Samar and Leela grew up in a small town in Oregon with parents who hope they will use their opportunities to seek out the American Dream. But when Samar decides he wants to attend college in India and pursue his career there, tensions erupt as the family struggles to make major decisions about how they want to live out their lives.
September 12th at 5:00pm PDT
EnActe Zoom Room
A Playful@EnActe reading. Join us in the Zoom Room and stay for the talkback!
FROM THE PLAYWRIGHT:
Meet the Cast!
Vibeka Sen Sisodiya as Pramila
Vibeka Sen Sisodiya is a writer, editor and singer, and a mother, daughter and partner determined to find solutions to everyone’s problems. An emotionally rich human who wears her heart on her sleeve, and forgets to roll it up sometimes. Vibeka’s acting credits have so far been limited to college theater. The pandemic made her realize that her bucket is still full of things she wants to do. The Enacte family has welcomed her with open arms and given her an opportunity to be a part of this beautiful and complex Indian-American Dream story.
Pierre Gopal as Amit
Pierre Gopal is a Computer engineer and lives in Hayward, CA for the last 20+ years. He grew up in Chennai, India and came to the US to do his graduate studies at Oklahoma State University. Pierre has been involved in theater continuously through college. He was part of the “Afsaaney” cast for two of their plays with BADCo. You may have also seen him recently playing the role of a magician in the Tamil play “Jest of Hahalaba” with Naatak. While he is involved in several other productions across the Bay, this will be Pierre’s debut performance with EnActe.
Ahana Dave as Leela
Ahana Dave is delighted to make her virtual debut with EnActe Arts. Her independent short film “The Order” premiered at the 2020 Golden Gate Film Festival, LA. She has acted in several film projects at SF’s Academy of Art University, and participated in three BADCo staged play readings. Ahana has studied acting at the Bay to LA Actor’s Network, SF Acting Academy, and Amy Reece Acting Studio. She’s currently training in the Meisner Technique with the Wendy Ward Acting Studio.
Varun Arvind as Samar
Varun Arvind has been acting for 3 years now. Varun has had the opportunity to act in a few short films in his time at USC, and has been a part of a couple of EnActe productions over the years, the Parting (Hamid) and The Kingdom of Cards (the Prince). In his spare time, he loves to garden and cook, and spend time with the family. Acting is a passion of his, and he’s honored to be a part of a socially meaningful piece like Swapna.
Christopher Crosby Cruz as David
Christopher Crosby Cruz is honoured to be part of this new work “Swapna.” Primarily trained as a dancer for musical theatre, Christopher is a Guest Artist with Chinese Performing Arts of America where he performed the new work “The Longing Gaze” by international award winning choreographer Feng Han. Favourite theatre roles in the past include A Chorus Line (Al DeLuca), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Longaville), Man of La Mancha (The Barber / Muleteer), as well as many featured dance roles! During the day, Christopher is a Special Education Teacher and a Children’s Competitive Latin Ballroom teacher.
Namita Vakil as Kamala
Namita Vakil is a versatile stage actress and a trained classical dancer. She has performed numerous dance recitals and acted in live in-person plays, including EnActe’s “Kingdom of Cards”. She has played various types of roles in staged readings as well as Zoom plays. She is passionate about theatre, and she has had training in the Meisner technique of acting. When not on stage, she loves to help out with designing and taking care of costumes in plays.
Ranga Nathan as Raju
Ranga Nathan has played multiple roles in his previous occupation in Information Technology, and in his personal life as a cricketer, coach, and a stay-at-home dad, caring for and feeding his multi-generational family. In his second inning, he aims to explore his interests in the creative and healing arts as an actor and holistic wellness counselor. This happens to be his debut theater performance, although he has had an outstanding non-performance to his credit– as a watchman in a school play that was broadcast on Indian television. Ranga lives in Sunnyvale with his dog and human family.
Director: Hassan Shah
Hassan Shah has been directing virtual plays since the lockdown began in March, and before Swapna, he directed Zoom events that featured the writings of Rashid Jahan, Ismat Chughtai, and Amrita Pritam. He is a lover of literature (South Asian literature, and otherwise) and is an avid movie watcher. Having lived in both the Bay Area and in Lahore throughout his adolescent and adult life, Hassan is drawn to stories that are personal and explore the complexities surrounding human relations. For this reason, directing Swapna has been an incredibly fulfilling experience for him and he hopes you enjoy the play.
Playwright: Sravya Tadepalli
Sravya Tadepalli is an Oregon-based playwright originally from Corvallis. Her first play, The Fruit Stand, premiered as part of the University of Oregon’s mainstage season as the winner of UO’s 2016 New Voices playwriting contest. Her ten-minute play, Dhebba, premiered at Oregon Contemporary Theatre as a winner of OCT’s Northwest Ten Festival. The play was also selected as a semifinalist for the Gary Garrison National Ten-Minute Play Award. Her latest full-length play, Swapna, had its first workshop at Enacte Arts. Swapna was also a finalist for Signature Theatre’s SigWorks new play competition. Sravya is also a 2018 Truman Scholar.