'I Come in Peace': One Man Show by Award Winning Arab-American Comedian Dean Obeidallah to Debut at New York International Fringe Festival

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Arab-American comedian Dean Obeidallah presents his New One Man Show which Addresses Issues Faced by Many Arab-Americans Caused by 9/11 and the Increased Violence in the Middle East. This show gives a rare glimpse into the struggles of being Middle Eastern-American in the five years after 9/11.

On September 10, 2001, Dean Obeidallah went to sleep an American. On September 11, he woke up an Arab. So begins the introduction to his poignant and funny one-man show I Come in Peace that will be staged for the first time at the New York International Fringe Festival. Written by comedian Obeidallah and produced by the critically acclaimed New York Arab-American Comedy Festival (http://www.arabcomedy.org) I Come in Peace takes a truthful look at how Obeidallah’s life has changed since 9/11. Before 9/11, he was just a typical white guy. In the wake of 9/11, Obeidallah finds himself asking what it means to be an Arab-American with a Muslim last name? His funny, painful, and truly surprising journey after 9/11 details his evolution from a typical white guy to "Super Arab."

“With the 5th anniversary of 9/11 approaching this September, I wanted to share with my fellow Americans the struggles that I, and millions of other Middle Eastern-Americans, have faced as we have tried to find our way in the post 9/11 world. This is not a show just for Arab-Americans. It is truly an American story. All of our lives have been impacted by 9/11. Plus the show is really funny!” said Obeidallah.

Dean Obeidallah is a former attorney turned stand up comic. Widely recognized as one of the top Arab-American comics in the country, he has appeared on numerous national and international television programs including Comedy Central’s “Tough Crowd,” CNN’s “American Morning,” CNN International’s “Inside the Middle East,” ABC News, and MSNBC. His work has been featured on Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update and CBS’ “Late, Late Show.” More recently, he and close friend Emmy award winning comedy writer Max Brooks are co-producing a new show for Comedy Central’s Internet network entitled, The Watch List, which will mark the first program in American entertainment history to star Middle Eastern-American comics. Dean is also the co-founder and co-executive producer of the critically acclaimed NY Arab-American Comedy Festival (http://www.arabcomedy.com) and co-creator of “Stand up for Peace” which he performs with Jewish-American comic Scott Blakeman across the country. Dean has performed comedy at colleges and clubs across the country as well as in the Middle East in Beirut, Ramallah, Haifa and Dubai.

Show Length: 50m Comedy Solo Show

Show website: http://www.arabcomedy.org/icomeinpeace

Dean Obeidallah’s website: http://www.deanofcocmedy.com

Show dates and times:

Friday, 8/11 @ 7:15 PM

Saturday, 8/12 @ 3:15 PM

Wednesday, 8/16 @ 8:15 PM

Saturday, 8/19 @ 2:15 PM

Wednesday, 8/23 @ 5:15 PM

VENUE:

The Flea Theater, 41 White Street, between Broadway and Church Streets. (212) 226-0051; Website: http://www.theflea.org

TICKETS:

Go on sale on July 30, 2006

$15 each

Can be purchased through FringeNY website: http://www.fringenyc.org
Or by phone

9am to 7pm every day

inside NY: 212.279.4488 (Credit Card Only)

outside NY: 1-888-FringeNYC (Credit Card Only)

Written and Performed by Dean Obeidallah

Directed and Developed by Negin Farsad

The New York International Fringe Festival website: http://www.fringenyc.org.

CONTACT: Mahdis Keshavarz, 425.591.8781

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