Kneeling Down at Noon

Physical Plant teams up with St. Edward’s University to present this original play about Islam — or, more particularly, about the lives of a handful of Muslims struggling to find, share, and live their daily faith. From the devout wife of an atheist activist, to the doubting son struggling with prejudice in America, to the secret policeman twisting Islam to his own ends, each character is a lens onto this complex and much-maligned religion. But more than that, the play folds these characters into remarkable stories that undermine, amplify, and invigorate the ways they understand God — and the will of God on earth.


Written By: Steve Moore and the Writers of the Islam Project

Directed By: Katie Pearl


Daniel Adams, Jessica Akin, Ross Baker, Kathleen Cobb, Duncan Coe, Kate Eminger, Holly Jackson, Aisha Melhem, Nigel O'Hearn, Thomas O'Malley, Zachary Pettichord, Dani Pruitt, Sesar Sandoval, Lacey Wiseman, Cori Woods


"Moore's sensitivity to generosity and openness - so evident in all his plays - is what makes him an ideal candidate to prompt us to think about a faith that we profoundly need to comprehend."
-Austin Chronicle preview


"Austin playwright Steve Moore taught a class on playwriting at St. Edward's last spring. The purpose was to create a play about Muslims. Moore isn't Muslim, but he worked with students to learn about Islam and then craft characters and a story."
-Austin American-Statesman


"Thoughtful and deeply humane ... Moore, who is not Muslim, is more concerned with the people who believe than the belief itself. Islam is the lens through which he focuses on the humanity of these particular individuals, how it shapes their notions of justice and mercy, where it gives them the courage to persevere in times of trial and, when they're paralyzed by it, to conquer fear."
-Austin Chronicle

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