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May 1, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Zara is a one person show about race, religion, and identity in the American South. Andrew Aghapour was raised by immigrant parents in a multi-racial and multi-religious household. Zara is a comedic account of an anxious, asthmatic Muslim kid’s search for meaning and the chance encounters that impacted him. Drawing on personal stories, philosophy, and the history of monotheism, Zara is a 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.
Andrew Ali Aghapour is a scholar, comedian, and storyteller. As a first-generation American raised within multiple traditions, Andrew became interested in race, religion, and identity and went on to study these topics in graduate programs at Cambridge University and UNC Chapel Hill.
Performance of the one person show followed by a talk-back with the creative team and special guests. Free and open to the public. For more information, please visit here.
Zara has received grants from the Performing Arts Special Activities Fund and the Humanities for the Public Good Initiative. Additional support provided by the Department of American Studies, the Department of Religious Studies, the Center for the Study of the American South, and Southern Cultures journal.
Chapel Hill Public Library
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