“Dil Ka” gets its world premiere in North Vancouver

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      Dil Ka, a new production by 24-year-old Toronto playwright Lee Nisar, will get its world premiere in North Vancouver next month.

      Coming from Ruby Slippers Theatre in association with Blackout Arts Society and Presentation House Theatre, the show debuts at Presentation House Theatre in March. It tells the story of Zahra, a 26-year-old queer Muslim woman navigating the complexities of tradition, identity, and love.

      “I think it is important, now more than ever, for audiences to be confronted with the beauty of being a queer brown Muslim,” Nisar shares in a release, “and how these identities do not have to be exclusionary but, rather, inform each other in the most incredible ways.”

      The play’s title—Dil Ka—translates to “of the heart.”

      Set against the backdrop of a traditional Pakistani household, Zahra's preparations for an arranged marriage serve as a symbolic narrative, with the biryani she meticulously crafts reflecting the ingredients of femininity and cultural expectations—a metaphor for the “perfect” wife.

      “I wanted to pay homage to the kitchen in this play, particularly as a place of solace for brown women for decades,” Nisar adds. “Kitchens have served as places of gossip, connection, and—in this play—confession, allowing for honesty outside of the realms of patriarchy.”

      Dil Ka

      When: March 22 to 31

      Where: Presentation House Theatre (333 Chesterfield Ave, North Vancouver)

      Tickets: Starting at $22 at phtheatre.org