Written and performed by
Directed by Patrick Crowley
Music by Anjna Swaminathan, Rajna Swaminathan, and Sam McCormally
January 8-18, 2014
During the day, nine-year-old Meena wishes that her mother could get well; and by night, the Hindu God Lord Krishna appears, entreating Meena's help in his war against the Worry Machine. Meena's Dream creates a fantastical world through storytelling and live music, from South Indian classical to indie folk.
HEAR MUSIC FROM THE SHOW
Wed, 1/8 @ 8pm
Thu, 1/9 @ 8pm
Sat, 1/11 @ 8pm
Sun, 1/12 @ 2pm
Wed, 1/15 @8pm
Thu, 1/16 @ 8pm
Fri, 1/17 @ 8pm
Sat, 1/18 @ 2pm
Sat, 1/18 @ 8pm
Anu Yadav (Playwright/Performer) has performed nationally and internationally, at venues such as the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Imagination Stage, African Continuum Theatre, Studio Safdar in Delhi and the National Academy of Dramatic Arts in Beijing. She was featured in the award-winning documentaries Walk with Me and Chocolate City as well as The Washington Post, Washington City Paper and other publications. She holds a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Performance from University of Maryland, College Park and is a Forum Ensemble Member.
Patrick Crowley (Director) Patrick Crowley is an award-winning director and playwright with an emphasis on developing new work. Past credits include world premieres of In Pursuit of Me, by Grammy-nominated Christylez Bacon; The Bridge of Bodies, by Kathleen Gonzalez; 'Capers, by Anu Yadav and Hip Hop Anansi, by Eisa Davis. The past two summers he has devised original plays with teenagers in Rwanda through the International Theatre and Literacy Project. 2007 DC Mayor’s Art Award: Outstanding Emerging Artist. Education: MA in Applied Theatre, CUNY SPS.
(Dramaturg/Music Director/Composer/Musician) is a versatile musician and theatre artist. Trained in South Indian Carnatic classical and Western classical violin, she is a disciple of late violin maestro Parur Sri M.S. Gopalakrishnan and Mysore Sri H.K. Narasimhamurthy. As a dramaturg, writer, and theatre scholar with interests in postcolonial thought, critical race, feminist, and queer theories, and national identity, she often engages in artistic work that ties together multiple aesthetic forms towards critical consciousness. She holds a B.A. in Theatre from University of Maryland, College Park. www.anjnaswaminathan.com
(Composer/Musician) is an accomplished young artist in the field ofmrudangam (South Indian percussion), a disciple of mrudangam maestro Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman and classical pianist. She performs with many renowned musicians and dancers in North America and India. With her hybrid musical foundation, she frequently collaborates with distinguished artists in New York's jazz and creative music scene, including acclaimed saxophonist Steve Coleman and MacArthur Fellow Vijay Iyer. Rajna holds degrees in Cultural Anthropology and French from University of Maryland, College Park. www.rajnaswaminathan.com
Rajna and Anjna are active as composers, creating and developing scores for dance and theatre works. Most notably, their music has been commissioned and featured in several projects by the renowned Ragamala Dance (Minneapolis).
(Composer/Musician) is a D.C.-based pianist and guitarist, as well as singer and songwriter in the melody-driven indie rock band Ugly Purple Sweater. Sam composed the soundtrack for several films, including the feature-length documentaries Igual Qué Tú (Same as You), and Walk with Me by Ellie Walton. His music was featured in the 2011 comedy Unicorn City, as well as covered in the Washington City Paper, DCist, the Vinyl District, and The Washington Post. www.sammccormally.com