Disha Theatre Dishes up Three Nights of Sex, Drugs and Mothers

Reena Dutt and Purva Bedi
Reena Dutt, Disha’s Director of Development, and Purva Bedi, its Artistic Director and Founder (www.dishatheatre.org)

In Sanskrit and Hindi, Disha means direction. Expanding in a new direction, Disha Theatre, the South Asian theatre company originally founded in New York City, has arrived in Los Angeles. Starting next week, Disha brings us a collaborative reading festival of works by emerging South Asian writers, at various Los Angeles theatre companies. This fall’s lineup includes a mix of comedy, sex and angst featuring performers who you may recognize from tv and film. Read the descriptions below to whet your appetite for Disha’s offerings.

ON THE ROCKS: A Staged Reading Series

Three Nights of Sex, Drugs, and Mothers.
Featuring Ravi Kapoor (Crossing Jordan), Meera Simhan (Date Movie), Reena Dutt (Medium), Rizwan Manji (Transformers), and Purva Bedi (Boston Legal) among others.

Opening Night
October 16, 2006 – 8pm @ The Matrix Theatre, 7657 Melrose Ave., LA – 90046
CONQUISTADORS written by Ranbir Sidhu
Directed by Lina Patel, featuring Ravi Kapoor and Meera Simhan
On Hari’s birthday, he picks up the pot while Anu gets the Wendy’s takeout and the sex toys—her real present, she hopes, will be the baby they conceive together.

November 12, 2006 – 8pm
In collaboration with The Company of Angels, 2106 Hyperion Ave., LA – 90027
SURRENDER (A screenplay) by Ambika Samarthya
Directed by Kila Kitu
Sarita’s anxiety disorder doesn’t allow her to live in the moment because she needs to be ready for the next. But then how does one prepare for all of life’s good surprises?

December 11, 2006 – 8pm
In collaboration with The Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Ave., LA – 90029
MOTHER IN ANOTHER LANGUAGE by Taniya Hossain
Directed by Naila Azad
A culture clash comedy about a Bengali/American couple whose engagement is complicated when they move their two, very different mothers into the basement apartment of their brownstone.

Further details available at Disha Theatre.

October 13, 2006
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  1. October 26, 2006, 3:34 pm Sally Taylor

    Purva, Just found 85 Bankstreet year book. Googled you. So proud. Love you’re old pal Sal