American Enemy

As the frenzy of travel bans are unleashed via executive orders a Bangladeshi-American Muslim professor of political science is detained on his way back to the U.S. after presenting a controversial paper at Dhaka University in Bangladesh. His professional and personal relationships are seen through the predicaments he faces at a time when his identity could at any time have him perceived as a “threat to national security.”


Synopsis: In this provocative play masquerading as a stand-up comedy routine, an Indian intersex person explores history, mythology, gender roles… and high school. Brahman/i – funny, cynical, inventive and intensely charismatic – takes on more than a dozen unforgettable characters in a fascinating life story that most of us can barely even begin to imagine.
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Land Where the Trees Talk – by Rahul Varma

Synopsis: Huge chunk of native land has been appropriated by the government for hydro-electric development, causing mercury poisoning. Natives, headed by their chief, blockade the road. Land Where the Trees Talk is a play about native rights in face of institutionalized dispossession.
Setting: Canada
Time Period: Any time
Cast Size: 11
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Trading Injuries – by Rahul Varma

Synopsis: Trading Injuries is radio version of No Man’s Land with emphasis on abusiveness of the workplace for immigrant women trapped in sweatshops.
Setting: Radio play
Time Period: Any Time
Cast Size: 8
2 south Asian males
2 south Asian females
2 Canadian males
2 Canadian female.

Design Needs: Radio play
This Play Is: published
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Counter Offence – by Rahul Varma

Synopsis: Shazia, daughter of immigrant parents form India marries Shapoor, an Iranian on a student visa.  She sponsors him for Canadian resident status.  While the process drags on, their marriage takes an ugly turn. Shapoor hits Shazia and she calls in police.  Sgt Galliard arrests Shapoor on charges of spousal abuse.
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Bhopal – by Rahul Varma

Synopsis: Based on the world’s worst industrial disaster that happened at the Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, this play is a fictional account drawing attention to human attitudes that result 20,000 dead and counting.
Mr. Devraj Sarthi, an Indian businessman trained in America, returns home to introduce India to Karbide [...]

Truth and Treason – by Rahul Varma

Iraq is roiling under the American occupation and America is preparing to host the Conference for the Democracy and Salvation of Iraq in Baghdad. One day, in front of the conference, a little girl called Ghazal Ahad, daughter of an Iraqi writer Omar Ahad, jailed by the dictator Saddam, is shot [...]

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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Mohammed & Mary – by Sujay Sood

Synopsis: MARY DIXON is an idealistic journalist from the West whose search for unbiased truth leads her to take up an assignment as an embedded war reporter. The war arena is an unspecified mountain/desert region somewhere in the East. Mary is knocked out then abducted during a sortie by a Jihadi [...]

Rangoon – by Mayank Keshaviah

Synopsis: Rangoon revisits Arthur Miller’s take on the American Dream, updating it for the new millennium by setting it in the context of immigrant culture in the post-9/11 world.  The inspiration for the story was a 2006 New York Times article that described A.C.L.U. allegations of racial bias among federal prosecutors [...]

Those Who Can’t – by Mayank Keshaviah

Synopsis: A first-year teacher is confronted with the realities of teaching in an urban public elementary school.  These realities come in the form of veteran teachers, parents and administrations who aren’t comfortable with a white woman playing savior to an at-risk population of students who are African-American and Latino.  When things [...]

Taconic Parkway – by Sudipta Bhawmik

Setting: A million dollar home in New York ; Current
Synopsis: Manasij, a veteran Bengali screen actor is visiting USA with a theater group to stage some shows in multiple cities. During his first stop in New York, he is hosted by Dipak and Sharika at their multi-million dollar mansion in upstate New York. The enthusiastic [...]

Ashoka’s Wheel – by Kesav Wable

Synopsis: It is present day. Kiran Deshpande, a real estate mogul and chair of a successful charity, â Ashokaâ s Wheelâ , steps to the podium with his wife Ritu, to address the guests attending the celebration of their non-profitâ s tenth anniversary.  Kiran will come to learn that his non-profit, [...]

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 [...]