Written and Performed by Ramy El-Etreby
Directed by Zahra Noorbakhsh
The Ride is a solo show, written and performed by Ramy El-Etreby, about the struggle to reconcile seemingly conflicting identities: being 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 conservative Arab Muslim parents, his captivating first love, and his snarky cat/therapist (or, “catterpist”), The Ride offers lessons learned on the bumpy road from self loathing to self love.
The Ride first premiered at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks as part of Solofest, 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.
Zahra Noorbakhsh is an award-winning comedian and co-host of the #GoodMuslimBadMuslim podcast. The podcast was invited to record an episode at the Obama Whitehouse. The Pop Culture Collaborative has named Zahra their 2018 Sr Fellow on Comedy for Social Change. Her newest standup show, "On Behalf of All Muslims: A Comedy Special" is currently in development and set to debut at San Francisco's Brava Theatre, June of 2019.
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