This trilogy of plays is loosely based on the trinity of Hindu Deities- Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva- displaced into contemporary immigrants in the West. 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.
"Playwright Aditi Brennan Kapil bites off a hefty chunk with these works, exploring everything from her Indian heritage to gender fluidity to the cultural impact of imperialism ... to craft three independent, fully realized stories." -Ed Huyck, City Pages
"Brahman/i" goes for the funny bone and "Kalki" for the adrenalin glands, "Shiv" is a play aimed straight at the heart." -Rob Hubbard, St. Paul Pioneer Press
"... wow, look what words can do, look what actors can do, look what live theater can still do when you gather a bunch of people in the dark to hear a story told well." -Matthew A. Everett
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.
"Full of sharp observations, heartbreaking truths, hilariously-told anecdotes, and entertaining takes on the history of the colonisation of India, Brahman/i deserves your time. " -Liz Byron, Aisle Say
"An extended standup routine about a character's uneasy journey between being a boy and being a girl could be a tough sell, but Kapil's script is as fluid as the main character" -Ed Huyck, City Pages
"Defiantly embracing both sides of her/himself as Brahman/i grows into adulthood, the stand-up act becomes a hilarious manifesto. Then suddenly blossoming out of this anger is an unexpected love story." -Matthew A. Everett
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, taking on the universal question of how exactly we survive high school.
"The Chronicles of Kalki is quite simply breathtaking." -John Townsend, Lavender Magazine
"Just when you think you've peeled back all the layers of this story and these performances, there's another layer waiting to surprise you... Another deft juggling act on the page by the writer, delivered with real passion, pain and humor on stage by the ensemble." -Matthew A. Everett
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.
"It's a piece of magical realism that has a lot more realism than magic, unless you count the magic that excellently executed theater can create." -Rob Hubbard, St. Paul Pioneer Press
"... incredibly poignant, delicate, passionate and compelling as the tale shifts in time and focus between the gradual deterioration of young Shiv's relationship with her father, and his influence over her thoughts and emotions in her new adult life in America"-Leicester Mercury
...explores the intersecting lives of 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, an itinerant subway busker, a Liberian home care worker, a former Bulgarian ringmaster and his wife, and an Indian call center escapee find and redefine themselves in today’s America. "...this lovely, brooding play bodes well for the future of the theater." -Sylviane Gold, NY Times
"...a tough and tender play ... that is as graceful and evocative as trapeze artists flying through air with the greatest of ease." -Frank Rizzo, Variety
"Lives intersect while others hover in parallel, but Kapil has created a masterly matrix for what are essentially first-person short stories told by the five main characters... this lyrical, bittersweet play is a spirit-soaring experience." -Susan Hood, Hartford Courant
...is a four part love story in Sanskrit, ASL and English in which love transcends sexual orientation, physical attraction, and social structure, and rests instead on the ways in which we communicate and how communication bonds or breaks us. The play is structured around 4 Sanskrit love poems that influence and reflect the journeys of the characters. Free, a Deaf woman in a relationship with Maggie, accidentally falls into a deceptive email correspondence with her sister Vic’s love interest Ram, a Sanskrit professor. Free and Ram discover a connection, based largely on an affinity between their two languages. As a result of the deception, Vic and Ram also begin to fall in love. Meanwhile Free and Maggie’s relationship struggles to survive.
"Kapil's "Love Person" is a fascinating brew of emotion, wit and intellect that challenges its audience to reassess how the form of communication shapes understanding." Lisa Brock, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"startling and evocative" Michael Opperman, Twin Cities Daily Planet
"Heart-pounding attraction, intense all-night conversations- Aditi Brennan Kapil's Love Person captures the giddiness of new love affairs. But the play is even more eloquently realistic about the wear and tear that time wreaks on relationships." Nicole Estvanik, American Theatre Magazine, July 2008