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 the majority of the play in her family’s kitchen preparing the traditional Pakistani dish, biryani, to present to the prospective groom’s family.
Dil Ka investigates the concept of the kitchen as both a refuge and place of constriction for many South Asian women and dissects the way in which we inherit familial habits and – most importantly – recipes. Toying with a direct address as a confessional to explore the intersecting identity of a queer Muslim woman and the growing tension between her familial duties and her own desires for life. As the story unfolds the biryani becomes a metaphor for the ingredients that make a “perfect bride”.
The play includes offensive language and discussions of homophobia, racism, and Islamophobia.
Ruby Slippers Theatre, in association with Presentation House Theatre and the Blackout Arts Society, presents the world premiere production of Dil Ka by Lee Nisar
Presentation House Theatre, North Vancouver
March 22-31, 2024
Cast and creative team:
Written by Lee Nisar
Directed by Tricia Trinh
Technical Direction by Jessica Han
Set design by Kimira Reddy
Lighting design by John Webber
Sound design by Mishelle Cutler
Video design by Chimerik
Costume design by Rachel Macadam