That, the creators and performers believe, is the strength of the play: the familiar story lines and problems that allow audiences to connect with the characters as people and not religious figures. In November, at a performance in Chino at LionLike MindState, the monologue "I'm Tired," performed by Aisha Nouh, 24, resonated with the mostly black audience.
"Do you know what it's like to represent a billion human beings every day you walk out of your house?" Nouh asked as part of the monologue. "It's exhausting. . . . I'm tired of wanting to curse but don't every time some idiot . . . asks me and my friend when we're standing in line waiting for ice cream, 'Where ya'll from?' And when my friend responds, 'Miami,' he says, 'Listen, don't . . . with me.' "
Soon the group hopes to increase the number of performances. On its Facebook page, several people ask when the show will come to their cities: Pittsburgh, Miami, Houston, New York.
"A couple of contacts in Europe e-mailed us and asked us, 'Are you coming here?' " Rahman said.
There is talk of a possible spring performance in Abu Dhabi. It's that type of reach the group aspires to.