2019-2020 Season

 

 

Arts Center on Governor’s Island – Company in Residence

As part of our residency at the Arts Center on Governor’s Island, Hypokrit will be developing three new works. 

In A Sea of Faces
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Jahn Sood
Directed by Arpita Mukherjee

A new folk opera with music, lyrics and book by Jahn Sood, tells the story of an isolated island community and a family that lives there. Long ago, foreign ships came to the island and introduced its people to grandiose ideas and desires, and the promise of opportunity abroad, which ultimately drew Jacob, the father, away from his family and home. Now the family wonders if he will ever return. In the new world, Jacob struggles with the reality behind the promises. Will he return?

A Visitor’s Pass on the Virgin Mary
By Jacqueline Pereda
Directed by Molly Houlahan

When Jocelyn Santos, a twenty-seven-year old aspiring writer is hospitalized suddenly for blood clots in her lungs due to birth control and faced with the prospect of death, her Cuban parents declare hysterically, “Mamita, we didn’t know you were having sex!” Holed up in a hospital room in northern New Jersey, A Visitor’s Pass on the Virgin Mary centers around the Santos family as they reckon with Jocelyn’s illness and the emotional cataclysm that emerges in their lives. Jocelyn, feeling suffocated by her immigrant family – Mami’s oppressive love, Papi’s aloofness, her sister Theresa’s manic cleaning, and Alex, the delinquent cousin from Miami – turns to Father Cruz, the handsome hospital chaplain, for support. Their friendship takes an unexpected turn, leaving Jocelyn to question her relationship with long-time boyfriend Rajiv, her family, and most importantly, the deep-seated truth of what she wants to do with her life.

Elements
By Divya Mangwani
Directed by Arpita Mukherjee

You are on a journey to save the earth. You don’t believe the earth needs help. You are lost in the floods and the typhoons. You are the savior that advocates for the progress of humanity. You are the one that sees the beauty of destruction. Gods and heroes and villains are a part of every epic story. In the story of our Earth, who are We? Are we the Creators, the Preservers or the Destroyers? Have we preserved what we should destroy? Or have we created a form of destruction?

Elements is a journey to understand our past and rebirth our future, using the myth of the Hindu trinity – Brahma as creator, Vishnu as Preserver and Shiva as Destroyer – and Tandav, the dance of destruction, the suppression of ignorance and the cosmic balance. Inspired by art installations, performance art and classical traditions of India, The Climate Change Project seeks to educate and inspire young audiences by creating an experience uniquely tailored to be performed in a school, a theatre and/or a community center. The performance takes students from the ocean to the jungle to the desert, all along introducing them to monsters of climate change. As students find actions that can defeat these monsters, they can find the superhero changemaker in themselves and learn how to become stewards of the planet.

 

Raisins Not Virgins

By Sharbari Zohra Ahmed
Directed by Arpita Mukherjee
Presented Next Door at New York Theatre Workshop

June 4, 2020—June 18, 2020

Written after the events of September 11th in an attempt by Ahmed to confront her Muslim identity, RAISINS NOT VIRGINS is a story of spiritual and political upheaval combined with the backdrop of New York City dating angst. It tells the story of Sahar Salam, a Muslim American New Yorker approaching 30 and feeling the cultural pressure from her Bangladeshi mother to settle down. RAISINS NOT VIRGINS is a romantic comedy about a Muslim American woman, choosing to practice her religion on her terms and re-interpreting Islam in the process.

 

WP Theater Domestic Partner 

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.