Hypokrit Theatre Company is proud to announce ‘ELEMENTS OF CHANGE’, a theatrical event in collaboration with UNICEF, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, and Green Point Innovations. Based on “Tré: The Adventures of Brother Earth,” the comic book by Sona Sridhar, winner of the inaugural UNICEF Climate Comic Contest has been brought to life in an effort to integrate the arts for climate sustainability during Climate Week NYC 2018.
ELEMENTS OF CHANGE
Written by Divya Mangwani
Based on the comic by Sona Sridhar
Directed by Arpita Mukherjee
Featuring Gayatri Patel Bahl, María Fernanda Díez, Aja Downing*, Christian O. Jiménez*, and Levin Valayil*
Costume Designer: Deepsikha Chatterjee
Props Consultant: Nehprii Amenii
Movement Consultant: Fernando Villa Proal
Assistant Director: Hersh Ellis
Stage Manager: Karishma Bhagani
Line Producer: Emily Caffery
Production Coordinator: Annie Middleton (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater)
Technical Advisor, Forests & Land Use Sustainability: Stephen Donofrio (Greenpoint)
UNICEF Advisors: Kristen Cordero (Youth Engagement) and Callie King-Guffey (UNICEF Public Partnerships)
Equity Approved Showcase* Member of Actors’ Equity Association
THE POINT: The Point is a unique collaboration between the United Nations, artists, producers, educators, and local environmentalists to produce a series of artistic activations (a comic book, a public mural / street art, an immersive multimedia theatrical experience, open dialogue, and an educational toolkit), built upon a story about a climate change superhero, and threaded together with messages about solutions and hope.
By leveraging the arts to bring together a local and global representation of children, youth, dignitaries, business leaders, and the general public, our goal is to recognize and act on the human impacts of climate change and the power and role of young people to take action for a better future. Read and learn about Tre, the climate change superhero comic book that inspired The Point.
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NEHPRII AMENII (Props) is a playwright, director, puppeteer and visual theatre artist. She has worked with Penumbra Theatre Company, The Flea, Pan Asian Repertory, The Bushwick Starr, La Mama Experimental Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, The Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre, Bread and Puppet Theatre, Cirque Du Soleil, and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Foundation. In 2013 she was awarded the Stanley and Evelyn Lipkin Prize for playwriting. In 2015, she was invited as US delegate for the Women Playwrights International Conference in Cape Town, South Africa. In 2018, She was awarded the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Creative Engagement Award. She is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. www.nehpriiamenii.com
GAYATRI PATEL BAHL (Cast) Gayatri Patel Bahl is an actress, dancer, and filmmaker. Gayatri’s most notable performances on stage are as Ophelia in Neeraj Kabi’s Hamlet at Prithvi Theater in Mumbai and Irina in Theater Emory’s production of Three Sisters. In Film and TV, she can be seen in Rearview Mirror (TriBeCa All Access Project), Vinyl, Law & Order SVU, the Hindi Film Let’s Dance, and Rishta.com. As an Indian Classical Dancer, Gayatri has performed at Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theatre, SummerStage, NJPAC, Lincoln Center and has been featured in Elle Magazine’s Movement Series. Gayatri studied Theater at Emory University and now trains at the Folster Studio.
KARISHMA BHAGANI (Stage Manager) is a director, producer, dancer, actor and historian, double majoring in Drama and History at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Born and bred in Mombasa, Kenya, Karishma has a keen interest in expanding performance opportunities and the arts sector within East Africa. Karishma’s most recent works include the Tisch production of The Gods Are Not to Blame (Producer and Director) and Tisch production of One Flea Spare (Assistant Director). Karishma is also a Resident Assistant (Paraprofessional) at Broome St. Residence Hall and serves as an Admissions Ambassador for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at New York University.
EMILY CAFFERY (Line Producer) is a theater artist and producer. Associate producer of The Assembly, she recently appeared in their production of SEAGULLMACHINE at La MaMa ETC. Other producing: Something for the Fish at CPR, Home/Sick at JACK, The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival. Recent performance: King Lear at The Brick, Animal Wisdom at The Bushwick Starr, The Shapes We Make With Our Bodies at The Hive. Other projects include a commedia dell’arte-inspired traveling street theater troupe and performing in living rooms across the country with her collaborative theater ensemble the leastaways. Next: Prototype Festival 2019. emilycaffery.com
DEEPSIKHA CHATTERJEE (Costumes) enjoys teaching diverse students at Hunter College CUNY. She has a B.Sc. in Psychology and BFA in Fashion Design from India and her MFA from Florida State University. Her costume designs received the Best Costume Design award at United Solo 2014 and 2017. Her designs have been seen at Barnard College, Women’s Project, New York Musical Festival, United Solo and Pan Asia Repertory. She worked at Santa Fe Opera, Glimmerglass Opera and Utah Shakespearean Festival. She researches and publishes about costumes of Indian film and dance and has presented at USITT, Costume Society of America and Rubin Museum of Art. In 2017 she was invited to co-curate the Indo-American Arts Council’s Erasing Borders Dance Festival.
MARÍA FERNANDA DÍEZ (Cast) is an actor, creator and educator. She received her BA from Columbia University and studies with The Studio NY. She has worked with Williamstown Theatre Festival, One Year Lease Theatre, Girl Be Heard, Fish in Water, Nylon Fusion Theater, the Minnesota Opera and more. She recently performed with Ashtar Theater in the West Bank in collaboration with CoOp East Theater. She can be heard on BBC Radio in Care Inc and In the Shadows and seen in the films Follow Me and Honeymoon Phase. Thank you to this incredible team for this experience! Mariafernandadiez.com
AJA DOWNING (Cast) is extremely pleased and excited to be apart of this project and ready for all the projects to come. Aja graduated from The American Musical Arts Academy in 2016. Some of Aja’s previous roles were The Wolf in Peter and the Wolf, Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, Jojo in Cher Chez Le Femme, Cassandra in Alex and Eugene, Christine Daè in The Phantom of the Opera, Aida in Aida and Fantasy Suzanna in Your name on my lips. Aja would like to thank her Mom and dad for all they’re support and love! And also thank the incredible cast and crew of Elements of Change.
HERSH ELLIS (Assistant Director) is a NYC based director/ designer. 25+ productions as artistic director of Home Grown Theatre Co. in Kansas City. Co-artistic director of The Cult Next Door ensemble that has made work at Dixon Place, Secret Theatre, Producers Club, and TheaterLAB. Director of The Century Club’s annual “Christmas Carol” reading (past headliners include Alec Baldwin, Sam Waterston, Masha Mason, Chuck Cooper, etc). AD/ observer/ support positions include: “Heathers” (World premiere), “Pacific Overtures” (Dir. John Doyle), “Shadowlands” (Theatre Row). Upcoming: “Frankenstein” (Home Grown), “Henry IV” (Blue Valley Shakespeare), and “Wanderer, or The Literal Extraterrestrial I Met on Tinder” and “Turn Back Now” both by Kaleb Tank. LCT Directors Lab alum.
CHRISTIAN O. JIMÉNEZ (Cast) Graduate of UNCSA (BFA Drama ’17) and The WDW Disney College Program ’17-‘18. Off Broadway: Passenger 1 in Ain’t No Mo’ (The Public Theater), Hananiah in I Have Loved Strangers & Ensemble in The Odyssey (LCT Director’s Lab). Regional: Big Green Theater 8.0 (The Bushwick Starr), Black Magic (National Black Theater Festival), The Pirates of Penzance (NC Symphony). Favorite Educational Credits: Jake in Side Show, Brasil in The America Play, Reuben in Joe Turner’s Come & Gone, Speed in The Two Gentlemen of Verona (UNCSA). AEA Member.
DIVYA MANGWANI (Playwright) is a playwright from Pune, India, based in New York. She was the founder and Artistic Director of Moonbeam Factory Theatre (MFT), where she wrote and directed plays that were staged all over India, Singapore and Glasgow. Her plays include Yes, Uncle (semi-finalist, Page 73 Playwriting Fellowship 2018; finalist, Leah Ryan Fund for Emerging Women Writers 2018; finalist WP Lab 2018), Rise of the River (Pipeline Theatre Company’s Playlab), For Sale (Theatre East; Dramawallah Theatre), Turn off the Lights (Earth Day, Blue Frog), and One, Two, Three (winner of best script, director, play and audience vote, Short+Sweet Festival; World Theatre Day, Khichidi Theatre). She is currently a NYTW Artistic 2050 Fellow, Hypokrit Theatre’s Tamasha Festival artist and part of Project Y Theatre’s playwrights group. MFA: Tisch, NYU.
ARPITA MUKHERJEE (Director) is the Artistic Director of Congressional Award winning Hypokrit Theatre Company and the Festival Chair of Tamasha: A South Asian Performing Arts Festival. Upcoming: Eh Dah: Questions for My Father at Next Door @NYTW (Director), Climate Change Project with UNICEF (Director), Monsoon Wedding The Musical (Book Writer), India Pale Ale at MTC (Assistant Director). She is developing work at The Public Theatre, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, and WP Theater. Recent credits: Monsoon Wedding the Musical at Berkeley Rep (Original Dramaturg, Associate Director), Appeasing Radhika – Baruch College (Director), An Evening of Indian Classics at TFNC (Director), Romeo and Juliet at the Access Theater (Director), and My First Time by Ken Davenport – DC premiere (Director). Arpita is a member of the WP Theater 2018-2020 Directors Lab, the 2018 Eugene O’ Neill National Directing Fellow a member of the 2018 Lincoln Center Directors Lab and a 2018 Jonathan Alper Directing Fellow.
LEVIN VALAYIL (Cast) hails from Sugar Land, Texas and is so excited to be working with the Hypokrit Theater company on this original piece by Divya! He is coming back from touring with Jungle Book as Mowgli at Asolo Repertory Theater and Pasadena Playhouse. Levin has also performed the new musical Monsoon Wedding as Lottery at Berkeley Repertory Theater and Bob in the play The Fabulous Lipitones at Virginia Repertory Theater, The New Theater, and the Florida Studio Theater. He is currently involved in many new works such as the musical Mandela playing Kathrada Ahmed. Levin has also performed as Dharun Ravi in the new musical Poster Boy at The Williamstown Theater Festival and most recently with the Public Theater. We can change this world by what we do! Let’s Clean it up! Be Brave!
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