• Wednesday, September 26, 2018
  • Queen in the Bay Area

    QUEEN will be playing in the Bay Area this weekend, Sep 28-29! Tickets/info: https://www.tikkl.com/enacte/c/queen

    Produced by EnActe Arts and directed by Vinita Sud Belani.

    EnActe did multiple wonderful productions of my play A NICE INDIAN BOY and I’m so glad to be working with them again.

    The Simpsons writer/producer and playwright Mike Reiss saw the Bay Area premiere of the play last week and was nice enough to leave a video review.

    Which also made me think of another amazing video review I got for this play, from Tanya Saracho herself, playwright extraordinaire and creator of the new Starz show VIDA.

    🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝

  • Monday, September 17, 2018
  • House of Joy

    Photo by Lorenz Angelo, Bay Area Playwrights Festival 2018

    Full length: 5F, 1M, 1 Non-Binary

    Upcoming: World Premiere at Cal Shakes, August 2019!

    Synopsis
    Set some time like the 17th century, in some place like Delhi, India, House of Joy tells the story of Hamida, an elite female bodyguard in the Emperor’s Imperial Harem. Faced with an impossible ethical quandary, Hamida tries to help an abused Queen escape the heavily guarded harem, thus risking her life and going against everything she was raised to believe. A swashbuckling action-adventure romance inspired by the legends of Indian history.

    Development History:
    Bay Area Playwrights Festival: July 2018
    South Coast Repertory: Pacific Playwrights Festival: April 2018
    New York Stage and Film: January 2018
    Pratidhwani Represent Festival: October, 2017
    Juilliard New Play Festival: September, 2017
    Atlantic Theatre: Asian American Mix Fest, August 2017

    Script Requests: Beth Blickers, bblickers@apa-agency.com

  • Sunday, September 9, 2018
  • Workshop of a radio play for Audible

    Had my first workshop of a new radio play for Audible this week, coming to your ears in 2019! Very very excited for this one. Thank you @piajune for taking these pictures of our process! (at Minetta Lane Theater)
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BnfaYT6Bc_Y/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=ecx9beisggbo

  • Monday, September 3, 2018
  • Queen

    Photo by Liz Lauren, Victory Gardens 2017

    Full length. 2f, 2m

    World Premiere at Victory Gardens, Chicago, April 2017. Directed by Joanie Schultz.

    Recent and Upcoming productions:
    Seattle: August 2018. Directed by Agastya Kohli, Produced by Pratidhwani and ACT
    Cupertino: September 2018. Directed by Vinita Sud Belani, Produced by EnActe Theatre.
    New York: February 2019. Details to be announced.

    Synopsis
    Sanam Shah, a mathematician, and Ariel Spiegel, a biologist, are PhD candidates and best friends working together to discover the cause of colony collapse disorder – the urgent, ecological crisis where bees are disappearing around the world in alarming numbers. Just as they are about to publish a career-defining new paper on the subject, calling for a ban on commercial pesticides, Sanam realizes that the numbers don’t add up to support their conclusion. Should she look the other way for the sake of environmental action, or should she stand by her scientific principles, even if it means ceding ground to an ecological disaster, jeopardizing her career, and losing her best friend?

    Development History:

    June 2013/14 Center Theatre Group Writer’s Workshop, Los Angeles
    August 2014 Oregon Shakespeare Festival Black Swan Lab, Ashland
    July 2015 Victory Gardens Ignition Festival, Chicago
    October 2015 Blank Theatre Living Room Series, Los Angeles
    March 2017 Ma-Yi Labfest, New York

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