everett Elton Bradman

    Everett Elton Bradman

    Sound Designer

    Everett Elton Bradman’s 2018 composer/sound designer credits include African-American Shakespeare Company’s productions of Richard III and A Streetcar Named Desire, Faultline Theater Company’s Where the Boys Are, and Skeleton Crew at Geffen Playhouse. Other adventures include Skeleton Crew at Studio Theater in Washington D.C.; music direction for As You Like It at the California Shakespeare Theater; music for Winter’s Tale, also at Cal Shakes; music/sound design for Thurgood, at the Lorraine Hansberry Theater; and assistant sound-designing The House That Will Not Stand at Berkeley Rep and Detroit ’67 at Aurora Theatre. Elton’s resumé also includes music for Lincoln-Mercury, the San Francisco Mime Troupe, the New Pickle Circus, as well as bass work on Madi Das’s Grammy-nominated 2015 album Bhakti Without Borders and performances with Oakland’s very own MoonCandy, featuring Valerie Troutt.

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  • Jessica Berman

    Jessica Berman

    Dialect Coach

    Jessica Berman is a dialect, voice, and text coach.  With MTC she has coached The Wickhams, Oslo, Shakespeare in Love, Thomas and Sally, The Legend of Georgia McBride, Native Son, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, and August: Osage County.  Other recent dialect and vocal coaching credits include: Paradise Square: A New Musical, Angels in America: Parts One and Two, What the Constitution Means to Me, Monsoon Wedding, An Octoroon, Watch on the Rhine, and Hand to God (Berkeley Rep), An American in Paris (North American Tour, 2017), The Eva Trilogy, The Baltimore WaltzSojourners, and runboyrun, (Magic Theatre), and The War of the Roses and Fences (Cal Shakes).  Jessica currently teaches at University of California, Berkeley, American Conservatory Theater (Summer Training Congress and San Francisco Semester), and Academy of Art University.  She earned an M.A. from the Birmingham School of Acting, and an M.F.A. from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

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  • Emily Cooper

    Emily Cooper

    Assistant Director

    Emily Cooper is thrilled to be joining the MTC family for this season! She's a Bay Area native with over eighteen years of theatre and performance training, including five years of study at Oakland School for the Arts. She recently graduated from The University of the Arts with BFA in Directing, Playwriting, and Production. Emily has worked with California Shakespeare Theatre, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, and Theatre Philadelphia, and just finished assistant directing MTC's production of August Wilson's How I Learned What I Learned. Past directing credits include Icecream, To The Sticking Place, Metamorphize, Wet Nurse, Dim the Lights, and Milk. www.emilyrosecooper.com

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* Denotes member of Actors Equity Association
+ Member, United Scenic Artists
^ Member, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers

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