At a time of rising Islamophobia and cultural misunderstanding, this play about a typical American high-school teen who happens to be Muslim is a great tool for tolerance. Amal has a crush on a boy, dreams of her first kiss and loves shopping, tweeting and her Instagram account. Funny and irreverent, she's got a comeback line for everything and everyone. Then, one day, she decides to wear a hijab headscarf to school, despite parental warnings and classmate ignorance that turns to ostracism. Later, the debate coach hits her with a double whammy. Not only must she debate her crush, but she has to argue the wrong side of the issue:religious dress should not be worn in school. Amal does it with style. Meanwhile, she's forming a relationship with an elderly neighbor who has a big identity secret. By the end of Does My Head Look Big in This?, audiences will understand three things better: Islam, America and themselves.
- Type of Show Full-length Play
- Product Code DF1000
- Cast Size 13
- Min. Royalty Rate $80/perf
- Cost $9.95
- Approx. Run Time 75 min
- Target Audience Young Audiences | Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Family (all ages) | Senior Adults | Praise Groups
- Performing Group High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre | Senior Theatre | Touring Group | Praise Group
- Genre Comedy | Drama
- ISBN(13) 9781583428184
- "A coming of age journey a young Muslim teen takes as she decides to wear her hijab at school."
- Review by Rachel Harry, HRVHS, Hood River, OR
Hints, Tips, and Tricks
- "The play is best done in a very minimalist style rather than realistic sets. Very short scenes, so keep the flow and high energy of the play moving by not ever going to complete blackout. Your Amal can move from one part of the stage to the other while talking to the audience between scenes. Your techies can be part of the scenes (the mall, classroom, party, mosque) as well as be onstage to move the set pieces, (during the onstage clothing change prior to the party our techies danced and jived as they moved the set around) which were, for us, simple black cubes of two sizes to represent desks, tables, chairs. Use your lights to convey areas. We made this production a way to learn about another culture and brought in a Muslim parent who instructed us in the way to pray as well as answer any questions the kids had about the religion."
- Tip by Rachel Harry, HRVHS, Hood River, OR