THE MUSIC IN MY BLOOD
A story about a music that demands great sacrifice from those who dare to pursue it. The Music In My Blood was presented at the 12th South Asian Theater Festival, crossing the boundaries of time and space to bring together Prema and Walter, two people bound and frayed by their love of music. Fleeing the demands of legacy from being an Indian classical singer, Prema chooses to pursue a history degree in New York City. She discovers the writing of Walter Kaufmann, a Jewish man who developed a devotion to Indian classical music when he found refuge in India during WWII. Co-written by Shubhra Prakash and Sonalee Hardikar, The Music In My Blood was presented at the 12th South Asian Theater Festival at the Victoria J. Mastrobuono Theater at Rutgers University New Brunswick in August 2017.
HOW TO SUCCEED AS AN ETHNICALLY AMBIGUOUS ACTOR
Zenobia Shroff, a SAG award nominee for The Big Sick, has been an actor in American theatre, television, and film for two decades. In her solo show How to Succeed as an Ethnically Ambiguous Actor, Shroff details her astonishing, hilarious, and heart-breaking journey from Bombay to New York as she plays over 25 characters. Populating her own life story with casting directors, bosses, lovers, and family, Shroff explores the sacrifice, absurdity, and pain of being a woman of color pursuing a life in the arts. The production has travelled and grown, first opening as one of the official selection of the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity where it ran to sold-out crowds and received rave reviews. Zenobia Shroff and Arpita Mukherjee were nominated for awards in Outstanding Solo Performance and Outstanding Direction. From there it transferred to an acclaimed Off-Broadway run at Castillo Theatre in 2017 directed by Molly Houlahan.