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Yasmina’s Necklace

“It Started with a Necklace”: Meet Playwright Rohina Malik

Shortly before rehearsals began, Rohina Malik spoke with dramaturg Dana Lynn Formby about her inspiration for Yasmina’s Necklace and her journey as a playwright. Dana Lynn Formby: What inspired this play? Rohina Malik: It started with a necklace. My friend told me about a cashier he saw at a grocery store. She wore a necklace…

A Note About About Yasmina’s Necklace From the Artistic Director

I first heard about Rohina Malik’s work when she wrote and performed her one-woman show, Unveiled, in which she played five distinct Muslim women discussing their choice to cover their heads—and the resulting discrimination they encountered, especially after 9/11. This play demonstrated Rohina’s ability to challenge stereotypes surrounding the Muslim community, of which she is…

Parents & Marriage: Yasmina’s Necklace and 3 Other Stories

In Yasmina’s Necklace, Sam (Abdul Samee Marcario Lopez Hassan) defies his parents’ wishes not only by changing his name to the much more American-sounding Sam but also by denying their attempts to arrange a marriage for him. Freshly off a divorce from an American woman, Sam is doubtful, not just of his parents’ matchmaking abilities,…

Yasmina’s Necklace at 16th Street Theater: Chicago Tribune Review

Yasmina's Necklace makes it's downtown debut at the Goodman, starting October 20 in the Owen Theatre. The 2016 Jeff Award Nominee for Best New Play made it's world premiere just last year at Berwyn's 16th Street Theatre, charming audiences and critics alike. In her review of the world premiere production, Chicago Tribune theater critic Kerry Reid discusses the heartfelt…

Yasmina’s Necklace: Echoes of Antigone

Rohina Malik’s Yasmina’s Necklace details the journey of one young Iraqi woman as she opens herself up to the possibilities of happiness and purpose in her new Chicago home. Throughout the play we learn of Yasmina’s trials and experiences both in her homeland and on her path to Chicago. One of Yasmina’s tasks mirrors that…

6 Chicago Non-Profits Helping Refugees

In Yasmina’s Necklace, Yasmina dreams of opening a nonprofit organization to provide aid to the local refugees, particularly the young women with which she identifies. Yasmina’s organization would join the ranks of some of Chicago’s leading humanitarian organizations helping immigrants and refugees. Here are just some of Chicago’s many nonprofits fulfilling Yasmina’s dream of helping refugee…