If you go
When: 7:30 p.m. today, Friday, Saturday and May 30-June1
Where: Capitol Center Theater
Tickets: $15 for adults, $10 for students
Belen Abulqadir had been looking for a way to get involved in the community.
She didn't expect her search would land her in a lead role on stage.
"It's the first thing I've ever done," said Abulqadir. And she really means first. She's never been in a play, let alone in a major role.
Tonight, she takes the stage as the only female in David Mamet's drama, "Race."
Abulqadir plays a young legal assistant in a law firm that has been asked to defend a wealthy white executive charged with raping a black woman.
Abulqadir moved to Charleston about two years ago, where she works in the insurance business. And she was looking for ways to connect and make friends.
The answer came one evening when she was spending time downtown. She had gone to the library and then headed to Adelphia on Capitol Street for a bit of dinner.
"It was really hot, so I went outside to sit down," she recalled. And she struck up a conversation with Emily Alice Dunn, who happens to be involved in community theater.