The Laramie Project

The Laramie Project

Zubaida is a Muslim university student living in Laramie. Zubaida considers herself an Islamic feminist. She expresses her frustration at the questions people in Laramie asked her after she chose to start wearing a veil. Zubaida, who attended Matthew Shepard’s vigil, also feels frustrated by Laramie’s lack of accountability for its culture of intolerance and discrimination. Zubaida advocates for Laramie residents to face their community’s flaws rather than denying them, believing that in doing so they may actually be able to make Laramie more accepting.

Zubaida Ula Quotes in The Laramie Project

The The Laramie Project quotes below are all either spoken by Zubaida Ula or refer to Zubaida Ula. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Dramatists Play Service edition of The Laramie Project published in 2001.
Act 1: A Scarf Quotes

You know, it’s so unreal to me that, yeah, that a group from New York would be writing a play about Laramie. And then I was picturing like you’re gonna be in a play about my town. You’re gonna be onstage in New York and you’re gonna be acting like you’re us. That’s so weird.

Related Characters: Zubaida Ula (speaker), Stephen Belber
Page Number: 37
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Act 2: It Happened Here Quotes

And someone got up there and said… c’mon guys, let’s show the world that Laramie is not this kind of a town, why did this happen here?... That’s a lie. Because it happened here. So how could it not be a town where this kind of thing happens?...And we have to mourn this and we have to be sad that we live in a town, a state, a country where shit like this happens. I mean, these are people trying to distance themselves from this crime. And we need to own this crime…We are like this.

Related Characters: Zubaida Ula (speaker)
Page Number: 60-61
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Zubaida Ula Character Timeline in The Laramie Project

The timeline below shows where the character Zubaida Ula appears in The Laramie Project. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1: A Scarf
Homophobia, Tolerance, and Acceptance Theme Icon
Religion, Morality, and Prejudice Theme Icon
Theater and Representation Theme Icon
Stephen Belber, one of the playwrights, has breakfast with university student and Islamic feminist Zubaida Ula . Zubaida tells Stephen that she and her parents moved to Laramie from Bangladesh when... (full context)
Act 2: It Happened Here
Homophobia, Tolerance, and Acceptance Theme Icon
Violence, Punishment, and Justice Theme Icon
Media and Community Theme Icon
Theater and Representation Theme Icon
Zubaida Ula describes her experience at the vigil for Matthew Shepard. She says that it felt good... (full context)
Act 3: A Death Penalty Case
Homophobia, Tolerance, and Acceptance Theme Icon
Violence, Punishment, and Justice Theme Icon
Theater and Representation Theme Icon
Zubaida Ula says she defers to the Shepard family’s wishes, but she knew Aaron McKinney in elementary... (full context)