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Show times: Tues @ 7:00 (Oct 10 only), Wed & Thurs @ 7:30 PM, Fri & Sat @ 8 PM, Sun @ 4 PM, Thurs matinee @ 2:00 PM (Oct 19 only).

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OCT 13, 20 - ACTORS' FORUM


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Dr. Vijay Pendakur served as Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at California State University – Fullerton (CSUF), where he led a large portfolio of units including the Career Center, Student Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, the Veterans Resource Center, Disability Student Services, EOP, the University Learning Center, Athletic Academic Advising, and more.  While at CSUF, he created elements of the institutional strategic plan, with special focus on the equity and graduation goals for our low-income college students, first generation students, and students of color.  Prior to CSUF, he led a department at DePaul University dedicated to promoting student success for higher-risk and underserved college students, with special emphasis on graduates of the Chicago Public School system.  He started his higher education career at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, his alma mater, where he worked full-time as a diversity and social justice educator while running a new Multicultural Student Center focused on serving first year college students.

In addition to being an experienced practitioner in student affairs administration, he is also a scholar of diversity and inclusion work.  For a sample of his scholarly publications, explore the book he recently edited, Closing the Opportunity Gap: Identity-Conscious Strategies for Retention and Student Success.  He has also published chapters and articles in New Directions in Higher Education: Reclaiming Higher Education’s Purpose in Leadership Development, Leadership Theory: A Facilitator’s Guide for Cultivating Critical Perspectives, Diversity & Democracy, The Leadership Exchange, as well as chapters in several books focused on Asian American college students. 


Brahman/i:
A One-Hijra Stand-Up Comedy Show

By Aditi Brennan Kapil
Oct 8 - Oct 29, 2017

Director: M. Bevin O'Gara
With: Aila Peck, Thom Dunn

UNDERWRITER
Cornell
Recommended for ages 14+.
MEDIA SPONSOR
WVBR
SYNOPSIS

Kitchen Theatre Company transforms into a comedy club featuring a very unusual and completely hilarious stand-up routine in the second play of our season. Meet, B or Brahman/i, a boy/girl from Athens, Georgia who explores everything from his/her/their Indian heritage to history, mythology, gender roles, and horrifying middle school experiences, with the assistance of J, electric bass playing side-kick.

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Monday-Friday 12:00-6:00pm; Saturday & Sunday 12:00-4:00pm
Box Office opens one hour before showtime

REVIEWS


"
a layered, insightful consideration of Indian-American cultural identity, gender and colonialism that happens to take the form of a stand-up comedy routine." The Hollywood Reporter

CREATIVE TEAM
Aditi B. Kapil

ADITI BRENNAN KAPIL (Playwright) is a writer, actress, and director of Bulgarian and Indian descent. She grew up in Sweden, resides in Minneapolis, and her work is produced internationally.

Representative work includes Love Person, a four-part love story in Sanskrit, ASL, and English, which received the Stavis Award in 2009. Agnes Under The Big Top, a tall tale was selected as a Distinguished New Play Project by the NEA and Arena Stage. Her Displaced Hindu Gods Trilogy plays have been produced across the US and the UK, with Brahman/i and The Chronicles of Kalki receiving an unprecedented double nomination for the James Tait Black Prize, University of Edinburgh, UK.

Aditi has commissions with Yale Repertory, La Jolla Playhouse, South Coast Repertory, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and is the Playwright-in-Residence at Mixed Blood Theatre, an Associate at Park Square, a Core Writer at the Playwrights’ Center, and a Resident Playwright at New Dramatists.

aditikapil.com

Bevin O'Gara

M. BEVIN O'GARA (Director) is Artistic Producing Director at the Kitchen Theatre Company. As a director, Bevin's credits include The Who and The What by Ayad Aktar,  Milk Like Sugar by Kirsten Greenidge (Elliot Norton Award nomination for Best Production) and Becoming Cuba by Melinda Lopez at the Huntington Theatre Company; The Bridges of Madison County, appropriate, A Future PerfectTribes (Elliot Norton and IRNE Awards for Best Production), and Clybourne Park with SpeakEasy Stage Company;  Brahman/iChronicles of KalkiYou for Me for YouLove Person, and The Pain and the Itchwith Company One Theatre; Phedre with Actors’ Shakespeare Project; Fast Company with the Lyric Stage Company, Marjorie Prime with the Nora Theatre Company, How Soft the Lining and Translations with Bad Habit Productions, Two Wives in India and Gary with Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 2.5 Minute Ride with New Repertory Theatre, and Melancholy Play with Holland Productions.

Read more about M. Bevin O'Gara

JUSTIN and CHRISTOPHER SWADER (Scenic Designers) NYC-based scenic designers. Recent designs: A Raisin in the Sun (Two River Theatre), The Three Musketeers, Fit for a Queen, Macbeth, The Tempest, Dutchman (Classical Theatre of Harlem), The Boy Who Danced on Air (Abingdon Theatre Company), 3/Fifths (3LD), Campfire (Lincoln Center Education/Trusty Sidekick Theater Company), Heather Henson's Crane: On Earth, In Sky. Past collaborations with: Luna Stage, La MaMa, Ars Nova, Park Avenue Armory, Manhattan School of Music, National Black Theatre, The New School for Drama, HERE Arts Center, Shadowland Stages, Fairleigh Dickinson University, The Orchard Project, Emerson String Quartet, SpeakEasy Stage Company, ArtsEmerson, Company One. American Theatre Wing Henry Hewes Design Award nomination. Finalist in the 2017 World Stage Design Exhibition. Upcoming: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Speakeasy Stage Company, Boston), Annie (John W. Engeman Theater). Graduates of Ball State University. cjswaderdesign.com

ANNIE WIEGAND (Lighting Designer) is a freelance lighting designer who happens to be Deaf. Shows in New York City include Spring Awakening (Broadway, 2nd Assistant - Tony Nominee, Best Lighting Design), Movements of the Soul (Baruch), Square Peg, Round Hole (Tectonic Theatre Project, Associate). Boston: The Bridges of Madison County (Speakeasy Stage Company); The Who and the What (Huntington Theatre Company); Fast Company (Lyric Stage); The Trumpet of the Swan, The Taste of Sunrise (Wheelock Family Theatre); Phedre, Othello (Actors Shakespeare Project); Colossal, you for me for you, Love Person (Company One). Member, Wingspace Theatrical Design collective; Teaching Artist, Roudabout Theatre Company, Adjunct Professor, Theatre Arts Department, Gallaudet University in Washington, DC; and Producing Director, New York Deaf Theatre. anniewiegand.com

CAST

AILA PECK ('B' & Costume Designer) is thrilled to be making her debut at the Kitchen Theatre and to work with the ever-inspiring Bevin O’Gara on remounting this exciting piece of theatre. She is an actress in Chicago and a graduate of the School at Steppenwolf. Aila was most recently seen in Montana Shakespeare in the Parks this summer touring Macbeth (Lady Macbeth) and George Bernard Shaw’s You Never Can Tell (Mrs. Clandon). Chicago credits include: Miss Bennet (Northlight Theatre): 1984 (Steppenwolf Theatre), The Royal Society of Antarctica (Gift Theatre); Brahman/i: A One Hijra Stand Up Show (About Face & Silk Road Rising); The Lark (Promethean Ensemble); Julius Caesar (Babes with Blades). Boston credits: The Who and The What (Huntington Theatre), Brahman/i: a One Hijra Stand up Show (CompanyOne); Yerma (Huntington Theatre), Dancing is a Sin (Huntington Theatre Egyptian Playwright Festival). Aila received her B.F.A. in Acting from University of North Carolina School of the Arts and is represented by Gray Talent.

THOM DUNN ('J' & Sound Designer) is a writer, musician, and new media artist. As a performer, he was recently seen as The Bassist in the Boston premiere of We're Gonna Die by Young Jean Lee, and the lead guitarist in Boston's premiere all-male Lady Gaga cover band. His plays have been read or performed from New York to Hollywood to Valdez, Alaska, and he's also published fiction, comic books, and poetry with Quirk Books, Tor/Macmillan, Asimov's magazine, Crossed Genres publishing, and more. A graduate of the Clarion Writer’s Workshop at the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination, Thom is currently a staff writer for The New York Times' Wirecutter and a regular contributor to Upworthy, Huffington Post, and more. He enjoys mythophysics, robots and whiskey, and Oxford commas, and firmly believes that Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing is the single greatest atrocity ever committed against mankind. thomdunn.net