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Monday, February 26, 2024

This is a repeating event

21mar7:30 pm9:00 pmDil Ka Event Organized ByPresentation House TheatreEvent Type Theatre7:30 pm - 9:00 pm(GMT-07:00) Presentation House Theatre, 333 Chesterfield Ave, North Vancouver, BC, V7M 3G9, Canada

Dil Ka

Event Details

Centring on a queer Muslim woman stepping into her truth, power, and heart, Dil Ka [‘of the heart’] follows Zahra, a 26-year-old Pakistani woman, as she prepares to meet her latest arranged match for marriage. Zahra spends most of the play in her family’s kitchen preparing the traditional Pakistani dish, biryani, to present to the prospective groom’s family. As the story unfolds, the biryani becomes a metaphor for the ingredients that make a “perfect bride.”

“I wanted to pay homage to the kitchen in this play, particularly as a place of solace for brown women for decades. Kitchens have served as places of gossip, connection, and – in this play– confession, allowing for honesty outside of the realms of patriarchy,” explains Lee Nisar. “Through direct address as a confessional, Zahra unpacks the complexities of navigating one’s identity in a multicultural society.”

Audiences are invited to experience queer brown joy onstage– to laugh, cry, and challenge their own perspectives while watching Dil Ka. Nisar set out to write each character as real and varied in their own relationships to religion as Muslims often are, despite the media trying to paint them all as a monolith.

“I think it is important, now more than ever, for audiences to be confronted with the beauty of being a queer brown Muslim, and how these identities do not have to be exclusionary but, rather, inform each other in the most incredible ways,” shares Nisar. Dil Ka prompts audiences to reflect on their own experiences of belonging, acceptance, and the pursuit of authenticity in a world that often demands conformity.

Future Event Times in this Repeating Event Series

march 22, 2024 7:30 pmmarch 23, 2024 2:00 pmmarch 23, 2024 7:30 pmmarch 24, 2024 2:00 pmmarch 28, 2024 7:30 pmmarch 29, 2024 7:30 pmmarch 30, 2024 2:00 pmmarch 30, 2024 7:30 pmmarch 31, 2024 2:00 pm