Casting Call for Silk Road Institute’s Professional Independent Production of The Rishta

Written by Uzma Jalaluddin

Please submit demo reels, headshots and resumes in advance of your chosen audition option OR by 5pm ET Monday February 13th.

Casting Form

We are still looking for actors to fulfill the roles of ARIFA, JAMAL and GRANDPARENTS on the production. 

ARIFA, late 40’s, South Asian and/or Muslim woman. Speaks beginner Urdu. Principal.

Arifa is Samah’s mom, a traditional and upstanding community figure. Has high expectations for her children, and feels pressure to perform a role she does not entirely embody.

JAMAL, late 40’s, South Asian and/or Muslim man. Speaks beginner Urdu. Principal.

Jamal is Samah’s father and a more reserved and quieter person, and highly successful business owner and pillar of the community.

Two South Asian and/or Muslim women, late 40s, Speaks beginner Urdu.

Take on the role of grandparent(s)

Please make sure you are available for any ONE of the following audition options:

  • In person in Montreal Friday February 10th between 12pm – 1pm or between 1:50pm – 3:05pm (only 6 slots currently available)
  • In-person in Toronto Saturday Feb 11th at 12:10pm, 1:50pm or 2:30pm (only 3 slots currently available)
  • Virtual Auditions* Sunday February 12th between 11am – 1:30pm
  • In-Person in Montreal Sunday February 19th between 12pm – 5pm

Please submit demo reels, headshots and resumes in advance of your chosen audition option OR by 5pm ET Monday February 13th.

Rehearsals will take place in Montreal tentatively from Feb 27th – March 27th, 2023 with a two-week performance run starting on March 30th.

*Preference for in-person auditions where possible

**Preference for candidates based in Montreal and/or Canada but we welcome non-Canadian applicants who are legally allowed to work in Canada.


Using clever, humorous dialogue and cultural references across diverse Muslim backgrounds, Uzma Jalaluddin’s play centers around the story of a young South Asian woman, Samah, who has fallen in love with a Moroccan man, Hussain. Convinced that her parents will not allow for an intercultural marriage, Samah employs the help of a rambunctious and enterprising matchmaker, Badra, to introduce Samah’s family to a few terrible suitors in order for them to eventually be dazzled and charmed by the last one, Hussain. What ensues is a hilarious sequence of events where each family member strikes a separate and private deal with Badra, hoping for a very different outcome at the end of the meetings with all potential suitors.