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THE RIDE is a solo show, written and performed by Ramy El-Etreby, about the struggle to reconcile seemingly conflicting identities: Gay, Arab, and Muslim.

After being outed in a highly public forum, Ramy’s world is turned upside down. As his personal relationships become strained, so does his faith in God. THE RIDE takes Ramy down a dark hole where he loses touch with the most precious parts of himself. Featuring multiple characters from Ramy’s life, including his Egyptian immigrant parents, his caring best friend, and his snarky “catterpist” (that’s his cat/therapist), THE RIDE offers lessons learned on Ramy’s bumpy road from self loathing to self love.

THE RIDE first premiered at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks as part of Solofest 2016, the largest solo theater festival on the West Coast. THE RIDE had its New York premiere in Fall 2018 at the Flux Factory as part of Mark For Redaction, an inter-disciplinary art show featuring LGBTQ artists from the Arab diaspora.

Ramy El-Etreby is a queer, Muslim, Arab American writer, performer, storyteller and educator based in Los Angeles, California. Ramy’s short story, "The Ride", was originally featured in the ground-breaking anthology, Salaam, Love: American Muslim Men on Love, Sex, and Intimacy, which he has developed into a solo theatre piece. He is a VONA/Voices fellow and holds an MA in Applied Theatre from the CUNY School of Professional Studies.

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