Founded in 2016, Tamasha is the only cross-discipline arts festival dedicated to South Asian artists in North America. In 2018-2019, Tamasha is reimagining its structure. We will be featuring 9 South Asian female playwrights and presenting their work in readings over the course of the year. We are partnering up with New York institutions to host each presentation. Each month will feature a presentation of a staged reading with the generous support of a different theatre company.
Tamasha is proud to present its 2018 playwrights: Sharbari Zohra Ahmed, Aditi Brennan Kapil, Dipika Guha, Deepali Gupta, Rohina Malik, Divya Mangwani, Deepa Purohit, Riti Sachdeva, and Madhuri Shekar. Read more about our playwrights here!
Special thanks to our hosts: LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater, New Georges, New York Theatre Workshop, Playwrights Horizons, Premiere Stages at Kean, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The Public Theater, The Movement Theatre Company, and WP Theater.
“Once you become a musician, you cannot un become”
By: Shubhra Prakash and Sonalee Hardikar
Direction and Design by : Sonalee Hardikar
Presented at: American Theatre of Actors : 312 W54th St NY NY 10019
Dates: June 6th – 17th, 2018
A story about a music that demands great sacrifice from those who dare to pursue it. The Music In My Blood crosses 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 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 opens June 6th, 2018 at American Theatre of Actors. Read more here.
By: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Molly Houlahan
In Co-production with: Access Theater
Dates: September 27th – October 14th, 2018
Associate Artistic Director Molly Houlahan brings back the tale that started it all at Hypokrit Theatre Company. Hypokrit’s 2018 Romeo and Juliet is radically reimagined as a world without men, where gender is fluid, and women* run the show. Vicious, out of the box, and wild – this female* queer retelling of Romeo and Juliet explores intersectionality and redefines the most classic love story through the contemporary lens of a post-gender world.
ELEMENTS OF CHANGE is a new theatrical event being presented as part of NYC Climate Week 2018, in collaboration with UNICEF, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, and Greenpoint Innovations. Based on Sona Sridhar’s award-winning comic book, “Tré: The Adventures of Brother Earth,” Elements of Change was brought to life in an effort to integrate the arts for climate sustainability. Adapted by Divya Mangwani and directed by Arpita Mukherjee, Elements of Change tells the story of the young artist Sona (based upon the artist of the comic book) when her character Tré comes to life to help her find her sister who has been swept away in the torrential floods plaguing her home in India. Creator and creation journey forth around the world together to places where human life and the earth have jarred out of sync. From the ocean to the jungle to the desert, Sona and Tré learn how to become stewards of the planet, restore the balance, and ultimately save Sona’s sister.
By: Aya Aziz
Directed by: Arpita Mukherjee
Presented at: Next Door at New York Theater Workshop
Dates: March 28, 2019—April 14, 2019
Eh Dah? Questions for my Father follows the lives of a family divided across continents and *cultures in a turbulent political landscape. Set in Egypt and America, this contemporary musical by Aya Aziz explores what it means to live in a post 9/11 world. Recipient of The Best Book and Best Individual Performance awards at New York Musical Festival 2016.
Hypokrit Theatre Company is proud to announce its selection as a 2018-2019 Domestic Partner at WP Theater. WP Theater’s Domestic Partner Program is focused on providing support to fellow organizations that are developing work by female-identified artists. Each year, WP Theater welcomes companies into residency at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre, providing them with rehearsal and theater space at a reduced rate, as well as artistic, marketing, ticketing and other institutional support, and present their work to WP audiences.