A World Premiere!

Pratidhwani Proudly Presents

The Banyan Tree

Written by Tulika Kumar
Directed by Agastya Kohli

Alpa Dave, Arjun Dave, Rumela Ganguly, Sheeba Jacob, Fox Rain Matthews, Madhura Nirkhe, Payal Patel, Abhijeet Rane, Amrita Seera and Abhi Sheth

When: Sept 6th through 15th.
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00PM.
Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00PM.

Where: SecondStory Repertory,
16587 NE 74th ST, 
(Redmond Town Center)
Redmond, WA 98052

A banyan tree throws down new roots that let it grow and strengthen as a whole. What happens when immigrant Indians throw down roots in foreign soil? The Banyan Tree explores this question through a modern Indian American perspective. 

Three separate stories reflect on what can happen as the immigrant generation tries to hold on to the values and customs of their home land as the next generation readily adopts the ways of the new. 

In The Palm Reader a career house wife searches for meaning in an empty nest while a young woman struggles with love. A forbidden palm reading changes the future for both. 

In The Banerjees Are Coming a son's homecoming unravels when he makes a personal revelation to his father that tests the limits of their relationship. 

And in United States V. Nani Ji an immigrant Indian family engages in a comedic dual of wits with a more idealistic Indian American lawyer over charges of fraud. 

Artists's Perspective: Blog Posts by Cast and Crew

Friction Can Be A Good Thing - A post by Tulika Kumar

"My parents immigrated to America many years ago when trying to find Indian vegetables and spices in the grocery store was an exercise in disappointment, Indian restaurants were scarce, and calling home to hear a familiar voice was incredibly expensive. Whatever the motivation for the move it is seldom easy to uproot yourself from what you know and love."

Trees, People, and their Roots - A post by Agastya Kohli.

"As you are aware, Pratidhwani’s mission is to create performing opportunities for artists of South Asian descent. We have been able to do this by staging Indian plays in Hindi and Bangla, by staging South Asia centric English plays, and last year, we took a play that had nothing to do with South Asia, and painted it with a desi brush. All along, I've wondered, wouldn't it be nice if we could generate our own material, which would be closer to the lives we live here in the US, while our roots extend back to India or elsewhere in South Asia?"