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“A vibrant culture-clash drama simmering with humor.”Associated Press

Brilliant novelist Zarina is writing about women and Islam when she meets Eli, a young convert who bridges the gap between her modern life and traditional heritage. When her conservative father discovers her controversial manuscript, they all must confront the beliefs that define them. A fierce and funny new play about relationships, religion, and the contradictions that make us who we are, from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the blockbuster hit Disgraced.

Approximate run time: 1 hour and 40 minutes, including one 10-minute intermission.

“I am so excited to share the loving and thorny tale of Zarina’s family with Boston audiences. Disgraced at the Huntington was a very gratifying experience for me, and I am so honored this play will be part of next season.” — Ayad Akhtar

“After last season’s provocative hit Disgraced I am looking forward to having another story by Ayad Akhtar brought to life on our stage. The Who & the What provides a unique, vitally important look into the Muslim American experience through the lens of faith and family.”— Peter DuBois
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Artists

  • Rom Barkhordar Afzal Rom Barkhordar
  • Joseph Marrella Eli Joseph Marrella
  • Turna Mete Mahwish Turna Mete
  • Aila Peck Zarina Aila Peck
  • Ayad Akhtar Playwright Ayad Akhtar
  • M. Bevin O'Gara Director M. Bevin O'Gara
  • Cristina Todesco Scenic Design Cristina Todesco
  • Mary Lauve Costume Design Mary Lauve
  • Annie Wiegand Lighting Design Annie Wiegand
  • M.L. Dogg Sound Design M.L. Dogg
  • Saraswathi Jones Original Music Saraswathi Jones
  • Alaine Alldaffer Casting Alaine Alldaffer
  • Carola Morrone LaCoste Production Stage Manager Carola Morrone LaCoste
  • Jeremiah Mullane Stage Manager Jeremiah Mullane

Prices & Seating

Performance Day All Sections

PEAK: Friday & Saturday evening;  Sunday matinee

$85
OFF PEAK: Sunday - Thursday evening; Saturday matinee $75
FIRST LOOK: First Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Tuesday evening;  Wednesday matinee $63

Prices may vary and are subject to change at any time.

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Discount Ticket Prices

  Prices
Active Military and Veterans and Immediate Families
$20 with promo code MILITARY
Student (25 years and younger)
(No AA)
$20
Section D (BU Theatre);
Last Row (Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA)
Additional discounts may not be applied to section D seats at the BU Theatre and last row seats at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA.
$25
BU Community $10 off
Seniors (65 years or older) $5 off
35 Below (35 years and younger)
(No AA)
Learn more about our 35 Below program
$30

Learn more about our Discount Ticket Programs.

Performance Day All Sections

PEAK: Friday & Saturday evening;  Sunday matinee

$85
OFF PEAK: Sunday - Thursday evening; Saturday matinee $75
FIRST LOOK: First Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Tuesday evening;  Wednesday matinee $63

Prices may vary and are subject to change at any time.

View Seating Chart (Virginia Wimberly Theatre)  |  Get Directions

Discount Ticket Prices

  Prices
Active Military and Veterans and Immediate Families
$20 with promo code MILITARY
Student (25 years and younger)
(No AA)
$20
Section D (BU Theatre);
Last Row (Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA)
Additional discounts may not be applied to section D seats at the BU Theatre and last row seats at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA.
$25
BU Community $10 off
Seniors (65 years or older) $5 off
35 Below (35 years and younger)
(No AA)
Learn more about our 35 Below program
$30

Learn more about our Discount Ticket Programs.

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South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA: 527 Tremont Street, Boston MA 02116
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