Colombo Calling - a play from Sri Lanka

Having recently received a PhD from Cambridge, Karthi returns to Colombo for the first time in twenty-two years. He comes to settle family affairs as his mother lays on her death-bed in London. His male cousin, Shahan, is a loud, vocal Sri Lankan with a very strong Tamil identity, and Shahan's sister, Thushanti, is Colombo's most famous and desired party girl. Shahan works for an American NGO set up...
Having recently received a PhD from Cambridge, Karthi returns to Colombo for the first time in twenty-two years. He comes to settle family affairs as his mother lays on her death-bed in London. His male cousin, Shahan, is a loud, vocal Sri Lankan with a very strong Tamil identity, and Shahan's sister, Thushanti, is Colombo's most famous and desired party girl. Shahan works for an American NGO set up post- Tsunami through which met his New Zealander girlfriend, Molly. Karthi's aunt, Varthini, has difficulty accepting Karthi's family's rejection of their homeland, her own children's erratic behavior and the extreme changes happening in Sri Lanka due to never-ending civil war, natural disaster and international humanitarian intervention. Facing discrimination and racism even as a visitor, Karthi learns what it means to be Tamil in 2006 Sri Lanka. Setting: Colombo and Batticaloa, Sri Lanka.
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Colombo Calling - a play from Sri Lanka

Character Information

  • Karthigesu (Karthi) Tissainayagam
    25,
    South Asian
    ,
    Male
    British, Cambridge PhD, Tamil
  • Varthini Balakrishnan
    50s/60s,
    South Asian
    ,
    Female
    mother of Shahan and Thushanti, aunt of Karthi, Sri Lankan, Tamil
  • Shahan Balakrishnan:
    27,
    South Asian
    ,
    Male
    cousin of Karthi, Sri Lankan, Tamil
  • Thushanti Balakrishnan
    23,
    South Asian
    ,
    Female
    sister of Shahan, cousin of Karthi, Sri Lankan, Tamil
  • Molly Brown
    25,
    Caucasian (New Zealand)
    ,
    Female
    New Zealander, girlfriend of Shahan
  • Lasantha
    27,
    South Asian
    ,
    Male
    Shahan’s best friend, lawyer, Sri Lankan, Sinhalese
  • Claudia
    late 20s/early 30s,
    Caucasian (German)
    ,
    Female
    Lasantha’s German girlfriend
  • Doctor Igor
    40s/50s,
    Caucasian (Russian)
    ,
    Male
    Doctor for Medical Relief International in Batticaloa
  • Prateek
    20s/30s/40s,
    South Asian
    ,
    Male
    Doctor Igor’s assistant, Sri Lankan, Sinhalese
  • Random Dancing Guy in Zanziba
    20s,
    South Asian
    ,
    Male
    male, 20s, Sinhalese
  • Armed security guard in Batticaloa
    20s/30s/40s,
    South Asian
    ,
    Male
    Sinhalese
  • Passport control agent at the airport
    20s/30s/40s/50s,
    South Asian
    ,
    Male
    Sinhalese

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Imurj - a collaborative art and music space (featuring Seema Kukreja, Raleigh, NC)
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    Kennedy Center - Page to Stage Festival (Washington DC)
    ,
    2016
  • Reading
    ,
    Teatrul Foarte Mic & Museo Cafe (featuring Maia Morgenstern, Bucharest, Romania)
    ,
    2008