Letter from the King – by Sudipta Bhawmik

Setting: San Francisco 1916
Synopsis:

During Rabindranath Tagore’s visit to San Francisco in 1916, media reports claim that there was an attempt by Indian nationalists to assassinate him. Fortunately the plan did not succeed and the poet was provided with high level security by the local administration. It was further reported that the primary cause for [...]

The Last Flames – by Sudipta Bhawmik

Setting: New York City, 1948

Synopsis:
Basanta Koomar Roy, an expatriate journalist from India, has been credited by Tagore researchers as a key person (besides W. B Yeats and Ezra Pound) responsible for popularizing Rabindranath Tagore in USA. But Roy fell from his idol’s grace for reasons that torment many a biographer and journalist even today. [...]

Emblem – by Shyamala Moorty

Synopsis: The post 9/11 South Asian-American body becomes beholden to U.S. Homeland Security and molded by patriotic nationalism.  The performer, once a South Asian woman, becomes the Emblem of the US: the predatory bald eagle, as it soars into the boundless space of the future, leaving a trail of carcasses behind
Setting: Urban neighborhood in the [...]

RISE – by Shyamala Moorty

Synopsis: A love-sick heroine wields a plunger as her only weapon against riots, religious fundamentalism, and the breakdown of the toilet.  A series of characters “rise”  out of her clogged toilet to regurgitate their stories of religious fundamentalism, war, and toilet paper shortages.  RISE merges humorous and dramatic characterizations with contemporary Indian dance, and a [...]

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 [...]

The Ragged Claws – by Lina Patel

Synopsis: Battery Park City and Bangladesh are under water, the American military works in secret around the globe and Russia controls European use of natural gas.  The future is now and the present is as urgent as the past for Alec, his parents, and the people who love them.  Mother and son are battling academics. [...]

Sankalpan (Desire) – by Lina Patel

Synopsis: An inventive fusion of Chekhov’s Three Sisters and Tagore’s The Home and the World, Sankalpan evokes a time of revolution that draws sharp parallels to the geopolitics of today. A story about self-determination both in the psyches of individuals hungry for change and in the psyche of an evolving national identity, Sankalpan is set [...]