Aditi Kapil

Aditi Kapil

ADITI BRENNAN KAPIL is a writer, actress, and director, of Bulgarian and Indian descent. She was raised in Sweden, and resides in Minneapolis, MN. She performs extensively around the country, and her writing has been produced nationally to critical acclaim. Her play “Love Person” received the 2009 Stavis Playwriting Award, and her play, “Agnes Under the Big Top, a tall tale”, was selected as a Distinguished...
ADITI BRENNAN KAPIL is a writer, actress, and director, of Bulgarian and Indian descent. She was raised in Sweden, and resides in Minneapolis, MN. She performs extensively around the country, and her writing has been produced nationally to critical acclaim. Her play “Love Person” received the 2009 Stavis Playwriting Award, and her play, “Agnes Under the Big Top, a tall tale”, was selected as a Distinguished New Play Development project by the NEA as administered by Arena Stage. Her most recent work is the Displaced Hindu Gods Trilogy, consisting of the plays “Brahman/i, a one-hijra stand-up comedy show”, “The Chronicles of Kalki”, and “Shiv”. Aditi is currently working on commissions with Yale Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, South Coast Repertory Theatre, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She is the Mellon Playwright-in-Residence at Mixed Blood Theatre, an artistic associate at Park Square Theatre, a Core Writer at The Playwrights’ Center, and a Resident Writer at New Dramatists.

Plays

  • Imogen Says Nothing
    A revisionist comedy in verse and prose featuring Imogen, a character who only appears in the first folio of William Shakespeare's 'Much Ado About Nothing', speaks no lines, and is probably a typo. A play about the voices absent from our canon and the consequences of cutting them.
  • Orange
    An adventure through Orange County told from the perspective of a girl on the autism spectrum. A play with illustrations.
  • Shiv
    Exploring the psychological residue of post-colonialism, "Shiv" is a fantastical journey to liberation from one's past, from one's present, and of the destruction that makes rebirth possible.
  • The Chronicles of Kalki
    This comic-book infused girl-gang thriller chronicles the adventures of Kalki, a young girl who may or may not be the final avatar of Vishnu, come to rid the world of demons and evil.
  • Brahman/i, a one-hijra stand-up comedy show
    This hilarious stand-up comedy routine/play takes on history, mythology, gender roles, and high school through the inimitable comic lens of Brahman/i, a boy/girl tethered by neither gender nor culture, and wildly curious and inventive in his/her examination of both.
  • Agnes Under the Big Top, a tall tale
    Explores the intersecting lives of immigrants in a US city. It is a magical tale of hope and disappointment, identity and reinvention, narrated by an itinerant subway busker. Against the subterranean rhythms of a subway train, an itinerant subway busker, a Liberian home care worker, a former Bulgarian ringmaster and his wife, and an Indian call center escapee find and redefine themselves in today’s America.
  • Love Person
    A four part love story in Sanskrit, ASL and English in which love transcends sexual orientation, physical attraction, and social structure, and rests instead on the ways in which we communicate and how communication bonds or breaks us. The play is structured around 4 Sanskrit love poems that influence and reflect the journeys of the characters.