Chocolate in Heat

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Chocolate in Heat chronicles the life of young Arab-American Aiesha and the men she encounters. The play begins with a violent hate crime Aiesha faces in college and moves back in time to show the steps that led Aiesha to the place where her life would be changed forever. By the way, it’s also funny.

Cast Requirements

1 man
1 woman

Unit Set


“In their hour, these immigrants grow large in our eyes – losses and all.” —The New York Times

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“Touching upon the universal themes of desire, oppression, and loneliness…Shamieh’s greatest achievement is her dismantling of the twin monoliths of Arab and American identities. Shamieh casts a wide social net to redefine what makes an American.” —Time Out New York

Production and Development History

World Premiere: New York International Fringe Festival (2001), subsequently produced at Theater for the New City, The Tank, and as a national university tour.