Written and Performed by Minita Gandhi
Directed by Heidi Stillman
The life of a young woman is changed forever on a trip to India when she unearths family secrets, encounters a prophet, and discovers her voice within a culture of silence. In this dark comedy inspired by true events, Minita Gandhi inhabits over twenty characters with great depth and charisma to guide us on a journey through time and place where the familiar and the foreign swap roles. Muthaland is a call to action to inspire love, laughter, hope, and introspection by bridging cultural and generational gaps.
About Minita Gandhi
Minita Gandhi is an actress and playwright born in Mumbai, India. She was raised in the Bay Area and now calls Chicago her artistic home. Muthaland was originally developed at Silk Road Rising Theater as part of the Solo Festival, seelcted for the Ignition Festival of New Plays at Victory Gardens Theater, and invited to the Raven Theater for a special performance sponsored by the Indo-American Heritage Museum. Gandhi has been featured on TVAsia, profiled in Splash Magazine and the Times of India, and is the subject of the new documentary, My Muthaland.
About Heidi Stillman
Heidi Stillman is a writer, director, actor and the Artistic Director at Lookingglass Theatre in Chicago. For Lookingglass she has both directed and written: Cascabel (with Tony Hernandez and Rick Bayless), The North China Lover, The Brothers Karamazov, Hard Times (also produced at The Arden in Philadelphia), and The Master and Margarita among others. Directing credits include: Death Tax by Lucas Hnath, Trust by David Schwimmer and Andy Bellin, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo by Rajiv Joseph. Outside Lookingglass, her adaptation of The Book Thief premiered at Steppenwolf Theatre, and she is in process of adapting (with Caroline Macon) and directing The Year I Didn’t go to School: A Homemade Circus for the Chicago Children’s Theatre.