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Written by Lavina Jadhwani
Directed by Minita Gandhi
Presented by Tradewind Arts
In The Sitayana, a young princess Sita follows her new husband Ram to his kingdom in Ayodhya – only to learn that they have been banished. Refusing to abandon her partner, she joins him in exile, but finds her loyalty tested to surprising lengths. A solo piece written from a distinctly South Asian American POV, The Sitayana is part Hindu epic, part coming of age story, and part break-up play.
About Lavina Jadhwani
Lavina Jadhwani is a Chicago based director, adaptor, and activist. As a director, her work has been seen at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Asolo Rep, Remy Bumppo Theatre Company, Silk Road Rising (where she is an artistic associate), Teatro Vista, and Victory Gardens. As an adaptor, her work has been developed by American Theatre Company, Gadfly Productions, the Gift Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Stage Left Theatre. Her adaptation, Vanya (or “That’s Life!”) was premiered by Rasaka Theatre Company (the Midwest’s first South Asian American ensemble) in 2017. Proud graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University, the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, and the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy.