Multi Meets Poly: Multiculturalism and Polyculturalism Go on a First Date

Released: 2014
Runtime: 34 minutes


Multi Meets Poly: Multiculturalism and Polyculturalism Go on a First Date is a thought-provoking and often-humorous reflection on the theoretical and practical differences between two powerful social ideas: multiculturalism and polyculturalism.

By personifying these ideas as human characters-one male, one female-and by endowing each character with profession rivalry, intellectual one-upmanship, and sexual tension, a would-be romantic evening becomes an intriguing vehicle for exploring American interpretations of pluralism, cultural interchange, and diversity.

Creative Team

Written by

  • Jamil Khoury

Directed by

  • A. George Bajalia

Executive Producers

  • Malik Gillani
  • Jamil Khoury

Director of Photography

  • Drew Pientka

Editor, Script Supervisor and Assistant Director

  • Deann Baker

Set Design

  • Dan Stratton

Costume Designer and Props Master

  • Kelsey C. Melvin

Original Compositions

  • Peter J. Storms

Production Manager

  • Corey Pond


  • Neal Ryan Shaw

Location Sound Mixer

  • Dustin Barta

Post-Production Sound

  • Nate Green

Assistant Camera and Grip

  • Travis Legge


  • Nicki Beck

Make Up and Hair

  • Neva Stroud

Script Development Support provided by

  • Madrid St. Angelo
  • A. George Bajalia
  • Gordon Chow
  • Nora Fiffer
  • Malik Gillani
  • Virginia Lee Marie Martinez
  • Neal Ryan Shaw


Virginia Lee Marie Martinez as POLYCULTURALISM


Special Thanks

About Face Theatre
Eric Branholm
The Field Foundation of Illinois
The First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple
Elizabeth Gingerich
Hannoun Rugs from Morocco
Elise Hausken
Becky Klein
Jeanette Kleymeyer
Claire Melvin
Allison Schuette
The Siragusa Family Foundation
Writers Theatre
Valparaiso University, Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2014 Planning Committee
Elizabeth Wuerffel
Roger Wykes

Screening History 

December 4, 2014 | Columbia College, Chicago, Illinois

December 19, 2014 | Silk Road Rising, Chicago, Illinois

January 6, 2015 | Harbach Theater, Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois

January 17, 2015 | Silk Road Rising, Chicago, Illinois

January 18, 2015 | Silk Road Rising, Chicago, Illinois

April 24, 2015 | Asian American Studies Conference, Evanston, Illinois

May 21, 2015 | The University of Chicago Divinity School, Chicago, Illinois

October 29, 2015 | Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana

August 18, 2016 | The Living Theatre, hosted at Silk Road Rising, Chicago, Illinois

October 28, 2020 | Anti-Racist Book Club, National New Play Network, hosted online, USA

July 9, 2021 | Roosevelt University, hosted online, Chicago, Illinois

February 9, 2022 | Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

October 3, 2022 | The Saints, hosted online, Chicago, Illinois

March 24, 2023 | Ohio Northern University, Ada, Ohio

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