April 23 - April 26, 2015
Written and Performed by Minita Gandhi
Directed by Heidi Stillman
The life of a young Indian-American woman is forever changed when, on a retreat to her homeland, she unearths family secrets, encounters a prophet, and ultimately discovers her own voice. The Familiar and the Foreign swap roles in this dark comedy about culture, identity, spirituality, and sexuality.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Minita Gandhi was born in Mumbai, India. Raised primarily in San Francisco, she is proud to have called Chicago her artistic home for over 8 years. She has been seen on NBC's Crisis, ABC's Betrayal, Fox's The Chicago Code, and was The Onion News Network's anchor, Nina Shankar. She is a proud pledge host with PBS for their WTTW Chicago affiliate station. Minita has worked at a number of regional theaters across the country including Berkeley Repertory Theater, The Arena Stage, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, and Lookingglass Theater. She been directed by the Tony award winning adaptor and director Mary Zimmermann, and originated the role of Priya, in Silk Road Rising's World Premiere production of Rajiv Joseph's, The Lake Effect. She travels with the corporate comedy imrov troupe, Wavelength, and is a Master Trainer for Pinnacle Performance training executives in communication all over the world. She is a writer, storyteller, and lover of life.
A NOTE FROM THE ARTIST
Everyone keeps secrets. But staying silent often hurts more than it helps. In writing MUTHALAND, I had to give voice to stories that I was scared to hear out loud.
What I thought was a story about self-identity unearthed a deeper exploration into family history. It quickly became evident how rooted my choices were in the path carefully laid out by my ancestors.
For the first time in my life, the hard line I had drawn between the old world and new became blurry. And I began to ask questions.
It's been an amazing journey interviewing family and friends who were brave and candid enough to share things they had never spoken before, allowing me to discover and create the story that unfolds. It's been both terrifying and awesome to play with pieces of my own journey and to learn so much about myself.
I got into theater because I believe stories can heal. I hope this piece serves that purpose. I look forward to sharing my play with you at Silk Road Rising.