All Atheists Are Muslim
written and performed by Zahra Noorbakhsh
directed by Lisa Marie Rollins
developed with W. Kamau Bell
“All Atheists Are Muslim” was created in the Solo Performance Workshop facilitated by Martha Rynberg & W. Kamau Bell, founded by W. Kamau Bell and Bruce Pachtman
Can Zahra have her Atheist and stay Muslim too? You see, it’s time for Zahra and Duncan to move in together. Duncan doesn’t know this, but Zahra does. She’s sure of it… mostly. And even if she’s not 100% sure, she knows he’ll need some time ruminating, deliberating… Oops, Duncan actually said yes! And he wants to move in now! That’s OK, that’s OK. In fact, that’s good. Right? Now, Zahra just needs to mention to her parents that it makes perfect sense for Duncan to move in with her.
That’s right, she just needs to let her immigrant, Iranian, Muslim parents know that her Southern Californian, white, Atheist—non-believing, infidel— boyfriend — who she has no intention of marrying anytime soon —- should move in with her. And in the process, she doesn’t want to get disowned… or forced into an arranged marriage… or end up stoned in a ditch in her parent’s backyard.
Indeed, it’s just your everyday story of “boy meets girl” – meets thousands of years of cultural tradition and religious doctrine. You may even find out you’re more Muslim than you think!