Swami Shiva

A ten-minute play responding to Aaron Posner's "Life Sucks (Or the Present Ridiculous)" at Theatre J in Washington DC. Selected to be performed in their "LoveSucks" series on February 14, 2015. Ella from "Life Sucks" goes to Shiva, her swami and yoga teacher, for a meditation and yoga session. Sexually repressed at home, she declares her love for Shiva only to discover that...
A ten-minute play responding to Aaron Posner's "Life Sucks (Or the Present Ridiculous)" at Theatre J in Washington DC. Selected to be performed in their "LoveSucks" series on February 14, 2015. Ella from "Life Sucks" goes to Shiva, her swami and yoga teacher, for a meditation and yoga session. Sexually repressed at home, she declares her love for Shiva only to discover that Shiva has a committed partner, Dimitri. Setting: Shiva’s personal studio/temple for Eastern thought and practice; a lit candle and one lit incense stick, a small statue of the “OM” sign if possible, flower petals spread around these items as offerings.
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Swami Shiva

Character Information

  • Shiva
    20s/30s,
    Caucasian (Russian)
    ,
    Male
    adopted the Hindu name as part of his path to Enlightenment, wears flowing all white tunic and draw-string pants
  • Ella
    20s,
    Caucasian (Russian)
    ,
    Female
    Russian female student, Ella from “Life Sucks” by Aaron Posner, also wearing all white but skin-tight (e.g. leggings and one of those bra/tanktop-in-one-tops), hair back in a tight bun, her bright yellow yoga mat is under one arm, large and loud car-keys in hand and an overflowing bag with everything and nothing – don’t need to think too hard about what is in it, but definitely most of the contents are completely unnecessary