Upintheair Theatre  Presents a Reading of Zahida Rahemtulla's

The Wrong Bashir


Bashir Ladha, UBC philosophy major leaning towards Buddhism, is mixed up with Bashir Ladha, religious all-star with an outstanding track-record of good deeds in his community. The wrong Bashir has accidentally been selected to assume an important religious position, and his parents have dutifully accepted on his behalf. 

Debut playwright Zahida Rahemtulla and Jessie and Fringe award-winning director/producer Rohit Chokhani join forces to bring you a brand-new comedy about a family and community grappling with the future of their identity in Canada. The play centres around a religious council’s mix-up between two second-generation millennials – both named Bashir Ladha – who they have selected to fill a prestigious religious role.  A family conflict ensues over the mistaken young man’s reaction to his appointment, taking the family on a comedic journey towards understanding their intergenerational migratory identity in Canada.

The Wrong Bashir is a work-in-progress currently in its very early stages. Special thanks to Playwrights Theatre Centre, Project SAT, and the Arts Club LEAP Playwriting Program for supporting its development. 

Written by Zahida Rahemtulla
Directed by Rohit Chokhani

Venue: The Founders' Lounge Cabaret
75 minutes

Saturday May 26  - 1:30pm

This is Zahida and Rohit's second collaboration together. Their first collaboration, Bombay Black (written by Anosh Irani), won the following accolades:

  • Pick of the Fringe award at Vancouver Fringe Festival 2017 (sold-out run)
  • Georgia Straight Critics' Pick Award Runner-Up 
  • One of top 20 stages to hit Vancouver stages in 2017 by The Georgia Straight
  • Top 5 shows at the Fringe, Global News TV
  • Top 7 shows, Vancouver Sun 
  • Top 7 shows, Vancouver Province 
  • Top 10 show pick by Vancouver Presents 
  • Vancouver Courier fall arts preview "Show to Watch"

Thank you to the explorASIAN Festival, Playwrights Theatre Centre, and Vancouver Asian Heritage Month for promoting this reading. 

rEvolver 2018 Mainstage Shows

VENUE - The Cultch:  1895 Venables Street, Vancouver, BC