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South Asian American Theater Festival

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Last August, Boston-based theater group, Off-Kendrik, presented SAATh-Fest, the first-ever South Asian-American theater festival in New England—an event that The Boston Globe highlighted as a celebration of South Asian American connection and inclusivity. Local NPR radio - WBUR also advertised our festival.  For 3 days, the festival attracted more than 500 people, and showcased the diverse perspectives of New England's vibrant South Asian-American community through the art of theater and storytelling. 


This year, on September 16th and 17th, Off-Kendrik is again excited to bring back the second iteration of the festival at Multicultural Arts Center, Cambridge, MA.

We would like to cordially invite you, at this festival, to entertain, showcase and celebrate the multi-cultural diversity which is what we are, which is what our theater is.

Like last year, this year, we carefully curated 9 plays of 6 different languages ( English, Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Gujarati, Kannada), all supertitled in English. This is a unique opportunity to explore the high quality South Asian immigrant theater and heritage. 


This year’s festival will premiere MustaQueen, a play that features Uma Paranjpe, the first woman to play the role of Pi in the acclaimed Broadway production, Life of Pi, which won 3 Tony awards. The play  is written by a Pakistani-American, Fatima Atta Mann, a recent graduate of Boston University Theater program and directed by Zahra Budhwani, another fellow of Uma, from NYC's theater community, an actor, director, LGBTQ+ theater activist.


Other than that, we have a South-Asian adaptation of Neil Simon's Plaza Suite called "Subho Drishti", a satirical play called "Gandhi" based on folk-art from Guajarat called Bhawai, A famous absurd theater called "Procession” (a.k.a Michhil) by famous Indian playwright Badal Sircar and adapted on the reality of Indian-American socio-political-cultural realities  and directed by  grassroot theater director Dipankar Mukherjee of Pangea World Theater, Minneapolis- to name a few.


This year, it's a multi-faceted mix of different forms and style of theater, imbibed from South Asian cultural heritage and combined with American immigrant life.

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