Three Solo Performances by Indian Women
Pratidhwani presents an evening of unique theatre. Three original stories, created and performed by three women.
PRIYANKA SHETTY: The Elephant in the Room
AARTI TIWARI: Flow, Swim, Float!?
DIVYA RAJAN: A Labyrinth & its Myriad Mirages
Sept 23 - Oct 1
Taproot Theatre's Isaac Studio
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Priyanka Shetty is an award-winning actor, director, and playwright based in Philadelphia, PA. As a creator of original works, Priyanka is focused on making art that is a reflection of our times. With humor, insight, and raw energy, her plays pose critical questions about contemporary issues, engender dialogue, and call for solidarity and collective action. Her critically acclaimed one-woman show The Elephant in the Room has been performed at numerous venues across the country including The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and was recently staged at the 2022 Edinburgh Fringe as part of the Assembly Festival which was followed by a Scotland Tour. Priyanka made her Off-Broadway debut with a sold-out run at the Drama Desk award-winning 59E59 Theaters’ “East to Edinburgh” Festival in 2022. She was also handpicked for the prestigious Kennedy Center Playwriting Intensive in 2021 and was a semi-finalist for the 2022 Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference. Priyanka earned a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Virginia and has served on the faculty of the University of Virginia’s Department of Drama. www.priyankashetty.com
Aarti Tiwari (she/her) is a multi-lingual actor, writer based in Seattle. Regional stage credits: Hedda Gabler (General Gabler’s Theatre), The Pericles Project (Freehold Engaged Theatre), Twelfth Night, The Winter's Tale (Seattle Rep), This and That (Baltimore WhiteFlag Performance Group). She has travelled countrywide in India to various national and international theatre festivals with her solo performance, Mansha's Wedding. International stage credits: Three Sisters, Parting with Words, Sultan, Kiss & Tell, Children of Hiroshima, Ismat Manto. Aarti is obsessed with cherry blossoms, poetry, orcas and Nina Simone. IG: @itinerantink
Divya is a creative warrior and a performance artiste. Her work is strongly driven by intuition and inspired by storytelling, rituals, healing & spirituality. Divya holds an MFA in Theatre Arts from Towson University, Maryland. She is a student of the Margolis Method and is in the cohort of emerging directors at The Shattered Glass Project’s 2023-2024 Incubator/Mentor program. She is also a TAT Lab graduate and teaches storytelling, theatre and arts-integrated curriculum to youth in schools and communities. Divya has a penchant for creating non-traditional performances. Salt for the Soul & Tales of Thresholds are two such ritual performances she offers through Epiphany Sutra. She co-devised an interactive piece for Finding Trails in 2022 that was site-specific to a Seattle public park. Her past one-woman performances include adaptations of Tagore’s Kabuliwallah and Kingdom of Cards; and Manto’s Ten Rupees. She has worked with Theatre Nisha on several multi-lingual productions as a lighting designer and actor. She was the festival director and co-producer of Short + Sweet Theatre Manila (Philippines) for four years. She is also a trained cinematographer, a certified Scuba diver and a Reiki healer. A Labyrinth and its Myriad Mirages is a new solo-work. It is a wholly devised and experimental psychological myth and her second collaboration with Pratidhwani after Two-Minutes of your Time. Breaking the fourth wall is her signature performance style.
Behind the Stage
Stage Manager: Ria Lodick
Assistant Stage Manager: Ishan Gray
Scenic Designer, Technical Director: David Hsieh
Lighting Designer: Jacob Viramontes
Sound Designer: Amber Granger
Costume Consultant (Aarti Tiwari, Divya Rajan): Pallavi Garg
Props Support (Aarti Tiwari): Swati Srivastav
Director/Dramaturg (Aarti Tiwari, Divya Rajan): Sunam Ellis
Graphic Design : Archna Sharda
Publicity: Archna Sharda, Agastya Kohli, Sameehita Mohan, Jay Athalye
The Elephant in the Room
A Solo Performance by Priyanka Shetty
"One-Woman Wonder" Priyanka Shetty’s THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM is a witty, dark comedy about just your typical Indian metalhead and software-engineer-turned-actor who must navigate life as an immigrant arriving in Trump's America. When Priyanka makes the bold move to defy her family by quitting her IT job and moving to the U.S. to pursue an acting career, things don’t quite turn out how she imagined. The play navigates Priyanka's real-life journey as she transitions from her deeply embedded roots in India to finding context and common ground in America. Gear up for a funny, tumultuous ride through immiscible cultures, unforgettable love, irreparable loss, and the desperation of not belonging anywhere.
Flow, Swim, Float?!
A solo performance by Aarti Tiwari
Individual yet universal Flow Swim Float?! is a witty and unapologetic interrogation into the intricacies of fitting into the world of social media. How far is too far and how much is too much! What happens when the lines between reality vs reel are blurred?
Embark on this thrilling voyage of love, longing, dilemmas and belonging with Leher, a
social media influencer as she finds herself into an unforeseen realm– a realm of shared connection, compassion, and truth – a truth that is hers, but perhaps, ours too.
Initially conceived as part of Seattle Rep & Macha Theatre Works’ A Festival of Personal Stories, Flow Swim Float?! premiered at ACES festival 2023 in Seattle.
A Labyrinth & its Myriad Mirages
A Solo performance by Divya Rajan
As children, we all wondered. We were all curious. As adults, we require structure and order, not just of ourselves, but of others too. What happens to the wonderment as we grow? They say curiosity kills the cat. Should we save the cat? Or should we endeavor to save our curiosity? Can there be magic even in the mundane, or must we remain trapped by the expectations the society has of us, or we have of ourselves? Divya Rajan invites the audience to find enchantment in the ordinary, and offers a choice to set her, and ourselves, free from the labyrinth in this very theatrical, new work.
Isaac Studio Theatre
212 N 85th St
Seattle, WA 98103