2007

Identity in Motion: Tony Award Winner David Henry Hwang Discusses Golden Child, Hybrid Americans, and Silk Road Theatre Project by R. Sheth

Silk Road Theatre Project
News Release
January 9, 2007

The issues portrayed in Golden Child are incredibly important to modern society. As borders begin to fade and globalization becomes more commonplace, it is important to examine the consequences of these events to the cultures they affect.

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2007 After Dark Award for Overall Technical Achievement by R. Sheth

Presented by Gay Chicago Magazine
Awarded to Golden Child
December 31, 2007

The 2007 After Dark Award for Overall Technical Achievement for David Henry Hwang's "Golden Child" directed by Stuart Carden. Awarded to Rebecca A. Barrett, lighting design; Carol J. Blanchard, costume design; Lee Keenan, scenic design; D. Christopher Krause, technical director; Daniel Pellant, props design; and Robert Steel, sound design and original music.

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Sankalpan (Desire) by R. Sheth

December 9, 2007

Written by Lina Patel
Directed by Patrizia Acerra

An inventive fusion of Chekhov’s Three Sisters and Tagore’s The Home and the WorldSankalpan evokes a time of revolution that draws sharp parallels to the geopolitics of today. A story about self-determination—both in the psyches of individuals hungry for change and in the psyche of an evolving national identity—Sankalpan is set against the volatile backdrop of 1907 Bengal. Personal struggles play out on a national stage, which is rapidly changing as the demands of independence refigure relationships between British Imperialists and Indian Nationalists, rich landowners and poor peasants, and, most explosively, in new possibilities in the relationships between men and women.

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So here's a first: A multi-theater subscription ticket by R. Sheth

If you really like the work of a particular Chicago theater company, you've probably bought a subscription ticket. Good for you. You save some bucks and get to be a part of that theater’s family of supporters. But if you prefer to spread your theater-going around, you probably rely on single tickets. They’re more expensive—but you don’t get locked into the ups and downs of one group.

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Merchant on Venice
by R. Sheth

Gay Chicago Magazine
By Venus Zarris
October 25, 2007

Once again, Silk Road fearlessly tackles misconceptions and misrepresentations as only the arts can. Merchant on Venice is not only exceptionally ingenious in its reinterpretation of this classic tale of brutal bigotry and revenge but serves the purpose of illuminating the overlooked and thereby emancipating the general perceptions of our all too homogenized body-politic.

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Highly Recommended: Merchant on Venice by R. Sheth

Chicago Reader
By Kerry Reid
October 4, 2007

Shishir Kurup doesn't merely update the Elizabethan vernacular (he keeps the iambs) in his bold, smart, sardonic reinvention of one of Shakespeare's most troubling plays. He also skillfully weaves in post-9/11 paranoia about "the other" as well as the prejudices of competing immigrant groups on LA's Venice Boulevard.

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Worldly Hindus take on a strict Muslim: Take another look at the Bard's Merchant by R. Sheth

Chicago Sun-Times
By Hedy Weiss
October 1, 2007

Note to New York's Public Theater, producer of Shakespeare in Central Park: Send a scout to see the Silk Road Theatre Project's hip, funny, ingeniously reconfigured world premiere of Merchant on Venice, Shishir Kurup's reinvention of Shakespeare's most controversial play.

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Merchant on Venice
by R. Sheth

The Epoch Times
By Al Bresloff
September 30, 2007

"Bollywood" has come to Chicago! Silk Road Theatre Project has opened its new season with a world premiere of Shishir Kurup's Merchant on Venice, a comic look at what would happen if The Bard met Bollywood... If you have ever seen one of these films, you will know what to expect. If not, you will find yourself "loving it!"

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