( Thu., Feb. 16, 2017 )
Historic Playmakers Theater, 122 East Cameron Avenue, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
The Who and the What, written by Ayad Akhtar, directed by Vivienne Benesch: Zarina, a talented Pakistani-American writer, has put her personal life on hold to finish her novel about women and Islam. That is, until her conservative father signs her up for an Islam-based dating website and introduces her to Eli, a young convert to the faith. But when Zarina’s family discovers the controversial theme of her novel, their long-simmering conflicts over progressive and traditional beliefs explode.