Thursday, April 13, 2017
An Interview with Tala Ashe
THE INTERVAL: In J.D. Salinger’s Franny and Zooey, Franny Glass, disillusioned and searching for meaning, takes up residency on her family’s living room sofa where she repeatedly recites the Jesus Prayer. Searching for faith has always been a major theme in art, yet Franny Glass remains one of the few female searchers. In Zayd Dohrn’s new play The Profane at Playwrights Horizons, we meet another young woman searching for faith: Emina, who comes home from college with an interest in Islam and a new fiancé from a conservative Muslim family, much to the chagrin of her own liberal, secular family. Emina is portrayed by actress Tala Ashe, who has previously appeared in Trolius and Cressida and The Who and the What, among others. We recently sat down with Tala to discuss her process for The Profane, typecasting, and normalizing stories with Middle Easterners in theatre.