Words We Believe

By Rehana Lew Mirza
Directed by Aidaa Peerzada

November 9 @7pm
November 13 @ 12pm

Orange County, California. Today.
When 17-year-old Fitri goes missing, her best friend Ayan goes looking for the truth of how and why she disappeared. She confronts Elaine, an older white woman who just might be the mother of the boy Fitri ran away with… the boy who might have sent threatening voicemails to her mosque. When Elaine’s friend Sally inserts herself into the situation, what started as an interrogation of facts becomes an interrogation of friendship. Between what everyone believes, will they be able to piece together the truth?


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REHANA LEW MIRAZA's plays include: Hatefuck (WP/Colt Coeur); Soldier X (Ma-Yi); Tomorrow, Inshallah (Living Room Theater; Storyworks/HuffPost commission); Neighborhood Watch (NNPN/InterAct commission) and Barriers (Desipina, Asian American Theater Company.) With her husband Mike Lew, she shares a Mellon Foundation National Playwright residency administered in partnership with Howlround at Ma-Yi Theater, where they’ve co-written The Colonialism Project (La Jolla Playhouse commission) and the musical Bhangin’ It, with composer/lyricist Sam Willmott (Upcoming: Huntington; La Jolla Playhouse 2022; Richard Rodgers Award; Rhinebeck Writers Retreat; Project Springboard.) Additional honors include: Kleban Award, NYFA Fellow, HBO Access Fellow, Lilly Award (Stacey Mindich “Go Write A Play”), CCTP Artist Residency, and a TCG/New Georges Fellowship. MFA: Columbia University; BFA: NYU Tisch. www.rehanamirza.com


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