By Aditi Brennan Kapil
Directed by Samantha Reading
“…what is wrong with you?”
Leela, seventeen, on the autism spectrum, travels from India to Orange County, CA to reunite with her father, who doesn’t know what to do with her. Leela’s cousin whisks her into an all-night escapade that plunges them into depths unknown. Leela summons the Gods, but can they help her? Can anyone?
Contains adult language. Recommended for ages 17+.
Imran W. Sheikh
How can we navigate and understand autism spectrum disorder as a supportive community?
- Roger Ideishi, Program Director & Associate Professor, Program in Occupational Therapy, College of Public Health at Temple University
- Megan Robinson Joy, Ph.D., BCBA Director, Pennsylvania Autism Services, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health
- Lisa Sonnenborn, Director of Media Arts & Culture, Institute on Disabilities, Temple University
Supported in part by the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation and Rebecca Bradbeer.
ADITI BRENNAN KAPIL is a writer, actress, and director, of Bulgarian and Indian descent, who was raised in Sweden. Her work is produced internationally.
Her play Love Person, a four-part love story in Sanskrit, ASL and English, was developed during a Many Voices residency at the Playwrights' Center, work-shopped at the Lark Play Development Center in NY, and selected for reading at the National New Play Network (NNPN) conference 2006. Love Person was produced in a NNPN rolling world premiere at Mixed Blood Theatre (MN), Marin Theater (CA), and Phoenix Theatre (IN), in the 2007/08 season. In 2008/09 it was produced at Live Girls! Theatre in Seattle, Alley Repertory Theatre in Boise, and Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago. Love Person received the Stavis Playwriting Award in 2009.
Her play Agnes Under The Big Top, a tall tale was selected as a 2009 Distinguished New Play Development Project by the NEA New Play Development Program hosted by Arena Stage, and was developed by the Lark Play Development Center (NY), Mixed Blood Theatre (MN), InterAct Theatre (PA), the Playwrights' Center (MN), and the Rhodope International Theater Laboratory (Bulgaria). Agnes Under the Big Top premiered at Mixed Blood Theatre and Long Wharf Theatre (CT) in 2011, and Borderlands Theater (AZ) in 2012 in a NNPN rolling world premiere.
Her Displaced Hindu Gods Trilogy consists of Brahman/i, a one-hijra stand-up comedy show, The Chronicles of Kalki, and Shiv. The plays, based on the Hindu trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva, premiered in repertory at Mixed Blood Theatre in October 2013, and have since been produced across the US and in the UK. Brahman/i and The Chronicles of Kalki received an unprecedented double nomination for the James Tait Black Prize, University of Edinburgh, UK.
In the 2016/2017 season Kapil premiered SouthCoast Repertory (SCR) commissioned play Orange at Mixed Blood Theatre and at SCR, and Yale commissioned play Imogen Says Nothing at Yale Repertory Theatre. In addition, she is working on commissions with La Jolla Playhouse and Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
She is the Playwright-in-Residence at Mixed Blood Theatre, an Artistic Associate at Park Square Theatre, a Core Writer at the Playwrights’ Center, and a Resident Playwright at New Dramatists.