We Are So Different Now

Written by:

Shauna Singh Baldwin

Artist/Creator(s) Identify As:

Person/People of Colour

Cast Size:
10

Roles For:

  • Men: 4
  • Women: 3

Genre:

Dance/Movement/Clown
Drama

Themes:

Family
Marriage
Suicide

Length:

105 min.

Year Written:

2009

Synopsis:

With her arranged marriage in jeopardy, Sheetal Talwar attempts suicide. The woman who talks her out of it claims to be Draupadi – the Draupadi from the Mahabharat, the epic drama about the battle of the Pandava and the Kauravs three millenia ago. When Sheetal recovers and thanks her, Draupadi asks an expensive and difficult favour. Sheetal tries to evade her obligation to reciprocate – and her life begins to echo Draupadi’s. Sheetal’s very name means cool, and she believes we are so different now – are we?

Characters:

DRAUPADI / SHEETAL / DANCERS / ARJUN / ARJUN’S BROTHERS / KRISHNA

First Produced:

USA: 2011, Roy Arias Theater. Canada: 2016 Sawitri Theater Company, Toronto

Resources:

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Selection Notes:

A beautiful script with elements of dance and chorus work, and which combines fantasy and Sanskrit folklore. I believe that this script would be a good introduction to other texts such as the Mahabharat since it refers to many cultural texts and practices. -Grace

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