Sha Cage and Nick Demeris in "Agnes Under the Big Top, a tall tale" at Mixed Blood Theatre, 2011
Aditi Brennan Kapil is a playwright, actress, and director, of Bulgarian and Indian descent, raised in Sweden, and currently residing in Minneapolis, MN. She is a graduate of Macalester College with a B.A. in English and Dramatic Arts.
Her play LOVE PERSON, a four part love story in Sanskrit, ASL and English, has been produced to critical acclaim around the country. It was developed during a Many Voices residency at the Playwrights' Center, work-shopped at the Lark Play Development Center in NY, and selected for reading at the National New Play Network (NNPN) conference 2006. Love Person was produced in a NNPN rolling world premiere at Mixed Blood Theatre (MN), Marin Theater (CA), and Phoenix Theatre (IN), in the 2007/08 season. In 2008/09 it was produced at Live Girls! Theatre in Seattle, Alley Repertory Theatre in Boise, and Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago. Love Person received the Stavis Playwriting Award in 2009.
Her play AGNES UNDER THE BIG TOP, A TALL TALE, was selected as a 2009 Distinguished New Play Development Project by the NEA New Play Development Program hosted by Arena Stage, and was developed by the Lark Play Development Center (NY), Mixed Blood Theatre (MN), InterAct Theatre (PA), the Playwrights' Center (MN), and the Rhodope International Theater Laboratory (Bulgaria). Agnes Under the Big Top premiered at Mixed Blood Theatre and Long Wharf Theatre (CT) in 2011, and Borderlands Theater (AZ) in 2012 in a NNPN rolling world premiere.
Her latest work, the DISPLACED HINDU GODS TRILOGY, consisting of the plays "BRAHMAN/I, A ONE-HIJRA STAND-UP COMEDY SHOW", "THE CHRONICLES OF KALKI", and "SHIV", premiered in repertory at Mixed Blood Theatre in October 2013, earning several end-of-year honors, including Minneapolis City Pages naming Aditi Artist of the Year for 2013, and an unprecedented double nomination for "Brahman/i..." and "The Chronicles of Kalki" to the Long List for the James Tait Black Prize, Edinburgh, UK.
Aditi is currently working on commissions with Yale Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, and South Coast Repertory Theatre. She is the Playwright-in-Residence at Mixed Blood Theatre, an Artistic Associate at Park Square Theatre, a Core Writer at the Playwrights' Center, and a Resident of New Dramatists.