The Rule of Four to One by Brishkay Ahmed
Written with Ash Crescent.
In the colony of Khyber, Mustafa arrives at the court to get a fourth wife and wheat. This need is interrupted when Khadeja, Barrah and Aminah - from the Women's Council - arrive to present their case to revoke the four wives for one husband law. Mustafa's desire is interrupted by the women's need. For the women, the Judge's decisions will reshape the future of their colony. For Mustafa, the outcome will shape the future of his family. In his final term as tribal leader of Khyber, the last founding father of a collapsing colony, he must strategically decide for his people on a dividing factor - saving culture or people?
Keywords: women, faith, wives, east, economy, relationship, dystopia, eastern absurdist
Produced by Burqa Boutique, Vancouver BC, May 2019
Run time: 30 minutes
Suitable for students 16+
Cast size: 6 actors
Male roles: 2
Female roles: 4
Other roles: 3
Casting note: All characters are from central Asia or the Middle East region.