Riti Sachdeva

Riti Sachdeva

Riti Sachdeva is a theatre maker, dancer, and cultural worker. She has been creating art in some shape, form, or rhythm for twenty five years, incorporating text, installation, and dance into her work. Born in India, she is deeply influenced by the vast land, history, mythology and people of her origins. Raised in the U.S., her work is marked by the social and political climate of the Americas. Riti grew up in...
Riti Sachdeva is a theatre maker, dancer, and cultural worker. She has been creating art in some shape, form, or rhythm for twenty five years, incorporating text, installation, and dance into her work. Born in India, she is deeply influenced by the vast land, history, mythology and people of her origins. Raised in the U.S., her work is marked by the social and political climate of the Americas. Riti grew up in the Boston area where she participated in various projects and exhibitions as an installation artist and was a founder of South Asian Women for Action (SAWA.) Riti relocated to New Mexico for fifteen years where she received her MFA with honors in Dramatic Writing from the University of New Mexico. She now resides in NYC where she is an alumnae of both the Emerging Writers Group at The Public Theater and the Women’s Project Theatre Lab. Her plays have been developed by the The Public Theater, PlayWrights Center, Manhattan Theatre Works, The Civilians, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, University of Hawaii at Manoa/Center for South Asian Studies, WP Lab, and the National New Play Network. Her play Parts of Parts & Stitches received the Quest for Peace award from the Kennedy Center. Riti’s acting credits include work with DisneyChannel, HBO, lots of cool indie films, Manhattan Theatre Works, Hybrid Theatre, Estrogenius Festival, OmniRootz (Belize), as well as, her devised work with Kalapani Productions which toured festivals in Los Angeles and Toronto and her original work with midNites cHiLd Productions which has been produced in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and NYC. Her solo show, Scene/Unseen won the Outstanding One Act award at Planet Connections. She continues to act with various companies for stage and screen, write her original plays and study her beloved flamenco. She is also committed to community-based theatre projects that value the lives and struggles of every day people.

Plays

  • LOVE IN A TIME OF MANIC DEPRESSION
    Using the text from actual interviews of people of color with mental illness and people in their support systems, this experimental piece weaves together the voices in a sometimes eerie, sometimes humorous symphonic narrative.
  • LA FEA: A FlamenChoreoMyth
    La Fea follows a young woman who tackles hardships, unearths secrets and discovers an ancient legacy of flamenco.
  • OTHER FARMERS' FIELDS
    In an elaborate scheme to avenge the suicide of her husband and thousands of other farmers, Asha manipulates her way into the home of Darren Warren, CEO of Turong, a multinational, bio-engineering corporation, that tests, manufactures, and distributes genetically modified seeds. As the maid in the home, Asha takes on the responsibility of caring for Darren's wife, Hope, pregnant with their first child....
    In an elaborate scheme to avenge the suicide of her husband and thousands of other farmers, Asha manipulates her way into the home of Darren Warren, CEO of Turong, a multinational, bio-engineering corporation, that tests, manufactures, and distributes genetically modified seeds. As the maid in the home, Asha takes on the responsibility of caring for Darren's wife, Hope, pregnant with their first child. Asha gets along famously with Magda, the Chicana gardener, at the Warren home, who immediately recognizes Asha's capabilities with the natural world. As the pregnancy progresses, Asha cultivates her power over Hope and Darren's life with the guidance of her companion, Chicoo, a flute-playing monkey. When Darren's politician associate, Panday, lands up in the Warren home, Asha's past threatens her uncanny plan to genetically modify the fetus in Hope's womb.
  • PARTS OF PARTS & STITCHES
    A joyous, colorful occasion, a wedding day in the Punjab region, 1947, the patchwork of two families eager with anticipation for their pending unification. In PARTS OF PARTS & STITCHES, Yamuna and Jiwan prepare for their lives and future together in a small village of what is soon to become Pakistan. Soon after the couple celebrates their matrimony, the reality of the political and religious upheaval forced...
    A joyous, colorful occasion, a wedding day in the Punjab region, 1947, the patchwork of two families eager with anticipation for their pending unification. In PARTS OF PARTS & STITCHES, Yamuna and Jiwan prepare for their lives and future together in a small village of what is soon to become Pakistan. Soon after the couple celebrates their matrimony, the reality of the political and religious upheaval forced on the country by Britain’s abandonment, becomes apparent. The violence of man against man, erupts in a horrific massacre. With perseverance and a will to survive, Yamuna desperately attempts to stitch back the pieces of her life.
  • THE RUG DEALER
    When Raba Zacharai suddenly passes away, his daughter Shiraz inherits the Persian rug shop he built in New Haven on leaving Iran in 1979. As an unexpected love affair develops with a dangerously beautiful customer and her mother's secret longing to return to Iran after decades of exile grows more urgent, Shiraz must negotiate the costly business of carpets, family, duty, and love.