Thursday, June 01, 2006

The Model Muslim *ahem* Not it.

I told my sister the other night how surprised I was by the need of the audience, post-show, to find out more (what's true, what's not, etc). She remarked (along with another friend), "You weren't expecting this? I was."

I wasn't expecting it. I was only hoping to finish the script and then have an audience like it. That's all. I'm a pretty simple girl. Most of the time.

Anyways, deciding against a knee-jerk reaction to a comment posted to the Creative Loafing review, i'm coming here, to my blog, for refuge.

I'm a rather sensitive individual so it's interesting to me that i'm also the type of person who placed (and, quite often, place) myself wide open to the world, much as I have done with the follow-through of the production of this play.

Martyr? Perhaps.

Glutton? Absolutely.

Ready? Trying. If not, I'll have to just get over it.

Ms Thomas' comments are hard not take personally but have a validity to them on many levels; levels that i've only been able to work through in the last 12 hours and through personal discussions with close friends.

1. Statements and comments she made in her post were rampant in my interviews and the press releases, which lead me to believe she hasn't seen the actual play. I wonder if she will, now. It's occurred to me that the language in the press releases and the images used...are geared toward a non-moslem audience. Looking over it, I know, now, that most moslems will not attend the show...unless they have faith and a lot of curiosity.

2. I was asked last night by a close friend if I had intended to make a political/religious statement with this play. The answer is no. Through the development of the script, I discovered a story that allowed people to relate to an individual...who came from a background that is currently a mystery to most of the American population. Edutainment became the idea. Provide a story for people to relate and discover themselves (or others) in a most unexpected parallel.

3. The choice of words by the reporter for Creative Loafing (in both the short article and then the review) could leave an impression of letting me the choice of a "Model Moslem". *wince* Which is the furthest thing from the truth and one of the reasons that I say that I practice it "philosophically", so as to respect those that are ritualistically based in the faith. I am not representing all moslems. I am only telling one story. It's the only story I know...

4. Ms. Thomas is right that a story, like the one she wants to see, has not been told here. Therefore, somebody should tell it. "Criticize by creating." (Michelangelo)

5. As long as discussion occurrs... there is nothing wrong.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went to see 'the perfect prayer' out of complete curiosity after reading an article in the AJC, the theatre was packed with a very diverse audience.
I laughed so hard in places and it was kind of like a role reversal to my own life which is what sparked the curiosity thanks for dealing with the interreligious relationship issue and how difficult it can be. I'm a european christian in a relationship with an african muslim in atlanta...and I can't thank you enough for developing this issue and others in the play. A fantastic, humorous, educational play and the South needs more playwrights like you.

9:52 AM  
Blogger The Perfect Prayer said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you. Not just for your comments and kind words, but for following the seduction of curiousity to come and see the play. I'm so glad you enjoyed it...

10:50 AM  

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