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First Down

Our sound team scored getting to working on this show for Noor Theater at 59E59 Theaters! Designing for an intimate theater space is always a joy, especially for such intense and emotional work that this playwright, cast and crew brought to the space.

Montana native George Berri is a national sports sensation, beloved hometown hero, and one of the NFL’s best players. But he’s about to create a perfect storm of personal, professional, and political conflict as he wrestles with the decision to reveal who he really is at the Super Bowl. He wants to tell the world he's an Arab-Muslim by praying during the national anthem. The costs of his choice may be more than he bargained for. FIRST DOWN is the first in a triptych of Muslim plays examining crises and questions of identity and faith in modern America.


Produced by: Noor Theater

Directed by: Johanna McKeon

Cast: Peter Romano, Larry Bull, Hend Ayoub, and Olivia AbiAssi

Scenic Designer: Jacob A. Climer

Costume Designer: Dina El-Aziz

Lighting Designer: Christopher Brown

Sound Design: Uptown Works: Daniela Hart, Bailey Trierweiler, and Noel Nichols

Stage Manager: Hanako Rodriguez

Production Manager: Courteney Leggett

Projections Design: Stivo Arnoczy

Props Consultant: Daniel Brothers

Additional Casting: Stephanie Yankwitt, CSA

Wardrobe Supervisor: Jessica Larsen

Covid Compliance Officer: Joana Tsuhlares

Translations: Aline Salloum

Assistant Director: Ali-Moosa Mizar

Associate Scenic Design: Ma'moon Tebbo

Associate Costume Design: Xurui Wang

Assistant Stage Manager: Nia Blizzard

Founding Artistic Director: Lameece Issaq

Artistic Producer: Kate Morre Heaney

Managing Director: Megan Patterson

Associate Artistic Director: Sivan Battat


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