Chokher Bali Cast

Gerrard Lobo is thrilled to be on stage again with Hypokrit Theatre Company after playing Romeo in their inaugural production of “Romeo & Juliet”. An NYC based stage, television, and film actor, Gerrard most recently played the role of Anush on Netflix’s “Master of None”, Omar on NBC’s “The Blacklist”, and Sully on Adult Swim’s “Dream Corp, LLC”. He would like to thank Hypokrit co-founders Arpita Mukherjee and Shubhra Prakash for the opportunity to play Mahendra, Kyle Rosenberg and Sameer Garg for their indispensable roles as everything other than Director, and his family and friends for their endless support. He would also like to thank his incredible cast whom he feels lucky to go on this journey with.

Shubhra Prakash is an actor, singer, voice over artist, theatre maker and short filmmaker. She has resided in Kolkata, New Delhi, San Francisco Bay Area and now in New York City. Shubhra served as a voiceover artist for Priya’s Shakti, a multi-platform project supported by Tribeca New Media fund. She wrote, directed and produced a play “For Our Own” at the Planet Connections Theatre Festival 2014 for which she received the Activist Award for getting a great deal of involvement from the South Asian Marrow Association of Recruiters. She served as festival director of the company’s South Asian International Performing Arts Festival in its inaugural year 2015. As an actor she just completed the workshop reading of Monsoon Wedding the Musical as the lead, Aditi Verma. She has acted in Hypokrit Theatre Company’s Romeo & Juliet as Mercutio, in The Tempest Ladies’ Taming of the Shrew. She also serves as co-founder of Random Fox Productions, her short Funny Faces was the Top 10 picks of Asian American Lab’s 72 hour shootout. Her short film, Three Dates – a short film, which she wrote, directed and produced, was screened at New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) 13′.

A Vermont native, Jack currently resides in Harlem, where he writes songs and sketch comedy. Training grounds include Humber College, Magnet Theatre and UCB Theatre for Sketch Comedy & Improv. Performance highlights: Everyman/Brownie & Lolli Go To Hollywood (D.C. Capital Fringe Festival), Moist/Dr. Horrible’s Cabaret (Campy Cabaret), Bottom/Midsummer (Bizarre Noir), and LeFou/Beauty & the Beast (Lyric Theatre Co.). Jack occasionally sits in with the Brooklyn-based sci-fi/punk band Violint Wednesday ( Shoutout to my Homie.

Mahima is an actress, dancer, choreographer, cupcake admirer and a cheerleader for everything Books, Bollywood and Beyonce. She was born and raised in New Delhi, India where she acquired her B.A degree from Hansraj College, University of Delhi. In India she worked with prominent artistic institutions like the Akshara National Theatre of India, Barry John Studios, Nikolina Nikoleski Dance Co. The Danceworx etc.
Recent NY roles include: Anjali in Hiding Kanye (Best Featured Actor award, Tamasha NYC); Connie in Dance Nation (Reading, Atlantic Theater Co.); Niobe in The Love of the Nightingale (Atlantic Theater Co. School); Actor C in Invasion (Best Ensemble award, SAIPAF 2015). Mahima’s artistic mission is to create work that manifests the most potent magic of which theatre is capable of and so she is extremely honored to be a part of this production with fellow magic makers, the Hypokrites!
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Kabir Chopra is an actor and filmmaker based in New York. He graduated with a BFA in dramatic writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and has written and directed several short films. His latest film Misaligned premiered at the 2016 New York Indian Film Festival & the Washington DC South Asian Film Festival. As an actor, he has appeared in Madam Secretary and the feature film The Spectacular Jihad of Taz Rahim. This fall, he’ll be appearing in the web series MIDS, a modern adaptation of A Midsummers Night’s Dream. Kabir is also a screenwriter in James Franco’s Masterclass at Studio 4, where he is one of the writers of a feature length horror film produced by Rabbit Bandini productions.

Sarah Suzuki is an actor based in New York. Previous productions include Macbeth (King’s Crown Shakespeare Troupe), Bingo (Barnard College), and Woyzeck (Barnard College). Sarah hails from the foothills of Colorado and is a recent graduate of Barnard College with a BA in Theater.

Matthew Provenza graduated from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance BFA Acting Program this past spring. While there he played such roles as Henry IV in Henry IV pt. 1, Lopakhin in The Cherry Orchard, and Bev Weston in August: Osage County. He has also studied at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and the Stella Adler Conservatory New York branch. This being his first professional New York production, he is thrilled to be a part of the Hypokrit team. A special thanks to everyone involved in the production and his parents for the ongoing support.

Alisha Desai is a professional dancer, actor, singer, visual artist and choreographer. Since graduation from Sarah Lawrence with a concentration in Performing arts, she has made Brooklyn her home base. Currently she is a core company member of AATMA Performing Arts, Ajna Dance Company and Surati for Performing Arts and Education. She is a featured dances in AATMA’s Mystic India: Ther World Tour, touring North America, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. Other notable projects include The Death or Don Juan, a modern opera, and feature films Karma Road and Captured Hearts.

Elizagrace Madrone graduated with a degree in economics and immediately went back to creating theater. She’s an improviser, actor, writer, and lyricist in New York and currently found performing around the city with band/performance art piece Wool Sucker. It’s a pleasure to be here with Hypokrit!

Gautam Gurnani is an actor, writer and poet who grew up in India and now lives in New York. He did his Masters in Science and is currently working at Wall Street as an Analyst. Since childhood Gautam has been interested in the acting and dancing, which in coming years became his passion. Gautam has been part of few stage play at the University of Missouri and has also acted in few short films. His latest short film “Mulaqat” has been featured on NDTV prime and is currently working on two other short films. This is for the first time he will be performing with the Hypokrit Theater Company and is extremely excited about it.

Maryan Newbury appeared most recently as Susan in Working Class and Captain in One Life at a Time (both at Manhattan Repertory Theatre); Karen Blair in Misty’s Plan (Thespis Theatre Festival); Mrs. Soames in Our Town (UP Theater Company). Other roles include: Shen Te, The Good Person of Szechuan; Laura Wingfield, The Glass Menagerie; Miss Casswell, The Wisdom of Eve; Mrs. Clatt, Angel; and Woman in Armor, Chamber Music. Maryan received a B.A. in Theater from Hunter College and trained with Michael Beckett at H.B. Studio. Off stage, she directed Arthur Kopit’s Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Momma’s Hung You in the Closet and I’m Feelin’ So Sad (Hunter College). She has served as assistant director for several productions, including Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s Placebos Dress for Comfort (dir. Joel Basin). She has worked behind the scenes with UP Theater Company and New York Fringe Festival productions.

This is Morgan DeTogne’s second production with Hypokrit Theatre Company. She previously played Juliet in their inaugural production of “Romeo & Juliet.” Morgan has her BFA in Musical Theatre from Illinois Wesleyan University and has studied acting in NYC at The Barrow Group and with Anthony Abeson. Favorite credits include Laurey in “Oklahoma”, Julie Zeller in “Liliom” and Audrey in “Little Shop of Horrors.” She is currently working on her solo show “Babe in the Bathtub” that will be a part of The People’s Improv Theatre Solocom Festival at the end of November. She is grateful to Hypokrit Theatre Company for the opportunity to tell important stories and stands strongly behind their vital mission to make multiculturalism mainstream.

Monique Sanchez is thrilled to be back performing with Hypokrit after appearing as the Nurse in their critically acclaimed inaugural production of “Romeo & Juliet.” She was last seen as Lady Macbeth in The New York Times Critics’ Pick and Off-Broadway hit, “Drunk Shakespeare.” Favorite credits include “Proof” (Catherine), “Macbeth” (Lady Macduff-NYIT nom), “29x/y” (Planet Connections nom), “Uncommon Women and Others” (Rita-Love Creek Award winner), “Kennedy’s Children” (Carla), “Flea in Her Ear” (Lucienne), and “Romantic Laughter” (Rita). She can next be seen in season 2 of the award winning webseries, “Going Up?.”

Radhika Mehrotra Radhika is an economics graduate and a passionate method actress from India. She recently completed the two-year conservatory program at the Lee Strasberg Institute of Theater and Film, New York. Radhika began acting at the age of eight, and has been acting since her school days. She has rendered performances in plays like The Dark at the top of the stairs, Norway Today , The Private Ear, Bang Bang You’re Dead, Love Letters, Pune Highway and The Gronholm Method. She is extremely passionate about clowning and mask-work, and recently performed at the NY Fringe Festival with her commedia dell’arte group in a piece called “The history of Servitude”. Radhika won the ‘Outstanding lead actor ‘ for her portrayal of ‘Archana’ in ‘The music in my blood’ at ‘Tamasha-A festival of South Asian performing arts’. Radhika is proud to be a part of ‘Chokher Bali’ and is extremely delighted to have worked with such a wonderful cast and crew.

Richa is a writer and actor who grew up in India and now lives in Brooklyn. A statistician by training, she got into filmmaking as a result of watching too many mediocre films growing up in the 90s. She has studied with the New York Film Academy and Independent Film School. She was recently part of Tamasha NYC festival where she performed in A Sari For Pallavi. She has also acted in a short film and is currently producing her first film which she also wrote. She credits her husband, good friends, and family for supporting her in this creative journey.

Rita Suri (Maya) is an NYU-Gallatin graduate who studied acting with the Fiasco Theater Company. Recent credits: After I Was Free and Iphigenia Among the Taurians (Chorus) with Everyday Inferno; Dear Brutus (Margaret); Hamlet (Gertrude); What it Iz! The Spokenwordical (Reporter), and Seven 11 Convenience Theater with the Asian American Theater Alliance at NYU. She is delighted to be working with Hypokrit, and would like to thank family and friends.

Zenobia Shroff has been an actress, writer and teaching artist for twenty five years. She got her start in Mumbai under the mentorship of the legendary Pearl Padamsee. With Padamsee’s encouragement, she came to study acting at New York’s Circle in the Square theatre school. A few years ago she was cast in Sooni Taraporevalas “Little Zizou”, presented by Mira Nair, for which she was nominated as best actress at the New York Indian film festival. She followed that up with her first Bollywood blockbuster, ‘Ek main aur ekk tu’ playing opposite superstars Kareena Kapoor and Imran Khan. Zenobia is an accomplished Bharat Natyam dancer, yoga practioner and writes and performs sketch comedy. Her one woman show ‘Exotic observations’ has been performed at the Guild gallery, the Indo American arts council, Don’t tell Mama’s and the famed UCB. She holds a Masters degree in Psychology. Her writing has been featured on as well as on her web site Watch for her in 2017 as Kumail Nanjiani’s mother in the “ The Big Sick’’ also starring Anupam Kher and Ray Romano.