Sankalpan (Desire)


December 09 - December 09, 2007

A Staged Reading

Written by Lina Patel
Directed by Patrizia Acerra

Featuring: Kaiser Ahmed, Anita Chadwaney, Dipika Cherala, Sandeep Das, Minita Gandhi, Susaan Jamshidi, Fawzia Mirza, Andy Nagraj, Anjali Thawani, and Tariq Vasudeva

Pierce Hall at The Historic Chicago Temple Building, 77 W. Washington St., Chicago, 1:00 pm

An inventive fusion of Chekhov’s Three Sisters and Tagore’s The Home and the World, Sankalpan evokes a time of revolution that draws sharp parallels to the geopolitics of today. A story about self-determination—both in the psyches of individuals hungry for change and in the psyche of an evolving national identity, Sankalpan is set against the volatile backdrop of 1907, Bengal . Personal struggles play out on a national stage, which is rapidly changing as the demands of Independence refigure relationships between British Imperialists and Indian Nationalists, rich landowners and poor peasants, and most explosively, in the new possibilities in the relationships between men and women.

Followed by a Q & A session with playwright Lina Patel.