Mayank Keshaviah

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Bio

Mayank Keshaviah is a Los Angeles-based playwright and screenwriter.  Prior to moving to L.A. in 2005, he served on the board of South Asian Theatre Arts Guild Experiment (STAGE) in Washington, D.C.  As part of STAGE, he directed Rearranged Marriage and Psycho for the annual South Asian Literary and Theatre Arts Festival (SALTAF).  He also assistant directed Lenny & Lou, which opened Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company’s 25th Anniversary season.

Since moving to Los Angeles, Mayank has worked on the world premiere of Robert Schenkkan’s Lewis and Clark Reach the Euphrates at the Mark Taper Forum and in the Literary Department of Center Theatre Group.  In 2007, his play Those Who Can’t received a workshop production as part of the USC School of Theatre’s Blueprints festival, and in 2008, his play Rangoon was given a staged reading in the Under Construction festival of graduate playwrights.

When he’s not working on his own scripts, Mayank reviews theatre for the LA Weekly and is a member of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle.  He holds a B.A. in Economics from Dartmouth College, an M.A. in Teaching from American University, and an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from the University of Southern California.

Plays

Full Length Plays

Rangoon
A 7-Eleven and the Patel household.  The suburban and rural South.
The present.

A reexamination of Arthur Miller’s take on the American Dream through the lens of the Patel family, whose patriarch Dhiraj desperately pursues success to offset personal and familial shortcomings from his past, all while trying to keep tradition alive and his family together.

Those Who Can’t
An elementary school.  The inner city.
The present.

A first-year teacher and her colleagues struggle with the generosity necessary to accept each other’s differences in a fragmented world.  The play touches on issues of race, class and of course education, but more than anything, it illuminates the realities of teaching on the “ground level”  in modern urban America.

A Tryst with Maya
A college.  New England.
The present.

An Indian professor of English begins an affair with an underage student, while at the same time being set up with an Indian woman his own age by his mother.  The complications that ensue explore the descent into deceit of an academic who has the hubris to believe that he can have his sex and eat it too.

Very Good, Sir
A flat and a countryside manor.  London and Brinkley Court.
The early 1900s.

An adaptation of P.G. Wodehouse’s novel Right Ho, Jeeves, this playful romp through the upper class world of Edwardian England follows the misadventures of Bertram Wooster as he does everything in his power to maintain his uninterrupted life of leisure.  Unfortunately, everyone needs something from him, or rather from his keen-minded butler Jeeves, a fact that bothers Bertie to no end and sets up a game of one-upmanship between man and manservant.

One Acts & Short Plays

Love Is All Around
A kitchen.  Long Island, NY.
The present.

Reginald and Lucinda, an elderly couple in their late 60s, cannot bear to live apart, so Reginald must prove one more time that he truly loves his wife.

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