Hijabi Beauty Vloggers Inspire Brooklyn Playwright

“The Art of Hijab, Kohl Black, and the Right Way to Pray” (Photo from LPAC Rough Draft Festival via Brooklyn Paper)

A play that intertwines religion and makeup premieres Jan. 11 at the Five Myles Gallery in Crown Heights, reports Alexandra Simon for Brooklyn Paper.

In producing “The Art of Hijab, Kohl Black, and the Right Way to Pray,” playwright Sarah Badiyah Sakaan of Williamsburg was inspired by Muslim beauty vloggers on YouTube.

“A lot of women out there who do these making hijab-styling tutorials, are showing the duality of rituals with beauty, and I was curious to how they fit this into their daily lives compared to their religious rituals.”

Sakaan, who is Syrian on her father’s side, was also influenced by her Muslim and Christian upbringing in Memphis and wants the show to depict the commonalities between different religious groups.

The 90-minute play follows two young women based on Sakaan and her sister, but interposes their lives with scenes from the Koran, the Torah, and the Bible, depicting the founding of each religion.

Go to Brooklyn Paper for more on the play and why Sakaan said “she is not courting controversy” when it comes to the cast.

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