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Aditi Brennan Kapil

ADITI BRENNAN KAPIL

  

Nationality:    USA
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Literary Agent:    Antje Oegel International  represented by Antje Oegel

Aditi Brennan Kapil is a Twin Cities writer, actress, and director, of Bulgarian and Indian descent and of Swedish nationality. She is a graduate of Macalester College with a Ba in English and Dramatic Arts. In 2004-05 she was a Many Voices Fellow at the Playwrights' Center. aditi's playwriting credits include Gotama for Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater, March 2006, the Deaf Duckling, a bilingual (aSL & English) educational touring show about growing up Deaf, created in collaboration with Deaf performer Nic Zapko for Mixed Blood Theater, and the adventures of Hanuman, King of the Monkeys, a Bollywood style musical inspired by tales from the Ramayana for SteppingStone Theater for Youth Development (March 2006). aditi's directing credits include Queen of the Remote Control, Bill of (W)Rights, and the Primary English Class at Mixed Blood Theater. She has performed at a variety of Twin Cities Theaters including Mixed Blood, Jungle Theater, eye of the Storm, Park Square, and the Playwrights' Center.
- http://www.aatrevue.com

Research:    Member of the Dramatists Guild of America (as at 2015)

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        Adventures Of Hanuman, King Of The Monkeys, The         Agnes Under the Big Top         Around-the-Globe Chain Play         Ballad Of Accountant Jo, The         Brahman/i: A One-Hijra Stand-Up Comedy Show         Buck the Rider         Chitrangada: the Girl Prince         Chronicles Of Kalki, The         Cirkus Kalashnikov         Courbet Cure, The         Deaf Duckling, The         Gotama: A Journey To the Buddha         Hanuman And the Girl Prince         Invigorate the Common Well, Part 2: Beneath the Surface         Love Person         Messy Utopia, The Ballad Of Accountant Jo         Our War         Shiv         Starling Project



Adventures Of Hanuman, King Of The Monkeys, The

Synopsis:
A Bollywood-style musical loosely adapted from the central story in the Ramayana from the perspective of Hanuman the mischievous monkey. When the Princess Sita is kidnapped by the 10-headed demon Ravana, Hanuman finds his courage and his destiny in helping Prince Rama rescue his beloved.

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1st Produced:
Steppingstone Theater For Youth-Minneapolis, Mn     01 Mar 2006

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TYA 55 min

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  Cast size: 12-22

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Agnes Under the Big Top

Agnes Under the Big Top
Agnes Under the Big Top: A Tall Tale explores the intersecting lives of several immigrants in a US city. It is a magical tale of hope and disappointment, identity and reinvention, narrated by an itinerant subway busker. Against the subterranean rhythms of a subway train, a Liberian home care worker, a former Bulgarian ringmaster and his wife, an Indian call center escapee, and a bed-ridden American woman, find and redefine themselves in today's America.

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the American Voices New Play Institute At Arena Stage will feature full length presentations And readings from the seven inaugural selections of the National endowment for the Arts New Play Development Program.

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Lark Play Development Center, Ny

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Genre:
90 min Dramatic Comedy

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Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Around-the-Globe Chain Play

Synopsis:
Starting and ending in NYC, a play will be written as it travels around the world making 15 stops with playwrights from across the globe. Each playwright will contribute the next one to four pages of text, moving the plot forward from where the previous playwright left off. The reading will be followed by a World Theatre Day Reception where a number of NYC theatre luminaries will read the International Theatre Institute's World Theatre Day Message that will be written this year by South African playwright, designer, director, and installation-maker, Brett Bailey.

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The playwrights include Lisa Kron (USA, NYC), Aditi Kapil (USA, Minneapolis), Nicolas Billon (Canada), Luz Estrada (Colombia), Thomas Sainsbury (New Zealand), Nick Yu (China), Anuvab Pal (India), Oded Liphshiz (Israel), Lily Bevan (United Kingdom), Nina Mitrovic (Croatia), Phillip M Dikotla (South Africa), Amy Conroy (Ireland), Lana Nasser (The Netherlands), Sol Rodriguez Seoane (Argentina), and Chisa Hutchinson (USA, NYC).

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Genre:
staged reading

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Male:  4            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Ballad Of Accountant Jo, The

Synopsis:
A comic musical narrated by a mysterious balladeer. In his search for racial identity, Accountant Jo discovers that he is unidentifiable and thus invisible to society at large, an epiphany which leads to an ill-fated crime spree. This piece was created for 'Messy Utopia' as one of 5 short plays about the biracial experience. 'Messy Utopia' included work by Velina Hasu-Houston, Naomi Iizuka, Seema Sueko, and Janet Allard.

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Genre:
20 min play

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  7 actors/actresses

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

Synopsis:
This hilarious stand-up comedy routine/play takes on history, mythology, gender roles, and high school through the inimitable comic lens of Brahman/i, a boy/girl tethered by neither gender nor culture, and wildly curious and inventive in his/her examination of both.

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[Part of the DISPLACED HINDU GODS Trilogy: A trilogy of plays loosely based on the trinity of Hindu deities- Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva- displaced into contemporary immigrants in the West. Each play is in a different style: stand-up comedy routine, girl-gang thriller, post-colonial fantasy. Each play can stand alone, but they co-exist in a common universe where displacement, identity, post-colonialism, puberty, are explored through the lenses of creation, survival, and destruction.]

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Buck the Rider

Synopsis:
Two women may or may not have kidnapped an elderly senile man. This play is intended to be performed in a public space, for instance a bar or restaurant.

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1st Produced:
Thirst Theater     Winter 2007

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Genre:
ten min play

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Male:  1            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Chitrangada: the Girl Prince

Synopsis:
a one-act play for youth in iambic verse. adapted loosely from a brief incident in the Mahabharata, and the dance Drama by Rabindranath Tagore.
- http://www.aatrevue.com

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1st Produced:
Steppingstone     2008

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Chronicles Of Kalki, The

Synopsis:
This comic-book infused girl-gang thriller chronicles the adventures of Kalki, a young girl who may or may not be the final avatar of Vishnu, come to rid the world of demons and evil.

Notes:
Originally created in the Lark Play Development Center's Winter Writers Retreat. [Part of the DISPLACED HINDU GODS Trilogy: A trilogy of plays loosely based on the trinity of Hindu deities- Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva- displaced into contemporary immigrants in the West. Each play is in a different style: stand-up comedy routine, girl-gang thriller, post-colonial fantasy. Each play can stand alone, but they co-exist in a common universe where displacement, identity, post-colonialism, puberty, are explored through the lenses of creation, survival, and destruction.]

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Male:  1            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Cirkus Kalashnikov

Synopsis:
a 10-minute play about an immigrant Bulgarian subway driver with a tendency to kill people.
- http://www.aatrevue.com

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1st Produced:
Emigrant Theater As Part Of 9/11 Evening     2006

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Genre:
ten min play

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Male:  1            Female:  -            Other:  1 man, 1 woman voice-over only

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Courbet Cure, The

Synopsis:
A couple out on their first date after having a baby fight, doze, and laugh their way back to each other.

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Thirst Theater     Spring 2006

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Genre:
ten min play

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Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Deaf Duckling, The

Synopsis:
a one-act educational play about growing up Deaf, created in collaboration with Deaf Performer, Nic Zapko. Sam is a Deaf child born to a hearing family, who discovers a new world through American Sign Language in this bilingual fable. the play is equally accessible and entertaining to both Deaf and Hearing audiences.

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Work-shop: PlayLabs 2004 at Playwrights' Center, MN.

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University Of Arizona     Fall 2008

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Genre:
TYA 45 min

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  3 actors; 1 Deaf, 2 Hearing and ASL proficient. This is a story-telling play, genders are interchangeable.

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Gotama: A Journey To the Buddha

Synopsis:
a play about the early life of Siddhartha Gotama, created in collaboration with andrew Kim and Masanari Kawahara.
- http://www.aatrevue.com

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1st Produced:
In The Heart Of The Beast Puppet And Mask Theater     2008

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Hanuman And the Girl Prince

Synopsis:
A play for youth in iambic verse. Loosely adapted from a brief incident in the Mahabharata, and the dance drama "Chitrangada" by Rabindranath Tagore. The Princess Chitrangada has spent the majority of her life disguised as a Prince in order to rule her kingdom. When the hero Arjuna arrives in Manipur seeking the prince's assistance against their mutual enemy the Kauravas, she wants nothing more than to shed her disguise and be a princess, but complications ensue.

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1st Produced:
Steppingstone Theater For Youth-Minneapolis, Mn     01 Oct 2009

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Genre:
TYA 70 min

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Invigorate the Common Well, Part 2: Beneath the Surface

Synopsis:
a circus-style puppet play about the quality and privatization of water.
- http://www.aatrevue.com

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1st Produced:
In The Heart Of The Beast Puppet And Mask Theater     2008

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Love Person

Love Person
Vic thinks she's finally found the one in bookish poet Ram. When Vic introduces the scholar to her sister, Free, sparks don't exactly fly. But when Free, a deaf woman, reads the scholar's translations of Sanskrit poetry, Ram and Free begin to build a language all of their own. In this moving play about the power of communication and finding ways to understand one another, Aditi Brennan Kapil has created a love story between word and sign, between Sanskrit poetry and ASL.
- http://dctheatrescene.com

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Genre:
Dramatic comedy

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Messy Utopia, The Ballad Of Accountant Jo

Synopsis:
One of 5 short plays about the biracial experience, created in collaboration with Velina Hasu-Houston, Naomi Iizuka, Seema Sueko, and Janet allard.
- http://www.aatrevue.com

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Our War

Synopsis:
While the plays that took the perspective of participants were some of the most crisp, the last kind of play in the evening, plays that look at today with the eyes of the present (but through the lens or with the lighting of the Civil War), hit the hardest. Most of them use the Civil War as a way to talk about race in America, from Ken Narasaki's thoughts on racism that isn't divided into Black and White to Lydia Diamond's chastisement of White liberal guilt. - http://dctheatrescene.com/2014/10/28/war-arena-stage-resounding-success/

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An esteemed collection of American playwrights, including winners of the Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award and Olivier Award, creates a dynamic new theatrical event reflecting on the repercussions of the U.S. Civil War. Through a rich tapestry of short monologues, a core ensemble of gifted actors, accompanied by notable Washingtonians such as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Eleanor Holmes Norton and Chris Matthews, explorethrough diverse perspectivesthe historical memory and present-day reverberations of the U.S. Civil War. Our War, commissioned by Arena Stage for the National Civil War Project, uses the power of live theater to bring new understanding to the shades of Blue and Gray that define one of the most significant periods of American history.

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Genre:
monologue

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Shiv

Synopsis:
Exploring the psychological residue of post-colonialism, "Shiv" is a fantastical journey to liberation from one's past, from one's present, and of the destruction that makes rebirth possible.

Notes:
[Part of the DISPLACED HINDU GODS Trilogy: A trilogy of plays loosely based on the trinity of Hindu deities- Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva- displaced into contemporary immigrants in the West. Each play is in a different style: stand-up comedy routine, girl-gang thriller, post-colonial fantasy. Each play can stand alone, but they co-exist in a common universe where displacement, identity, post-colonialism, puberty, are explored through the lenses of creation, survival, and destruction.]

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Starling Project

Synopsis:
a play with music, motion, and many languages about immigrants in America. Work-in-progress.
- http://www.aatrevue.com

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(Temporary Title)

1st Produced:
Rhodope Theater Collective, Bulgaria     2008

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