Muthaland

The brave adventures of a young woman whose life is forever changed on a trip to India where she unearths family secrets, encounters a prophet, and ultimately discovers her voice within a culture of silence. The familiar and the foreign swap roles in this dark comedy about culture, identity, spirituality, and sexuality. This play is inspired by true stories.
In 2014, while foraging through her parents’...
The brave adventures of a young woman whose life is forever changed on a trip to India where she unearths family secrets, encounters a prophet, and ultimately discovers her voice within a culture of silence. The familiar and the foreign swap roles in this dark comedy about culture, identity, spirituality, and sexuality. This play is inspired by true stories.
In 2014, while foraging through her parents’ basement, she discovered her father’s worn suitcase from his very first journey to the United States, with a single statement scribbled in black Sharpie on the back of the bag: “When I die, discard this bag if you like, until then it stays.” This sparked a curiosity about her parents’ life journey and led to vulnerable interviews where they shared stories from their history they had never spoken of before. The telling of these stories began to bridge the cultural and generational distance between her and her family. Gandhi then realized by weaving their stories with her own life-changing journey to India in 2009 for her brother's arranged marriage, she had a powerful story she had to share with the world. Muthaland shares the magic of her journey to India, full of prophets, ritual, and the convergence of American and Indian cultures.

After the first table read in 2015 a documentary entitled “India’s Daughter,” from BBC about the fatal gang rape of a young woman in New Delhi was banned because the Indian government felt it would “defame” India. Minita realized she could no longer treat the topic of sexual violence as a “bad dream.” She felt empowered to share her own experience with the world. It is Minita’s hope that Muthaland will bring love, laughter, hope to the community and bridge cultural and generational gaps regarding the culture of silence surrounding sexual assault and cultural identity.
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Muthaland

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  • Kaelan Strouse:
    8 Aug. 2017
    I'm absolutely a huge fan of this play! Fierce, boldly self-aware, often funny, and sometimes poignantly sad. The piece keeps the audience engaged and wanting more from beginning straight through to the beautiful end.

Development History

Production History

  • University
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    UC Santa Cruz
    ,
    2017
  • University
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    Augustana College
    ,
    2017
  • University
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    Idaho State University
    ,
    2017
  • University
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    University of Iowa
    ,
    2017
  • University
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    Ithaca College
    ,
    2017
  • Professional
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    Oregon Shakespeare Festival
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    2016