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(SACRAMENTO, CA, 3/2/05) – The Sacramento Valley chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV) recently sponsored a special performance of “The Beggars’ Strike,” a play by the Children’s Theatre of California. The play by renowned playwright Carlyle Brown is based on a novel by Senegalese author Aminata Sow Fall. Its main themes are the promotion of tolerance and respect for human dignity. Set in an Islamic West African community, the play follows a daughter’s desire to keep her family together in a time of change.

Her career-minded father gets involved in a government effort to increase tourism by clearing the streets of the beloved and comical “begging bowl” children. When his daughter falls in with the beggars, the father learns that family and community can be greater forces than bureaucracy and commerce. For more information about performances, visit: “CAIR’s endorsement of the production and sponsorship of additional shows is validation of our aspirations, and for this we are very grateful,” says Buck Busfield, Director of B Street Theatre and Children’s Theatre of California “The Muslim community applauds B-Street Theatre and Children’s Theatre of California for showing ‘The Beggar’s Strike,” said CAIR-SV President Dr. Hamza ElNakhal. “The play simultaneously entertains, educates and promotes the values of tolerance, charity and respect for human dignity.”

CONTACT: CAIR-SV Executive Director Basim Elkarra, 916-441-6269


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