For the primary time in theater historical past, a curated forged of South Asian actors from all over the world will take to the digital stage to carry out Dipti Bramhandkar’s “Islands of Contentment,” introduced by New York Metropolis’s The Tank and co-produced by Hypokrit Productions through Zoom each weekend from April sixteenth to Could 2nd.
Actors from the Indian movie and theater business like Kalki Koechlin (Margarita With a Straw, Ready), Suraj Sharma (Lifetime of Pi, Umrika) and Maanvi Gagroo (“4 Extra Pictures Please”) will share stage time with Indian Diaspora actors like Ajay Naidu (Ashes), Danny Pudi (Group) and Nina Davuluri (#COMPLEXion documentary), who’s making her appearing debut, to deliver 13 monologues about modern-day relationships to life. The worldwide ensemble forged additionally consists of: Vinay Pathak (“A Appropriate Boy”), Sumeet Vyas (Ribbon, English Vinglish), Imran Sheikh (“Huge Canines”) Laura Gómez (“Orange is the New Black”), Florencia Lozano (Rinse, Repeat), Dileep Rao (Avatar), Bobby Daniel Rodriguez (“When They See Us”), Daphne Rubin-Vega (Miss You Like Hell), Lipica Shah (India Pale Ale), Sathya Sridharan (Wives), Sumeet Vyas (One by One) and Rita Wolf (The Michaels).
Islands of Contentment, co-directed by Arpita Mukherjee and Hannah Wolf (with choose filmed monologues directed by Rahul Chittella), is a transferring meditation comprised of 13 monologues introduced in a novel digital format that features viewers interplay via chat. An elegy to the (dis)concord of romantic relationships, every bit invitations us into the intimate, poignant and hilarious interactions with important others within the type of modern-day confessionals and affords the digital viewers channels for reside interplay and deeper connection. 13 characters replicate on moments that really feel surprisingly acquainted: the break-up dream, the plight of the good man, the ex who unexpectedly reveals up, and even a baking fetish. Nobody writes love songs about these items.
This one-of-a-kind, digital present transports small audiences to the characters via the facility of Zoom. Every efficiency is exclusive to the viewers, the actors and which order the viewers chooses. Contained in the Zoom are two rigorously curated, interactive and fully totally different journeys that the viewers can take. These are intimate, restricted ticket experiences by which the viewers is requested to maintain their video on and interacts with the performers via chat. They don’t have to be seen in sequential order. Exterior the Zoom, audiences are handled to the streaming-only, non-interactive model of the present. Begin the night with both SEVEN LAYER CAKE or BROWNIE and finish the evening with the opposite course. If audiences need to lengthen their programs, they’re welcome to come back again one other day to indulge within the different course.
Because the viewers travels to dwelling rooms, lodge suites, kitchens and past, they’re guided by a mysterious theater-loving narrator, who asks the viewers to ponder their very own expertise and contribute their very own tales. In an try to attach via isolation, these tales simply would possibly change into a part of the play. At a time the place isolation and distance are common, Islands of Contentment is a reminder that even in our personal unusual splendor, we’re by no means alone.
Co-produced by Hypokrit Productions and The Tank, Islands of Contentment is written by Dipti Bramhandkar and co-directed by Arpita Mukherjee and Hannah Wolf, with choose filmed monologues directed by Rahul Chittella.
Islands of Contentment options lighting design by Alexandra Vásquez Dheming, manufacturing design by Chen-Wei Liao, costume design by Dina El-Aziz, video design by Director of Images Kate Ducey and Sound design by Ran Xia. Eeshit Narain serves as Director of Images for Choose Filmed Monologues and Heather Schulte, Emma Frances, Emily Todt and Michelle Navis as stage managers.
Study extra at thetanknyc.org/islandsofcontentment.