Mrinalini Kamath

Mrinalini Kamath

A graduate of the Writing Seminars program at Johns Hopkins University and the MFA program in playwriting at the New School for Drama, Mrinalini Kamath recently received a grant from the Queens Council on the Arts to develop her play Term Limits. She was twice a Ma-Yi Writers Lab/University of Washington Mellon Creative Initiative Fellow at the School of Drama in Seattle, where she developed her play Let There...
A graduate of the Writing Seminars program at Johns Hopkins University and the MFA program in playwriting at the New School for Drama, Mrinalini Kamath recently received a grant from the Queens Council on the Arts to develop her play Term Limits. She was twice a Ma-Yi Writers Lab/University of Washington Mellon Creative Initiative Fellow at the School of Drama in Seattle, where she developed her play Let There Be Love, most recently produced in 2020 by Centerstage Theatre in Federal Way, WA. Mrinalini was also featured at Stage Left Theatre in Chicago as the Downstage Left resident playwright and a LeapFEST workshop participant with The New Deal, her play about a partnership formed by prison corporations and big pharma, which received an honorable mention on the 2016 Kilroys List. She was twice a semi-finalist for the O’Neill Theater Conference with her plays BOOM and The Nava Jeevan, which was also a semi-finalist for The Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship. Her play Celestial Motions, about Indian astrology and modern arranged marriage, was the inaugural winner of East/West Players “Got Laughs?” comedy play competition and was translated into Marathi and performed in India. Her short plays and monologues have been published in several Smith and Kraus anthologies as well as playscripts.com. She is a member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, the Queens-based Mission to (Dit)mars Propulsion Lab, The PlayGround Experiment, and an alumna of Youngblood, Ensemble Studio Theatre‘s emerging playwrights lab.

Plays

  • Term Limits
    Under the shadow of an administration slowly unraveling LGBTQ rights, Manika, an Indian-American palliative care pediatrician and former Spelling Bee contestant, is having a baby with her partner Jeanette via an unconventional sperm donor. Coming home from a baby shower, the women are surprised by Manika's old friend Adam, recently released from his musical theater cruise gig (for undisclosed reasons)...
    Under the shadow of an administration slowly unraveling LGBTQ rights, Manika, an Indian-American palliative care pediatrician and former Spelling Bee contestant, is having a baby with her partner Jeanette via an unconventional sperm donor. Coming home from a baby shower, the women are surprised by Manika's old friend Adam, recently released from his musical theater cruise gig (for undisclosed reasons) dumped by his boyfriend, and in need of a place to stay. Reluctantly, Jeanette agrees. Ties of friendship are strained as Manika starts to think more in terms of the world into which she is bringing her potential child.
  • Let There Be Love
    A mash-up of D.H. Lawrence's Sons and Lovers, the Greek myth Eros and Psyche, and online dating and modern matchmaking. DeeDee, a supposed widow who never remarried and has a hatred of online dating sites and algorithms, runs a high-end matchmaking business with her son, Eric. Eric has relations, not relationships, until he meets Sylvia. Sylvia, orphaned as a teenager and now an art gallery owner and...
    A mash-up of D.H. Lawrence's Sons and Lovers, the Greek myth Eros and Psyche, and online dating and modern matchmaking. DeeDee, a supposed widow who never remarried and has a hatred of online dating sites and algorithms, runs a high-end matchmaking business with her son, Eric. Eric has relations, not relationships, until he meets Sylvia. Sylvia, orphaned as a teenager and now an art gallery owner and longing for the type of relationship her late parents had, sees a Youtube video with DeeDee and applies to the agency. Eric, always unsure of whether or not he has the same gift that DeeDee has for matching people, decides to hire Rajesh, an evolutionary psychologist and self-described algorithm mechanic, to help him come up with an "artificial gut" to confirm his decisions. Rajesh finds both Eric and DeeDee (especially DeeDee) just fascinating. A play about alternately craving and fearing intimacy and connection.
  • STUFF: A Radio Play
    Inspired by the NY Times article "The Lonely Death of George Bell," STUFF tells the story of lives that intersect when a man dies alone in his cluttered apartment. A play about living alone in modern times.
  • The New Deal
    Inmate 2 didn’t mean to kill anyone. He’s just a white collar thief, after all, but he panicked, and he’s not a murderer. He’s a survivor, which is why he chooses what the government is calling The New Deal. The New Deal explores a time in the not-too-distant future where prison corporations and pharmaceutical companies form a dangerous collaboration.

  • The Nava Jeevan
    Life suddenly starts to shift at the Nava Jeevan, an Indian beauty salon in suburban NJ, with the arrival of a new hair dresser.
  • Frames
    Ana, formerly a Wall Street executive assistant, has been on unemployment for a little too long, so she goes in search of work to the framing section of a chain craft store. Through attitude and socio-economic reality, Ana starts to bond with John, the embittered, strait-laced assistant manager, and Gary, the resident stoner, but not everyone is what they appear to be in the Frame Shop.
  • Celestial Motions
    When Leela's Indian immigrant parents have her astrological birth chart re-drawn, the news sends them on a quest to find her a husband. Little do they know that the one who has her heart is closer than they think.
  • Ghost of a Character
    The writer wants to sit and write about his favorite subject of the moment, but continues to be haunted by his most popular character, whom the public loves, but he dislikes.
  • The Mummy
    A young couple returns to their apartment from visiting their in-laws with a binder full of recipes plus an eerie surprise. Copy and paste this link to listen: http://mkwriter.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/NR-ep502.mp3
  • A Smooth Transition
    Susan, a petite woman of Asian origin, is a little worried at first, when she's called into her boss' office. When she finds that she is being promoted, she's delighted...until she sees what needs to be done in order to accept her promotion.
  • The Male of the Species
    Henry is once again working in his research lab on Valentine's Day, which greatly disturbs his research subject, the ape Bobo.
  • A Rush of Wings
    Emilie and Ishmael appear to be having the same dreams. There are some things that a couple just shouldn't share…
    PLEASE NOTE: This play should be performed by two actors of different race/ethnicity, whatever that may be.
  • Bemused
    When Paul, a restless writer who can't seem to settle on a genre, gets fresh inspiration, he decides to follow it to New York, where he becomes a bartender as he writes the story. But leaving older works behind isn't quite as easy as he thought.