“Here is the full WBEZ Afternoon Shift interview from today with Artistic Director Kamal Hans & Associate Artistic Director Alka Nayyar on Madhuri Shekar’s A NICE INDIAN BOY! A great discussion with Nalia Bodhoo on the themes of the play, plus a scene from the show as well! Be sure to check it out!”
Stuff that’s been happening…
Jan 3 – 9: I made my first visit to Chicago, my first brush with real winter! Arrived just in time for the scarily named Arctic Blast to blow through the city. But spending a week with Rasaka Theatre in the first week of rehearsals for A Nice Indian Boy warmed me up plenty.
Rasaka Theatre’s production, opening TONIGHT (Feb 12 (!)) in Chicago, is the play’s second production and mid-west premiere.
Jan 10-11: From Chicago I land in DC and head straight to the opening night of In Love and Warcraft by No Rules Theatre Company, being staged at Signature Theatre in Arlington. I get to see the magical Anu Yadav kill it as Evie and spend a wonderful weekend enjoying the hospitality of No Rules’ board members in Virginia.
And we get a nice review in the Washington Post. YAY. PHEW.
Jan 25: We shoot the Kickstarter promo for the new webseries I’m co-creating with Megan Kelly and Seamus Sullivan – Titus and Dronicus. It is insane, overwhelming, enlightening, holyshitexpensive, and it was only the freaking Kickstarter promo. Filmmaking is hard. But fun. (But hard.)
Jan 26: I fly to Chennai.
Now I’m in India through the end of April, where I don’t need to worry about cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, driving, or… having any kind of social life. I get to spend time with my family and not do much else. And with several writing projects to juggle, it’s the perfect arrangement. For now. I try not to worry about what my life will be like beyond the next few months, but of course, trying not to worry about something is about as effective as… as…
Oh I can’t come up with a metaphor, what am I, a writer or something.
Current projects:- A screenplay adaptation of A Nice Indian Boy- Finishing up Antigone, Presented by the Girls of St. Catherine’s to be produced at the Alliance Theatre in April.- A new commissioned play for the Golden Tongues series by Playwrights Arena in Los Angeles.- A longform article for Hinduism Today about the LGBT Hindu community around the world.- Starting research/notes on my Bharatanatyam play, which has been incubating in my head for years now.
I’ve never really known what to do with this blog. I use Facebook for personal updates and promotions whenever I need it, Twitter for sharing interesting links, Instagram for pictures like these –
– And don’t really know what to use this blog for. I should journal my life more, because it’s interesting and I would like to keep track of it somewhere where I’m not flooding people with updates. But then on the other hand, without an audience, I don’t feel the need to write about my life.
Also, I’m always working on a project, so the thought of blogging when I should be working on my script is just out of the question most of the time.
Plus WordPress is so cumbersome when it comes to uploading/embedding images.
So I don’t really know what to do. My Chicago and DC trips were so eventful, but I don’t feel like writing about them now, so they will only exist as the few lines I’ve deigned to give them above.