American Fast
National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere

American Fast

January 3 - January 29, 2023
Portland Center Stage: Ellyn Bye Studio

by Kareem Fahmy
directed by Chip Miller

An ART commission and National New Play Network (NNPN) Rolling World Premiere, American Fast centers on a top-ranked college basketball star leading her team into the finals. Khady Salama, a 21-year-old sensation, is set to compete in the national championship, which this year falls during Ramadan. Her religious mother expects her to fast—even on game days. As the tournament unfolds, Khady becomes a role model for young Muslim women everywhere, except she’s lying about fasting. Winning at all costs will force Khady to grapple with her faith and confront some uncomfortable truths about who she’s meant to be.

American Fast is produced at Artists Repertory Theatre as part of a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere. Other Partner Theaters are City Theatre Company (Pittsburgh, PA) and InterAct Theatre Company (Philadelphia, PA). For more information, please visit

Sensory warning: Strobe lights are used during this performance.

American Fast Playbill


Additional Dates to Know:

Jan 5, 6: previews

Saturday, Jan 7: opening night

Saturday, Jan 14: Student Saturday (matinee)

Thursday, Jan 19: Highlight Night
Sponsored by The Sports Bra

Friday, Jan 20: ASL

Saturday, Jan 21: BIPOC* Affinity Night

Thursday, Jan 26: student matinee

Friday, Jan 27: audio description

Saturday, Jan 28: open caption (evening)

Sunday, Jan 29: last show (matinee)

Education Resources
Prep for American Fast with this book and movie list from the Multnomah County Library.

Study Guide
American Fast – Study Guide

Get into the World

Portland Center Stage: Ellyn Bye Studio

128 NW 11th Ave Portland, OR 97209



Kareem Fahmy
Chip Miller
Director & Choreographer
Melory Mirashrafi
Associate Director
Tyler Jay Buswell
Set Designer
Miranda K. Hardy
Lighting Designer
Viola Horton
Costume Designer
Aurora Primavera Hernandez
Assistant Costume Designer/Wardrobe
Phil Johnson
Sound Designer
Leah Hartzell
Assistant Sound Designer
Matt Rowning
Associate Sound Designer
Megan Wilkerson
Projection Designer
Alan Cline
Projection Designer
Alea Tran
Production Manager
Luan Schooler
Denmo Ibrahim
Dialect Coach

Production Team

Megan Thorpe
Stage Manager
Danny Rosales
Assistant Stage Manager
Tommy Soultanian
Production Assistant
Gavin Burgess
Master Electrician
Derek Easton
Techincal Director
Jamie Tait
Props Supervisor
Clementine Dorsey
Props Manager
Cooper Cavender
Production Coordinator/Master Electrician
Matt Rowning
Sound Engineer
Joel Ferraro
Light Board Op



Show Sponsors

National New Play Network
The Kinsman Foundation
Really Big Video
Jan and John Swanson
John Saurenman and Katherine Pease
Ausplund Tooze Family Foundation

Season Sponsors

The Shubert Foundation Inc.
Robert & Mercedes Eichholz Foundation
Regional Arts & Culture Council
James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation
Oregon Arts Commission
OCF Joseph E. Weston Public Foundation
Arts Consulting Group
National Endowment for the Arts
Business Oregon
The Oregonian
Joe Weston