A SMALL HISTORY OF AMAL, AGE 7

On the fateful day of the 2006 Mumbai train bombings, Amal, a seven-year-old boy in a public hospital, lives a smaller history. He meets a food service worker with dreams of Bollywood. He falls in love for the first time. He sends messages through squirrels and summons the monsoons so he can swim out the window to explore the city beyond. But when the trains are attacked and the hospital struggles beyond...
On the fateful day of the 2006 Mumbai train bombings, Amal, a seven-year-old boy in a public hospital, lives a smaller history. He meets a food service worker with dreams of Bollywood. He falls in love for the first time. He sends messages through squirrels and summons the monsoons so he can swim out the window to explore the city beyond. But when the trains are attacked and the hospital struggles beyond capacity to treat the survivors, Amal gets lost in the shuffle. Now, it’ll take an explorer’s heart and a little Bollywood magic to defeat the god of death.

An immersive experience told simultaneously through the eyes of a train conductor and a small boy, this whimsical play weaves together heartache and triumph as it invites us to examine our connection to family, our city, and the world.
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A SMALL HISTORY OF AMAL, AGE 7

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  • Cheryl Bear:
    27 Aug. 2019
    A powerful and transformative immersive experience of war as experienced by a child. Creative and very well done, excellent work!
  • Gina Femia:
    19 May. 2017
    An imaginative, inventive play about the horrors or war, told through the eyes of a child. I hope this play receives a production soon.
  • Eugene O'Neill Theater Center:
    12 May. 2017
    It is the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's pleasure to recommend Lindsay Joelle and their play A Small History of Amal by Amal Age 7 as a finalist for our 2014 National Playwrights Conference. The play rose through a competitive, anonymous, multileveled selection process that took nearly nine months to execute. As one finalist out of hundreds of submissions, the strength of this play’s writing has allowed this work to prosper in such a competitive selection process.

Development History

  • Reading
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    Forward Flux
    ,
    2017
  • Reading
    ,
    ESPA/Primary Stages (dir. Lisa Peterson)
    ,
    2014
  • Workshop
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    The New School for Drama
    ,
    2013

Production History

  • Professional
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    Forward Flux & Pratidhwani, Seattle
    ,
    2018

Awards

Finalist
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Finalist w honorable mention
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Bay Area Playwrights Festival
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2017
Finalist
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National Playwrights Conference
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Eugene O'Neill Center
,
2014