“Writing plays is a mysterious experience for me, it’s messy. The seed for my plays usually comes from a word, a sentence that someone causally says. I listen carefully to the side remarks, the stuff people say that they think is insignificant, that’s where I start to dig for treasure. The first draft is just the surface of the play, I have to dig. I can write a hundred pages before I discover the gold, and say, ‘That’s it, I’ve just found scene one.’
It’s also very mystical. Information is revealed to me about the play. I remember brushing my teeth and the word ‘Annulment’ came into my head. I ran to my computer, and started to re-write Yasmina’s Necklace. That one word changed the entire script. I write plays because it’s my way of solving problems. Art, in its many forms, has the power to solve world problems. That’s why I believe we should do everything we can to nurture and protect it.”
Rohina Malik is a critically acclaimed playwright, actress and solo performance artist. She was born and raised in London, England, of South Asian heritage.
Rohina’s play The Mecca tales was produced by Chicago Dramatists, and nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Play. She is an artistic associate at 16th Street Theater and a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists and a company member at Voyage Theater Company in NYC. Her one woman play Unveiled was developed and had its world premiere at 16th Street, directed by Ann Filmer, where it received critical acclaim before moving on to Victory Gardens and then productions across the country.
Rohina’s plays have been produced at 16th Street Theater, Victory Gardens Theater, Crossroads Theater, Next Theater, Brava Theater, Voyage Theater Company, Silk Road Rising and Theater Project Baltimore. Rohina is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America.