Draw the Cirle – by Deen

Synopsis: As Deen struggles to come to terms with being a transgender man, those who love him most find themselves struggling as well in this unique solo show, told entirely from the point of view of Deenā s family, friends and partner, yet performed by Deen himself.
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The Gossamer Gyre – by Sujay Sood

Synopsis: Actors rehearsing an Elizabethan play written in blank verse begin to find strange inconsistencies that begin to dissolve the line between their “real” selves and their characters. The first act is set in the environs of Shakespeare’s Richard III. A lord seeks the murderer of his son, while his mourning daughter falls for a [...]

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 [...]

Think of Ben Brantley and Write a Happy Play – by Bina Sharif

Synopsis: Mona and Robert are an unhappily married couple. Mona keeps writing depressing plays about the Iraq war. Robert advises her to think of Ben Brantley, his favorite New York Times theatre critic, and write a happy commercial play, so they can make some money and save their marriage.
Setting: A Manhattan apartment and various off-off [...]

A Month in the Cafe – by Bina Sharif

Synopsis: No one in the cafe talks to anyone else. All customers are on computers at all times. The waitress, an unemployed actress, is lonely and wants to make friends with the customers, but no one pays attention to her. She begins her own stream of consciousness monologues about how technology has ruined human interaction. [...]

Here Comes the Change – by Bina Sharif

Synopsis: Town hall debates between the candidates for the 2008 U.S. presidential election.
Time Period: 2008
Cast Size: 10
Casting:
OBAMA
SARAH PALIN
JOHN MCCAIN
GEORGE W. BUSH
ASIF ALI SARDARI
REPORTERS (5)
This Play is: Unpublished
Production History:

Theater for the New City, New York, NY (2008)

Carrie’s Web – by Shyamala Moorty

Synopsis: Spiders have often been a source of humansâ  deepest nightmares.  However, in Carrie’s Web they may actually save the day!  A young South Asian woman struggles to untangle herself from cultural and familial webs.  She looks for empowerment to stop cycle of violence only to find help from an extremely unlikely source.  A [...]

Mother in Another Language – by Taniya Hossain

Synopsis: When Tarak, a Bengali ex-pat, and Karen, an American, decide to get married, they know they’re in for some cultural difficulties. But when Tarak buys them a brownstone and asks permission to move his mother into the basement apartment, Karen knows sheâ s getting more than she bargained for. Hoping that Tarak’s mother is [...]

Neighbors – by Taniya Hossain

Synopsis: Neighbors follows Carrie’s revelation that her husband is cheating on her with her next door neighbor’s wife.
Setting: An apartment building in New York City.
Time Period: The present
Cast Size: 2W/ 2M
Casting:
Carrie, F.
A career gal that just wants a nice life with nice vacations.
David, M.
Carrie’s husband. A man who likes to be on top. He is [...]

Deceptions – by Taniya Hossain

Synopsis: The household of a noblewoman is thrown into romantic chaos when her secret love letter is mis-delivered making and breaking up couples with each exchange.
Setting: An Italian villa and surrounding countryside (a courtyard, a garden, a forest, a road).
Time Period: 16th Century Italy
Cast Size: 4W/ 4M
Casting:
Duchess Alambria       An affluent, single woman [...]

Umbrella Spokes and the Apocalypse – by Sarovar Banka

Synopsis: Oblivious to theory, two otherwise unoccupied men construct and deconstruct the Apocalypse inside their apartment.
Setting: A  bare Los Angeles apartment
Time Period: any time/contemporary
Cast Size: 2
Casting: Douglas, a man about thirty three.
Theodore, a man also about thirty three.
Design Needs: The set is a spare, non-realistic, an impression of a place. It is a single room, [...]

Five Plays for the Visiting Maharaja – by Sarovar Banka

Synopsis: This collection of one acts are generally comedic and philosophical in their nature.  A few are short and lighthearted such as A Play for my Dentist, a ten-minute which traces the (sweet but not saccharine) emotional relationship between two dentists of different ethnicities through their research and collaboration in dentistry. Others are bit more [...]

Safe Space – by Brenden Varma

Synopsis: Safe Space is a satirical comedy featuring the South Asian-American gay and lesbian community. Opening with a support group meeting, the play follows the lives of a number of diverse characters as they try to reconcile their sexuality with their cultures and religions.
Setting: Manhattan (New York)
Time Period: Shortly after the September 11 attacks.
Cast Size: [...]

When Saris Speak (The Mother) – Part I of Migritude, An Epic Journey in Four Movements – by Shailja Patel

Synopsis: 90-minute spoken-word theatre show
Written, produced, and performed by Shailja Patel
Directed by Kim Cook, Choreography by Parijat Desai  www.parijatdesai.org
90-minute spoken-word theatre show. Uses artist’s trousseau of saris, passed down by her mother, to unfold hidden histories of women’s lives in the bootprint of Empire, from India to East Africa. Text consists of 14 sections, divided [...]

RADIO DIARIES OF HANK, YANK AND PRANK – by Rehana Mirza

Synopsis: A semi-serious comedy about a radio show that wakes up New York with frivolous pranks, and the intern who comes along to reform it, one fart joke at a time. 1 hr, 40min
Setting: New York
Time Period: The Present
Cast Size:  3M, 1W
Production History: *John Golden Award