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Step Inside, Scene 2

Ever since reading Ira Hauptman’s “Partition”, I knew that one day I wanted to be a member of the team that would bring this beautiful play to life in Houston. Some eight years later, here we are!

Over the past few weeks, many people have approached me with the following question: So what is this play about anyway?

A directing teacher once told me that the first rule in approaching a well-written script is to admit that it’s beyond you – that you probably don’t know what it’s about. There are questions you will begin to ask, and there are discoveries you will make together with the cast, but don’t expect to find explicit answers by the end of the rehearsal process or by the end of this lifetime.

I could tell you the play is about Ramanujan, one of the most famous and mysterious mathematicians India (perhaps the world) has ever produced. I could say it’s a play dripping in numbers and covered in words. I could say there’s a sexy Indian goddess who has all the right answers and an obsessively insane and neurotic French mathematician. I could say it’s a colorful mosaic of cultural tapestries and enigmatic patterns. I could tell you it’s about the bizarre, creative, and destructive tension that exists between East and West, between Faith and Reason. Or I could come back to what every play and every day seem to really be about – friendship and love.

The articulation of these themes is not particularly useful as we prepare to enter the rehearsal room. They don’t move us anywhere. So I offer three questions:

1. How do you know what you know?

2. What separates you from me?

3. What’s your favorite number?

Theatre is one of the only art forms that changes, moves, and breathes with the audience. It’s an incredible dialogue. And if the stars align, it can be breathtaking. We look forward to our upcoming rehearsal process, but even more, we look forward to meeting you and diving into an infinite series of questions.

Come meet the cast, step on stage yourself, and enjoy some food and drinks with the Shunya team at Avant Garden this Saturday, May 4th at 7 PM!

Truly, madly, deeply…
Sara

Little Victories

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Shunya is always excited about supporting local South Asian arts groups!  Life is all about celebrating the Little Victories.  And what better way to do that than to hang out with friends and listen to an awesome band!

Little Victories, a Houston based rock band, has its first full length show this Friday, May 3rd at Jet Lounge.  Details below!  Don’t miss it!

Check out the Little Victories Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Little-Victories/499362660123235?fref=ts
BUY TICKETS ONLINE, BUYING AT THE DOOR IS NO GOOD. 🙁 Buying online guarantees we will play a decent set length. 🙂
Half of the proceeds go to www.cordusa.org.
GO FORTH LITTLE VICTORIES! **little trumpet plays**

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.

Step Inside, Scene 1

It is with great pleasure that Shunya announces its cast for the upcoming August show – Partition.   Over the next few months as we prepare for the show, we will be sharing experiences, opinions, and other outrageous happenings in and around the rehearsal room.

But to jump start things, we want to invite all of you to step inside Avant Garden on Saturday, May 4th from 7 PM until they kick us out.   You can meet members of the cast and crew and learn how you can become involved with this particular show and with the organization as a whole.   We’ll have food and drinks – but more importantly there’s an open stage and microphone, because that’s what it’s all about.  Step in and step up and tell us what you’re thinking about.  You can sing, hum, act, fly, juggle, slam, or twiddle your thumbs.  Whatever puts some fire in your step and some zip in your soul.

We look forward to seeing you May 4th and continuing the conversation!

Partition by Ira Hauptman.  Opens August 2nd @ 14 Pews!  Featuring:  Taher Lokhandwala, John Kaiser, Bradley Winkler, Anjana Menon, and Jeff Dorman!

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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 rmurthy2@gmail.com.

Yaksha Bhatt

Shunya Theatre

 MOTHER

(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.

PROTAGONIST AS A YOUNG BOY

(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.