By Minita Gandhi
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About the Play
A trip to her homeland forever changes the life of a young Indian-American woman. On her journey, she unearths family secrets, encounters a prophet, and discovers her voice within a culture of silence. A powerful, transformative story based on actual events.
Minita Gandhi wrote and stars in this critically acclaimed play, an autobiographical 90-minute, one-woman show that was Jeff nominated (2018) for best new work and best solo-performance. It was also 1 of 4 plays selected for the NNPN Women in Playwriting Festival at Florida Studio Theater (2019). It closed a sold-out run of its World Premiere, after being extended twice, at 16th Street Theater (2017). It was workshopped and developed at Silk Road Rising Theater and an official selection of the Ignition Festival of New Plays at Victory Gardens (2016), The CAATA Festival at Oregon Shakespeare Festival (2016), The Statera Foundation for Women in the Arts Conference at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (2016), The Age and Gender Equity in the Arts Symposium (2017), and has been performed at colleges and universities around the country. It was also selected for the Anne Frank Social Justice Festival at SUNY in Buffalo NY (2017).
About The Playwright
Minita is a Los Angeles based actress/writer/activist who was born in Mumbai, India. Raised in the Bay Area, Minita cultivated an artistic home for herself in Chicago for over a decade before moving to LA.
Minita can be seen in the recurring role of Dr. Prospere on NBC's Chicago Fire and Chicago PD, as Musarrat in Brown Girls, and has appeared on Fox's hit show Empire, NBC's Crisis, ABC's Betrayal, Fox's The Chicago Code, and was The Onion News Network's anchor, Nina Shankar. Film credits include Death Wish, Ephemera, and Signature Move. Some of her regional theatre credits include Lookingglass Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Arena Stage and Milwaukee Repertory Theatre.
She has been a dramaturg for PCPA Theaterfest’s production of Much Ado about Nothing and Book-It Theater’s World Premiere production of Behold the Dreamers. Directing credits include The Sitayana written by Lavina Jadwhani. Minita is currently the National Co-Director for the StaterArts Mentorship Program. She believes in ‘coalition not competition’ and has taught workshops around the world on how to use Art as Activism.
Director- Lavina Jadhwani
Minita Gandhi- a one-woman show
*Member of Actors' Equity Association
** Member of the United Scenic Artists of America
Wry, wise and sometimes terrifying…Gandhi’s “Muthaland” creates a funny, brash and truthful portrait of embracing one’s past without being smothered by it.
~The Chicago Tribune
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