presents a reading of
directed by Alexa Kelly
Monday April 16, 2007 at 7 pm.
The Guild Art USA, 45West 21st Street, 2nd Floor, NYC
(between 5th and 6th Avenues)
Cast: Aasif Mandvi, Rita Wolf, Rajesh Bose, Sarah Hund, Mark Cirnigliano
A post-reading discussion with the Director and cast will be conducted by Brian Richardson.
This will be followed by a reception.
Wine courtesy Bilimoria Wines. Beer courtesy Krait Beer.
RSVP: or 212 594 3685.
Suggested donation: $5 at the door
The play: CHAOS THEORY by Anuvab Pal
Is a unique new play which begins at the University of New Delhi, India in 1965, and traces the lives of Sunita Sen and Mukesh Singh as they become students in the USA, and then Professors in American Universities.
It is also an unrequited love-story, a play which traces the eras, the loves, the worlds, the words, the ideas and events that shape the lives of these two people.
Sunita and Mukesh dwell in an intellectual alternative world of books and sub-texts, and yet feel much more for each other than they will or can express. The story of a man, a woman, love, longing and belonging.
The Playwright: Anuvab Pal’s plays include earlier versions of Chaos Theory (Alter Ego Productions, SALAAM Theatre, Producers Club, Here Theatre, 78th Street Theatre Lab, American Theatre of Actors, Pulse Ensemble Theatre, Greenwich Street Theatre- all in NYC, ArtWallah Festival- Los Angeles, Georgetown University, STAGE festival–Washington DC, Edward Albee Theatre Festival- Alaska, Rasik Arts- Toronto, Finalist- Juilliard Playwriting Fellowship),
Out of Fashion (Asian-American Writers Workshop, Manhattan Theatre Source- in NYC, Edward Albee Theatre Festival – Alaska), Life, Love and EBITDA (Lark Theatre-South Asian Diaspora Festival 2003, Epic Theatre – in NYC, Finalist-Playwrights Center/Guthrie Theatre- Minnesota, Artwallah Festival-Los Angeles). FATWA (New York International Fringe Festival 2004, Blue Heron Arts Center-NYC, Silk Road Theatre-Chicago). He wrote a one act play titled Paris (Lower East Side Tenement Museum -7.11 Convenience Theatre Festival 2005). His most recent play: The President is Coming premiered at The Rage Productions/ Royal Court Theatre Writers Bloc Festival in Mumbai, India.
His screenplays include the independent films: LOINS OF PUNJAB PRESENTS - selected for LONDON FILM FESTIVAL 2006 (Dir: Manish Acharya- with Shabana Azmi and Ayesha Dharker), CROSSROADS (Dir: Rajyashree Ojha- with Victor Banerjee, Soha Ali Khan, Zeenat Aman) and Arranged Marriage (Dir: Piyush Dinker Pandya).
He is a member playwright of The Pulse Ensemble Theatre Lab, an Associate member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Literary Manager of SALAAM Theatre, as well as a teaching associate with Epic Theatre, where he works with NYC school kids with an interest in playwriting. Life, Love and EBITDA played as part of the Public Theatre’s New Work Now! 2005 Festival. His work has been featured in Time Magazine, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, Time Out New York, Theatermania, NY Theatre, Village Voice, Playbill, India Today, The Hindu, Rediff/ India Abroad, Indian Express, Hindustan Times, Times of India, Mumbai Mirror, and many other publications.
He holds a degree in Theatre From Ohio Wesleyan University. He lives between Mumbai and New York.
The Director:Alexa Kelly, is the co-founder of Pulse Ensemble Theatre in New York City, and has been Pulse’s Artistic Director for the past 17 years. Born of a Greek mother and a Scottish father, she was born, raised and educated in London, England.
Alexa studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama, London, for 3 years. She then visited the US, where she got an MFA at UNC, and worked on a Ph. d. at Florida State University.
She has directed 38 of Pulse’s main stage productions. She has worked regionally as a host for PBS-TV, and as an actor, director or teacher at the Alliance Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre, Attic Theatre, Academy Theatre, Little Five Points, etc. She was the Literary Manager for the Walnut Street Theatre for two years, and ran an acting program at FCI in Tallahassee for 3 years. She has taught and directed at UNC, FSU, and U of M.
Union affiliations: SSDC, AEA, SAG, League of Professional Theatre Women.
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