Blacky’s Trunk (English/French) – by Sujay Sood

Synopsis: The play is written in English and Hindi (an original version exists in English and French; English/Spanish and English/Hungarian versions also exist).

The structure of the play and the nature of physical and verbal repetition is such that a spectator how knows only one language either English or French will be able to understand the entirety of the play by the end of both acts.

Duration: 2 hours, ~1 hour each act.

Note: Suggested size of Blacky’s Trunk:  6 ft long by 3 ft high by 2 ft deep.


Setting: A beach, anytime
Time Period: Any time

Cast Size: 5
Casting: Atman: motivated in life by the physical
Kala: in search of artistic expression
Maya: ruled by the desire of the seductress
Braman: motivated by the scientific
Child: (preferably of indeterminate sex)

Design Needs: The trunk is central to this play. It should be sufficiently large to contain the actor for a brief period, with a backside flap for easy exit.
Sand is a requirement for the Child’s sandbox.
Braman’s bag has some essential paraphernalia, as will become clear in the play.

This Play Is: unpublished
Production History: The play was performed in 2000 (english/French) at the Boston Conservatory, and in 2004 in English/Hindi by the South Asian Theatre Group at the Boston Actors Workshop.

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