Playwright Zayd Dohrn Returns to Chautauqua Theater Company


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Chautauqua Theater Company (CTC) and the Chautauqua Writers’ Center have proudly partnered on their third new play commission on the Bratton Theater stage. This year’s commission, The Profane, is written by the celebrated CTC New Play Workshop alum Zayd Dohrn. The play is directed by CTC Artistic Director Vivienne Benesch and slated for a 10-day run, July 22 through 31 at Chautauqua Institution.

Playwright Zayd Dohrn skillfully integrates timely social, political, and cultural trends into his new play The Profane, which follows a first-generation Muslim American who prides himself on being a modern, liberal, and tolerant man. But when his daughter falls for the son of a fundamentalist, he finds himself cast as the intolerant patriarch of his own fast changing family. Dohrn’s searing tale follows two immigrant families forced to grapple with each other’s religious beliefs, cultural traditions, and deep-seated prejudice.

“I believe Zayd Dohrn is one of the truly important writers of our time,” says Artistic Director Vivienne Benesch. “He has his eye and ear on the pulse of our times and is unafraid to reflect it back to us with a strong point of view. His profound curiosity about social, political, and cultural issues is matched by an acute attention to interpersonal psychology and great storytelling. We are thrilled to be working with him on his latest work at Chautauqua.”

The CTC cast includes Brittany Bradford as Aisa/Dania, Juliana Canfield as Emina, Amy Carle as Naja, Edward Furs as Peter, Joshua Grosso as Sam, Michael Potts as Raif, and Rita Wolf as Carmen.

The creative team includes Lee Savage (Scenic Design), Sabrina Zain (Costume Design), Scott Bolman (Lighting Design), Rob Kaplowitz (Sound Design), and Will Steinberger (Assistant Director).

Remaining performances are Wednesday, July 27th at 4PM; Thursday, July 28th at 4 PM; Friday, July 29th at 4 PM; Saturday, July 30th at 2:15 PM; Sunday, July 31st at 2:15 & 8 PM.

Tickets for The Profane are $35 and seating is reserved. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling (716) 357-6250. A single event ticket is required, which also serves as a Chautauqua Institution gate pass 4 hours before and 4 hours following the start time of the performance.