MUTHALAND | WRITTEN & PERFORMED BY MINITA GANDHI
The Life of a young woman is forever changed on a trip to India where she unearths family secrets, encounters a prophet, and ultimately discovers her voice within a culture of silence. The familiar and the foreign swap roles in this dark comedy about culture, identity, spirituality, and sexuality.
Minita Gandhi represents a new voice in American theater who takes us on an epic journey of a coming of age first-generation Indian-American female. The “dark comedy” inspired by true stories takes us on magical but tragic trip to India. Minita was honored to perform Muthaland as a selected participant of the CAATA CONFEST hosted by Oregon Shakespeare Festival in October 2016. And she had the privilege to perform at the Statera Foundation for Women in the Arts Conference hosted by the Denver Center for the Performing Arts as well. For details about upcoming shows please see the ABOUT page. The play was originally developed and given four sold out workshop performances at Silk Road Rising Theater for their Solo Festival in downtown Chicago where it received a standing ovation each time. It was then invited to be a part of the prestigious Ignition Festival of new plays at the Tony Award winning Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago alongside esteemed playwrights such as Jose Rivera and Julia Cho, where it was sold out and received yet another standing ovation. The Indo-American Heritage Museum invited Minita to do two special performances at the Raven Theater in Chicago and in Naperville where the play had the audience leaping to their feet once more. The play has been skillfully directed by Heidi Stillman, the Artistic Director of Lookingglass Theater. Muthaland has been featured on Carry On Harry on ITV Gold, TVAsia, Splash Magazine, and the Times of India. Recently three graduate students from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University shot a documentary about her life and the making of Muthaland. The film is entitled MY MUTHALAND just won a regional EMMY award for best documentary!
In 2014, while foraging through her parents’ basement, she discovered her father’s worn suitcase from his very first journey to the United States, with a single statement scribbled in black Sharpie on the back of the bag: “When I die, discard this bag if you like, until then it stays.” This sparked a curiosity about her parents’ life journey and led to vulnerable interviews where they shared stories from their history they had never spoken of before. The telling of these stories began to bridge the cultural and generational distance between her and her family. Gandhi then realized by weaving their stories with her own life-changing journey to India in 2009 for her brother's arranged marriage, she had a powerful story she had to share with the world. Muthaland shares the magic of her journey to India, full of prophets, ritual, and the convergence of American and Indian cultures.
After the first table read in 2015 a documentary entitled “India’s Daughter,” from BBC about the fatal gang rape of a young woman in New Delhi was banned because the Indian government felt it would “defame” India. Minita realized she could no longer treat the topic of sexual violence as a “bad dream.” She felt empowered to share her own experience with the world.
WORLD PREMIERE OF MUTHALAND ANNOUNCED AT 16TH STREET THEATRE SEPT 1 - OCT 8 2017! Buy tickets to the World Premiere run here!
MUTHALAND SPECIAL PERFORMANCES
-MARCH 3 & 4 AGE AND GENDER EQUITY FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS SYMPOSIUM AT PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY Register to join the full weekend of amazing events at the symposium or Buy individual tickets to MUTHALAND here!
-IDAHO STATE UNIVERSITY, MARCH 10 FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC at the BISTLINE THEATRE in the STEPHENS PERFORMING ART CENTER at 7:30pm. Minita will be having a talkback concluding the performance. A Master Class, "USING YOUR ART AS ACTIVISM," will be led by Minita on March 11 at 10am.
-ITHACA COLLEGE, NY April 29th performances are FREE and Open to the Public