Stream of Consciousness of Singing Birds – by Bina Sharif

Synopsis: A memory play of surrealistic bird-like humans and their journey from one climate to another and from one culture to another, encompassing oceans, mountains, high and low altitudes. A journey of happiness and loss, of life and death. A journey within and a journey of everyday happenings.
Cast Size: 9
This Play is: Unpublished
Production History:

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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 [...]

An Antigone Story – by Shishir Kurup

A play with songs.
Synopsis: A hijack of Sophocles’ original protest drama set in the near future following the breakup of the former United States into a loose federation of nation states, Antigone is a rocker-performance-artist-tree hugger who defies her Uncle Krayon, a media mogul who is also the Governor of the powerful nation state of [...]

The Doctor is Indian – by Shane Sakhrani

Synopsis: In the newly globalized India, the Gupta family of Marine Drive is on the edge of a nervous break down. Many of the battles between East and West are taking place under their own roof: a business thatā s been in the family for generations was ruined by a powerful American company, a highly [...]

The Return – by Sudipta Bhawmik

Synopsis: Set in a suburb of the great city of Calcutta in India during the late seventies and early eighties, ā The Returnā   deals with the eternal struggle which every immigrant in USA has to go through in order to balance between the strong attachment to their home land and the economic and social [...]

The Redemption – by Sudipta Bhawmik

Synopsis: This play is about a person named Subimal who, once an active Maoist communist, had to flee his own country and come to America in search of a new life. Although Subimal did find a new life for himself, his past always haunted him, a past which he had always kept a deep secret. [...]

Ron – by Sudipta Bhawmik

Synopsis: The play is about the continuous fight that each one of us has to go through for our physical and emotional survival, especially for those of us who are the first generation immigrants to USA. The wars we fight are not always just and fair but we still need to fight them anyway.
Ron (Ronobir) [...]

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, [...]

The Moral Implications of Time Travel – by Sarovar Banka

Synopsis: The Moral Implications of Time Travel takes place in the early nineties, on the semi-rural/suburban outskirts of Detroit where Anil Das, an Indian immigrant to America now in his sixties, lives with Pranav, his thirty year old son who has never moved out.
       At the outset of the play, Anil announces that [...]

Jetlag – by Sarovar Banka

Synopsis: Presented in a fractured form, Jetlag unfolds as mystery that explores the psychological effect of emotional longing, dislocations of time and space that are both literal and metaphoric, and the events and influence of people in our lives that result in our failure or success. In the center of the play is a love [...]

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
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 [...]

Sita/Sati Part I: Apu A-Sleep – by Snehal Desai

Synopsis: Sita/Sati tells the story of newly widowed Sita Desi, an immigrant from India. Sita finds herself struggling between a want to assimilate and integrate herself into the American landscape and trying to hold onto as much of her Indian cultural heritage as possible in a new land.
She joins with the company of actors in [...]

Finding Ways to Prove You’re NOT an Al-Qaeda Terrorist When You’re Brown (and other stories of the gIndian) – by Snehal Desai

Synopsis: One man’s quest to get out of the closet and through airport security without compromising his individuality or his man-purse.

Setting: USA and India and various airports
Time Period: Present

Cast Size: 1
Casting: Akash Chitrabannermukherjitraji-Indian male, 25.
This Play Is: unpublished

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