Dunn invited her to see the Stage Company production of "What I Wore," and Abulqadir accepted. Dunn also suggested Abulqadir might consider trying out for the company's next production.
"I said I would think about it," Abulqadir said.
And then she did something that surprised even her. She showed up for auditions. And landed a lead role.
You might think the chain of events would be anxiety producing, but Abulqadir says the opposite is true.
"It's really fun. It's a stress reliever," she said. "I get to jump into a character I know nothing about."
Her character is opinionated and not afraid to speak her mind. She thinks the white executive is guilty. She thinks there's racism involved. She likes her boss, but doesn't care for his partner.
Abulqadir said she can identify with her character, Susan.
"Me being me, I have that personality," she said, adding, "but not in a bad way."
The most daunting part of being in her first play was learning lines.
"The first scene was the hardest," Abulqadir said, but then she hit her stride.
The experience has been a good one and Abulqadir says this won't be her last production.
"I actually want to audition for more plays."
Contact writer Monica Orosz at mon...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4830.
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