Burq Off! L.A. Premiere

Date: July 17, 2014

Paprika Productions is pleased to present West Coast premiere performances, in Los Angeles, of Burq Off!, a gutsy autobiographical one-woman show written and performed by Nadia Parvez Manzoor. The L.A. performances will run from Thursday, July 17 through Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Elephant Stages in Hollywood. Directed by Tara Elliott, Burq Off! follows Manzoor`s search for identity and acceptance, while navigating the cultural conflicts of her British-Pakistani home. With great humor and insight, she explores themes of sex, religion, culture, truth, and family. Performances will start at 8:00pm. The runtime is approximately 80 minutes with no intermission.

Burq Off!, an autobiographical one-woman show written and performed by Manzoor, is a jaunty tour through madly opposing worlds. The glowing promise of modern London contrasts with the glum realities of a conservative Pakistani Muslim home, punctuated by fierce Bollywood dance moves and at least one blackout drinking incident.

Embodying 21 different characters, a domineering father, soulful mum, saucy English friend, and Islamic studies teachers whose interests range from slapping to pornography, Manzoor illuminates her conflicted sense of identity, while questioning repressive cultural norms. Moving, funny, deeply personal, and yet universal, Burq Off! explores what it takes to evolve past the veil.

`I want to encourage young Muslims, as well as non-Muslims, to have the courage to challenge the people who we love when our ideologies are in conflict," says Manzoor, `It`s much easier to stay silent... when you question the ideas that you were raised with, it can be very scary. Yet, silence, not expressing your beliefs, also comes at a price.`

Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

Elephant Stages

6322 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles CA 90038

You can also visit the event's website at: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/699035

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