South Asian Diaspora Playwright's Festival 2003


and Reviews




November 12-15, 2003

Staged Readings of Four New Plays

in association with

Alter Ego Productions, Disha Theatre Co., Desipina & Co., Rasa Theater Co., SALAAM Theatre



By Bapsi Sidhwa

Director  Madhur Jaffrey


Caught in a clash of cultures, Feroza is forced to choose between love for her Jewish-American boyfriend and loyalty to her family and Zoroastrian faith.

Wed Nov 12 @ 6 pm / Fri Nov 14 @ 8:30 pm


By Shankar Vedantam & Donald C. Drake

Director  Nandita Shenoy


The play follows the arc of a ménage a trios that goes awry. Three friends ford the hurdles of sex and love only to wash up on the shoals of marriage and parenthood.

Wed Nov 12 @ 8:30 pm / Fri Nov 14 @ 6 pm




By Sonia Pabley

Director  Ashok Sinha


In this raucous, tightly drawn work two young South Asian couples find that marriage can get in the way of good sex – at least when it’s with their own spouse.

Thurs Nov 13 @ 6 pm / Sat Nov 15 @ 8:30 pm




By Anuvab Pal

Director Michael Johnson-Chase


A dark comedy about hope, greed and abandon among Wall Street dealmakers, ambitious middle-class Indians, and English corporate bosses with ulterior motives.

Thurs Nov 13 @ 8:30 pm / Sat Nov 15 @ 6 pm


All presentations will take place at the Lark Studio Theater, 939 Eighth Avenue, 2nd Floor NY, NY

Call 212-246-2676, x22 for reservations and information

Suggested donation $15


Sonia Pabley grew up in Massachusetts and now lives in New York City.  She studied film as an undergraduate at Columbia University and works in publishing and theatre/film as a literary agent.  SEX IN OTHER PEOPLE'S HOUSES is her first full-length play.



Anuvab Pal is the author of four plays. His work has been seen at various off-Broadway venues. In addition, his work has also been produced at Georgetown University, Bush Theatre in London, Fringe in Edinburgh, Artwallah in Los Angeles, STAGE Conference in Washington DC and various theatre's in India. His second play, OUT OF FASHION and the one-act version of CHAOS THEORY, recently received staged readings at the prestigious Edward Albee Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Alaska. LIFE, LOVE AND EBITDA premiered as part of a reading series produced by Epic Theatre Company in New York this past June.


Bapsi Sidhwa, distinguished international writer has published four novels: An American  Brat, Cracking India, The Bride and The  Crow Eaters, and has been translated into several European and Asian languages.          Among her many honors Sidhwa received the Bunting Fellowship at Radcliffe/Harvard, the Lila  Wallace-Reader's  Digest Writer's  Award, the  Sitara-i-Imtiaz,  Pakistan's highest national  honor  in  the arts, and the  LiBeraturepreis in Germany. Cracking India was made into the film Earth by Canadian director Deepa Mehta. Sidhwa’s play, SOCK ‘EM WITH HONEY/FEROZA AMONG THE FERANGEES, based on An American Brat, opened at Leicester Haymarket in London, April 2003.

 For photographs, detailed bio and other information go to website:


Shankar Vedantam is a staff writer at The Washington Post. Besides co-writing TOM, DICK AND HARRIET, which is his first play, he has completed a novel and a collection of short stories. One of his stories, The Scoop, was published in 2003 in Rosebud Magazine. He is one of the authors of Violence or Dialogue, a book scheduled for release in Oct 2003. He lives in Washington D.C.  You can learn more about Shankar at

Donald C. Drake is author of several plays, including CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER, which was produced by the Walnut Street Theater; WORDS, which was produced by the Wilma and The International Theatre in Vienna; FINAL EDITION, which was produced by the Eureka theater in Eureka, Ca., and SAINTLY MOTHER, which was given as a staged reading at the O'Neill Theater Center's National Playwrights Conference. Drake is a member of the Philadelphia Dramatists Center and The Dramatists Guild of America.

Festival Producer:  Giovanna Sardelli                                                          Production Manager:  Christine Lemme 


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