House of India

In memory of her late husband, Ananya runs “House of India”, the last remaining restaurant in a once-flourishing Asian strip mall in Ohio. All around her are pressures to change – from her finances, from her environment, and most annoyingly, from Jacob, a Thai-American entrepreneur determined to convert the restaurant into a nationwide fast-casual Indo-fusion franchise. When the restaurant is vandalized, Ananya...
In memory of her late husband, Ananya runs “House of India”, the last remaining restaurant in a once-flourishing Asian strip mall in Ohio. All around her are pressures to change – from her finances, from her environment, and most annoyingly, from Jacob, a Thai-American entrepreneur determined to convert the restaurant into a nationwide fast-casual Indo-fusion franchise. When the restaurant is vandalized, Ananya must make a choice: give up on her husband's “American dream” and close up shop or compromise to stay afloat? A play about South Indian food, familial expectations, and figuring out what really makes a home a home.
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House of India

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  • Emily Dzioba:
    13 Apr. 2022
    As a reader for #BAPF22, I felt truly excited to meet each scene and see the play resolve. I think there's a great balance of family conflict and tension explored alongside the cultural questions that the play presents. I found it thoughtful and engaging because of how intertwined all of the complications were-- personally, I was most moved by Vaidehi's relationship with her mother, and how that impacted the rest of her family members' wants, needs, and questions. A simply beautiful story of meaningful personal stakes and "home".

Character Information

  • Jacob
    early 20s,
    Thai
    ,
    a man
    Wants to be an entrepreneur.
  • Ananya
    60s,
    Asian (South Asian)
    ,
    a woman
    Runs “House of India”, Vikram and Vaidehi’s mother.
  • Vaidehi
    late 20s,
    Asian (South Asian)
    ,
    a woman
    Wants to be an artist.
  • Vikram
    30s,
    Asian (South Asian)
    ,
    a man
    Wants to be a writer.

Awards

Semi-Finalist
,
Bay Area Playwrights Festival
,
Playwrights Foundation
,
2022
Selection
,
National Playwrights Conference
,
Eugene O'Neill Theater Center
,
2022