A SMALL HISTORY OF AMAL, AGE 7

Based on Rabindranath Tagore's The Post Office, an immersive, whimsical experience told simultaneously through the eyes of a Mumbai train conductor and a child in a public hospital. On a historic day in 2006, Amal, an imaginative boy confined to a hospital bed, lives a smaller history of jungle adventures, high-speed train chases, and Bollywood love scenes. But when the city's commuter trains are...
Based on Rabindranath Tagore's The Post Office, an immersive, whimsical experience told simultaneously through the eyes of a Mumbai train conductor and a child in a public hospital. On a historic day in 2006, Amal, an imaginative boy confined to a hospital bed, lives a smaller history of jungle adventures, high-speed train chases, and Bollywood love scenes. But when the city's commuter 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.

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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.

Character Information

  • AMAL
    7,
    Indian
    ,
    Male
    A young patient with the heart of an explorer.
  • UNCLE
    25+,
    Indian
    ,
    Male
    Amal's guardian. A train conductor who thrives on routine.
  • SUDA
    7,
    Indian or Middle Eastern
    ,
    Female
    Confident and street smart. Amal's first crush.
  • RISHI
    20+,
    Indian
    ,
    Male
    Amal's friend. A food service worker with dreams of Bollywood.
  • NURSE
    25+,
    Any
    ,
    Female / Female Identifying
    Amal's ally. Doubles as Amal's Mother.
  • DOCTOR
    30+,
    BIPOC
    ,
    Any (but probably Male)
    Amal's friend. A food service worker with dreams of Bollywood.

Development History

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

Production History

  • Professional
    ,
    Forward Flux & Pratidhwani, Seattle
    ,
    2018

Awards

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