South Asian Theatre with Universal Appeal

In memory of Jean-Claude Carrière

"I will never die. One day I will walk down this hill into the sunset with Ganesha on one side and Shakespeare on the other, and we will tell each other stories for eternity."

EnActe Arts is proud to launch a New Works Festival in honor of its spiritual founder Jean-Claude Carrière.

Carrière, Lifetime Achievement Oscar winner, was arguably one of the most prolific and impactful storytellers of our time. 

His six decades of work include theatrical collaborations with Peter Brook, cinematic collaborations with Louis Buñuel, and several awards including Palme d’Ors, Academy Awards, and even the Padma Shri. 

His last acting role was as a Modern Vyaasa in EnActe’s very first productions as a theatre company. 

EnActe honors Jean-Claude’s efforts to bring Eastern stories and storytelling into the Western canon.

With a deep commitment to producing works about and by our communities for universal audiences, we present this New Works Festival as a platform to nurture emerging artists and amplify the voices of visionary writers who will become the leaders of the cultural zeitgeist in the years to come.
By celebrating a unique blend of Eastern and Western storytelling, this festival aims to use new perspectives to foster deeper understanding and empathy between cultures.

This festival presents a unique blend of Eastern and Western artistry and storytelling

featuring New Works in FOUR art forms!

It Happened in Khatija’s Village
by Bobbi Ausubel, with consultant Tinku Khanna

Inspired by true events (with fictional characters), this play dramatizes the struggles and victories of women who work to end sex-trafficking and prostitution in their village. In the end, they dramatically change both themselves and the entire village.

Mirabai, the Barefoot Princess
by Leah Sirkin
Young Mirabai is in love with the playful flute-playing god, Krishna, but is forced to marry Prince Bhojraj of Chitoor. After Bhojraj is slain in battle, Mira’s in-laws attempt to kill her. Mira flees to wander and develops a following. When her in-laws attempt to bring her back, Mira leaves her body to unite with Krishna.
The Wife
by Reena Kapoor
This play (Working Title: The Wifeexplores the themes of identity, culture, and self-discovery. In it, an Indian housewife, who has everything she could ever want, begins to question her life choices when she meets an attractive neighbor from a completely different background who makes her feel truly seen. As their friendship blossoms, she is forced to confront her own desires and what it means to be an individual within the “model minority”.
Rickshaw Girl
dir. Amitabh Reza

A daring Bangladeshi teen-aged girl battles the dangers of the big city when she disguises herself as a boy to earn extra cash for her struggling family.

Gurucool: Shifting Mindsets
dir. Sangeeta Iyer
Written and directed by Sangeeta Iyer, this award winning documentary sheds light on the education system in India and calls to action those of us who wish for a bright future for the next generation.
Letters to a Daughter from Prison
by Lavonne Mueller
adapted by Deesh Mariwala, Denzil Smith, Vinita Sud Belani
‘Little one, may you grow up into a brave soldier in India’s service!’
Nehru the statesman, continually separated from his shy, intellectual daughter Indira Priyadarshini by the turmoil of building a country, forges the bonds of a loving, nurturing and formative relationship through the written word.
A Modern Vyaasa: The Mahabharata
by Jean-Claude Carrière
Lauded playwright, screenwriter, actor and master storyteller Jean-Claude Carrière recounts the story of the two thousand year old Indian epic
The Mahabharata – the longest story ever told.