Playwright Aditi Brennan Kapil, who is of Bulgarian and Indian descent, spent her formative years in Sweden and currently lives in Minneapolis, where she also went to college. These geographic shifts likely helped inspire the themes of foreignness, identity and multi-culturalism that run through her play "Agnes Under the Big Top, " taking over Long Wharf Theatre's stage from March 2 to April 3. Selected as a Distinguished New Play Development project by the NEA, "Agnes" was performed in January at the New Play Festival at Washington D.C.'s Arena Stage Theater. An earlier play of Kapil's, "Love Person," was nominated for several awards, and received the 2009 Stavis Award given to an outstanding emerging playwright."Agnes Under the Big Top" is a fable that follows the experiences of immigrants who try to adapt to life in an American city. Among them is Agnes, who is Liberian. Other characters include a Bulgarian ringmaster and an Indian call center worker. When these and other characters cross paths, they develop a shared awareness that mitigates their experience of isolation and the work of reinvention.
Eric Ting, Long Wharf Theatres associate artistic director believes "Agnes," although about new immigrants, will resonate for audiences. Aditi has written a play that, at its heart, is an expression of the immigrant spirit -- that leap of faith that so many of our ancestors took in uprooting themselves from their familiar world to come to this new place in the hope of finding a better life, he says. The talented cast of "Agnes Under the Big Top" includes stage actors Eshan Bay, Francesca Choy-Kee as Agnes, Michael Cullen, Laura Esterman, Sam Ghosh and Gergana Mellin.
Catch "Agnes" to see an inventive evening of theater from a passionate, young playwright. Tickets are $45-$65. For more information, visit Long Wharf's website .
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