John Kaiser in Night of the Iguana

John KaiserJohn Kaiser, a veteran Houston actor, will be playing the part of G.H. Hardy in Shunya’s next production, “Partition.”  Be sure to catch him on stage at Theatre Southwest in Tennessee Williams’ “Night of the Iguana.” 

As a floorist and performer, his credits include The House of Blue Leaves at Theatre Southwest; Entertaining Mr. Sloane and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead at The Country Playhouse; Arcadia and Watch on the Rhine at Main Street Theatre; The Grand Manner and Me, Myself & I with Edge Theatre; and The Merry Widow at Houston Grand Opera. He has voiced many Japanese anime characters, in such recent videos as Intrigue in the Bakumatsu, The Book of Bantorra, and Night Raid 1931. For Sight into Sound radio, he does a weekly show reading National Geographic for the blind.

Taher Lokhandwala making his Houston debut!

Taher Lokhandwala headshotTaher Lokhandwala will be playing the part of Ramanujan in Shunya’s upcoming production “Partition” by Ira Hauptman.  He will also be making his Houston debut in Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible,” which opens April 17th at the University of St. Thomas.  For more details on the show, click Here!

Taher is a recent transplant to the wonderful city of Houston from Texas A&M University in College Station. In his time at TAMU, Taher has been seen in numerous productions put on by the Department of Performance Studies. Most recently he appeared as Orlando in Maria Irene Fornes’ play, The Conduct of Life. His other notable acting credits include Demetrius in A Midsummer Nights’ Dream, Matt the Mint in A Beggar’s Opera and Dr. Boyle in Prelude to a Kiss.

Film Casting Call

Roshan Murthy is a graduate student at UT Austin and is looking to cast the following roles in his thesis film. Please email him if you are interested. His email address is

Yaksha Bhatt

Shunya Theatre


(Female. South Asian. Age Range mid-late 30’s) Stricken with acute myelogenous leukemia in her mid-thirties, she struggles to go through treatment while still being able to care for her six year old child before eventually succumbing to the disease.


(Male. South Asian. 5-9 years old) A fascination with technology and biology due to his mother’s illness lead him to double major in biology and electrical engineering. The protagonist ends up working as a bioengineer for GE in Milwaukee when he stumbles upon a way to possibly bring back his mother using pre-existing data.

Audition Announcement! Partition by Ira Hauptman



A play by Ira Hauptman

Directed by Sara Kumar
Set Design by James V. Thomas
Lighting Design by Kris Phelps

The show will run August 2nd – August 18th, 2013
@ 14 Pews in the Heights
Rehearsals begin mid-June.

Auditions will be held on Saturday, March 16th, 2013 from 1 – 5 PM
@ Midtown Arts Center

Please email with headshot, resume, and preferred audition time. Wear comfortable clothing and be prepared for cold readings from the script. For more info about Shunya, please visit


SRINIVASA RAMANUJAN, a mathematician from India; he ages from 26 to 32 during the play.

G.H. HARDY, Professor of Mathematics, Trinity College, Cambridge University; he ages from 36 to 42.

NAMAGIRI OF NAMAKKAL, the Hindu goddess, mid-20s, beautiful.

ALFRED BILLINGTON, Professor of Classics, Trinity College, Cambridge University, mid-late 40s

PIERRE DE FERMAT, seventeenth-century French mathematician, mid-late 40s.

London POLICE OFFICER, 40s-50s, can be played by the actor who plays Fermat.


Two geniuses. Two worlds. One maddening riddle. In 1913, a young, self-taught mathematical genius in India named Srinivasa Ramanujan is invited to England to work with G. H. Hardy, a Cambridge professor. But just as mathematics draws these two men from vastly different cultures together, it also possesses the power to destroy them. A riveting fantasy based on real events.

“This is one terrific theater evening…a play which grabs you from the beginning and takes you through an often funny, but moving and deeply human experience.” Berkeley Daily Planet

Leaving San Jacinto

Leaving San Jacinto is a new and exciting play by Diana Howie, in-house playwright at the Country Playhouse. It is being directed by Dianne K. Webb (Director of Shunya’s production of Art), and the Assistant Director is Anjana Menon (AD for Art and actor, The Prophet and the Poet). It is set in Texas of 1836, soon after the Battle of San Jacinto, when three important figures in Texas history; Sam Houston, Santa Anna and Lorenzo de Zavala; find themselves aboard the Yellow Stone in each others company enroute to Galveston. The play takes place entirely on the prow of the boat!
Please note that Leaving San Jacinto will be playing for one weekend only, between Thursday February 28th to Sunday March 3. Tickets are at $28.00 apiece. You can purchase them online at Alternatively you can try calling the box office at 713-467-4497. Groups of 20 or more, $5.00 discount per ticket.


For more information:


And here’s a write-up about the play:

Remembered, Regained: Immigrant Arts of Houston

From the Houston Arts Alliance:

Remembered, Regained: Immigrant Arts of Houston, the Houston Arts Alliance Folklife + Traditional Art program’s celebration of the rich musical, visual and oral traditions of Houston’s diverse cultural communities, continues with Sharing the Immigrant Advantage: Lectures and Workshops. Join us as we explore the immigrant experience in Houston. The following events are free and open to the public*.

6:30 p.m., Wed., Feb. 13,

Houston Museum of African American Culture, 4807 Caroline Street

6:30 p.m., Wed., Feb. 27

Asia Society Texas Center, 1370 Southmore Blvd.

3 p.m., Sat., March 2

Children’s Museum of Houston, 1500 Binz Street

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