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Rohina Malik is an American of Pakistani descent. She is a Chicago based playwright, actress and solo performance artist.

Biography

She was born and raised in London, England where she attended Brentford School for Girls where she showed great interest in theater and drama. At the age of 15 she migrated to Chicago with her family and attended Niles North High School in Skokie, IL, where she wrote and performed in several theatrical plays. [1]

She had planned to study Theater after high school however due to due to pressure from family members that "women in our culture do not go into theater" she changed her plans and completed a BA in Religious Studies from DePaul University in 1999. She got married and was busy in raising her children. However she still felt this void in her life.

Reflecting over her life, she realized some of her happiest moments were when she was performing during her high school years. She decided to take a class on writing a one-person play with Tekki Lominicki in April 2008. During the same class, she started writing her much acclaimed play "Unveiled". She was offered at the end of the class to perform a sample of her play in the Fillet of Solo Festival at Live Bait Theater in July 2008.

This started her journey into playwrighting and solo performance.

Career

In September 2011, Rohina was one of the four new additions to Chicago Dramatist's resident playwrights.[2] She is also an artistic associate at 16th Street Theater in Berwyn, IL. In August 2011, she was nominated for the 3 Arts Artist Award in playwriting.

She has also collaborated in several plays with other artists like Tanya Saracho and Elizabeth Berg in "Our Holiday Stories" which was produced at the 16th Street Theater in November/December 2011.

Plays

UNVEILED - One Woman Play about Muslim Women post 9/11 (2009)

In August 2008, Rohina received play development for her play "Unveiled" in the Fresh Produce Workshop at University of Chicago theater where Ann Filmer (Artistic Director) from 16th Street Theater was introduced to her play.

In May 2009 her one-woman play UNVEILED was accepted for its world premiere at the 16th Street Theater (Berwyn, Illinois) by Ann Filmer, where Rohina performed her play to sold-out houses and received critical acclaim.

Five Muslim women in a post-9/11 world serve tea and uncover what lies beneath the veil in this compelling one-woman show. The play can be performed as a one-woman show, or with multiple actors. Reviews for the play from the World Premiere A "terrific show... intellectually engrossing work of theater"—Nina Metz, Chicago Tribune[3]

"Unveiled offers a provocative, insightful and uplifting theater experience." Tom Witom, Pioneer Press[4]

"Powerful solo show... five riveting tales of Muslim women"—Jack Helbig, Chicago Reader[5]

“A compelling 70-minute piece rich with illuminating surprises, drawing the audience into worlds that are both unique and truly universal. It is terrifically entertaining. -- Catey Sullivan, Chicago Examiner

"A marvelous premiere production!"—Alan Bresloff, Steadstyle Chicago

UNVEILED received a second production at Victory Gardens Theater (Chicago, Illinois),[6] a third production at the Next Theater (Evanston, Illinois).[7]

In Sept 2011 UNVEILED had its fourth production at Brava Theater[8] (San Francisco, California). Her fifth production has recently concluded at the The Theatre Project[9] (Baltimore, Maryland).

After her huge success with 'Unveiled', she received interest in her next play YASMINA'S NECKLACE (El Collar de Yasmin) from several different theater companies. Her play was workshopped by Teatro Vista in August 2009 and was offered with more play development as part of New Staged Series by the Goodman Theatre (Chicago, IL) in December 2009, which was directed by Henry Godinez.

YASMINA'S NECKLACE (2010)

She workshopped her next play YASMINA’S NECKLACE with the Goodman Theatre (Chicago, Illinois) in their New Staged Series in Dec 2009, directed by Henry Godinez.[10] This play is dealing with Identity crisis and learning to understand your roots as 1st generation American.

Meet Abdul Samee: his father is Iraqi, his mother is Puerto Rican-but if you ask him, he’ll say he’s Italian. Longing to shed his cultural identity he changes his name to Sam, marries an American and does everything in his power to turn his back on his heritage. But when Sam meets Yasmina, a beautiful woman from his father’s homeland, he begins to learn that a tree without roots cannot stand for long.

THE MECCA TALES (2011)

In November 2010, Rohina was added to the inaugural Goodman Theatre's Playwright Unit. Her third play The Mecca Tales, which is a Goodman commission, had a staged reading as part of the playwright unit in June 2011, directed by Ron OJ Parsons.[11]

Her play Mecca Tales is a twist on Chaucer's classic The Cantebury Tales. Five Muslim women meet for the first time on a camping trip to prepare for the challenges of their upcoming pilgrimage to Mecca. Grace, the group’s leader, requires each of the pilgrims to reveal her unique and personal reason for making this journey. The women must choose whether to reveal themselves and go forward, or to guard their stories and stay behind. Poetic and transporting, The Mecca Tales explores the power of ritual and redemption.[12]

Other Activities

She has also recently been requested to provide video based inspirational reflections for 30 Good Minutes (a weekly multifaith program on WTTW (Channel 11) PBS in Chicago. Her reflections will be shown throughout 2012 as part of the weekly program. Some of these reflections are listed below.

Finding Balance in your life

Discipline in Fasting

References

  1. Brachear, Manya A (May 19, 2011). "Muslim playwright, actress returns to high school stage for one-woman show". Chicago Tribune. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-05-19/news/ct-met-muslim-playwright-20110519_1_rohina-malik-muslim-women-actress-returns. 
  2. Chicago Dramatists Announces New Resident Playwrights. September 14, 2011. Theater in Chicago.
  3. Metz, Nina (May 13, 2009). "Wearing her veil, her Islamic faith without apology in 'Unveiled' at 16th Street Theater". Chicago Tribune. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2009-05-13/entertainment/0905120398_1_monologues-boring-unveiled. 
  4. Witom, Tom. 'Unveiled' probing look beneath the surface Cite 'Unveiled' probing look beneath the surface. Pioneer Press. Retrieved on May 7, 2009.
  5. Helbig, Jack (May 2009). "Unveiled - the play review". http://events.chicagoreader.com/chicago/Event?oid=1004494. 
  6. Jones, Chad (May 26, 2010). "Five Muslim women, 'Unveiled' at VG". Chicago Tribune. http://leisureblogs.chicagotribune.com/the_theater_loop/2010/03/muslim-women-unveiled-theater-review.html. 
  7. Zacher, Scotty. When Clothing Makes, or Unmakes, the Woman. September 16, 2010. Chicago Theater Beat.
  8. Jones, Chad (September 8, 2011). "Muslim writer-actress on "Unveiled"". San Francisco Gate. http://articles.sfgate.com/2011-09-08/entertainment/30125991_1_muslim-women-rohina-malik-hijab. 
  9. Smith, Tim (December 1, 2011). "'Unveiled': A post-9/11 portrait of Muslim women". Baltimore Sun. http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2011-12-01/entertainment/bs-ae-arts-story-1202-20111201_1_rohina-malik-muslim-women-hijab. 
  10. Rohina Malik (playwright). Goodman Theatre.
  11. Goodman Theatre Launches Playwright's Unit. November 3, 2010. Broadway World.
  12. Siddiqui, Samana. Review: The Mecca Tales by Rohina Malik. June 2011. Chicago Crescent.
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