Posted on Thursday, March 31st, 2016 by Kelsey Rausch
A while back, my professor told my class about an opportunity to see a show written, directed, and acted by a Muslim woman named Rohina Malik. Her play, titled Unveiled, talks about the struggles of Muslim women post 9/11. Rohina Malik is insanely talented because she performs in this one-woman show as many different characters with many different accents. At one point, she raps in an English accent, and at a another she is a Pakistani dress designer. In each scene, her acting was funny and raw; I left the show feeling like I had witnessed something important. It’s one thing to see a show with actors portraying people, it’s an entirely other thing when the actor is portraying things that have or could have happened to her in her real life. Her message was that this country has cultivated a hatred towards Muslims, especially Muslims who choose to wear hijabs. Her stories strike a chord with her audiences and many times leave them in tears. In addition to the stories that she tells, Rahina herself is an inspiration. Being a successful Muslim woman playwright AND a successful actress is unfortunately unheard of. Rahina is doing great things for racism and doing great things for feminism. On top of it all, she has won awards for her plays and has performed at numerous theatres across the United States. It was an amazing production and I am so glad that Concordia brought her on campus to share her talent with us all.