Nandita Shenoy

Nandita Shenoy

Nandita Shenoy is a New York-based actor-playwright who enjoys hearing an audience laugh. Her "Rage Play" was named to the 2020 Kilroys List after having its production with Flux Theatre Ensemble cancelled by the pandemic. During the pandemic, she was commissioned to write work for Zoom by Mile Square Theater, Cleveland Play House, Live & In Color, Company One, and the University of Kansas. In...
Nandita Shenoy is a New York-based actor-playwright who enjoys hearing an audience laugh. Her "Rage Play" was named to the 2020 Kilroys List after having its production with Flux Theatre Ensemble cancelled by the pandemic. During the pandemic, she was commissioned to write work for Zoom by Mile Square Theater, Cleveland Play House, Live & In Color, Company One, and the University of Kansas. In Before times, "Satisfaction" received a workshop production at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts as part of its MainStage Live! series. Her play "Washer/Dryer" premiered at East West Players in Los Angeles and was subsequently produced in Chicago by Rasaka Theater and Off-Broadway in New York by Ma-Yi Theater Company. She has another play, "Baby Camp" in development. Her first play, "Lyme Park: An Austonian Romance of an Indian Nature," was produced by theHegira outside Washington, DC. Nandita is the winner of the 2014 Father Hamblin Award in Playwriting for her commissioned one-act, Safe Haven. Other one-acts, Marrying Nandini, By Popular Demand, Rules of Engagement, and A More Perfect Date, have been produced in New York City and regionally. Notable acting credits include World Premiers of Chelsea Marcantel's "Tiny Houses," Adam Szymkowicz's "Marian, or the True Tale of Robin Hood" and "Mercy," Eric Pfeffinger’s "Some Other Kind of Person," and Richard Dresser’s "Trouble Cometh" as well as a season at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. She is a proud member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, the Dorset Theater Festival's Women Artists Writing group, and a member of the Dramatists Guild. Nandita holds a BA in English literature from Yale University.

Plays

  • Washer/Dryer
    Sonya and Michael's recent elopement in Vegas seems like a dream come true until they try living together in Sonya's Manhattan studio apartment. As they discover that they haven't been entirely honest with each other or themselves, secrets come home to roost along with an intrusive mother, the co-op's strict Board president, a harsh best friend, and a fabulous washer-dryer.
  • Rage Play
    Kilroys List 2020. Three women stand over the man they’ve killed, struggling to understand how it happened and why he keeps coming back to life. Again and again and again. In response to the #MeToo movement, this black comedy examines the costs women pay in fighting against sexism and patriarchy as well as the ways they may be complicit in an oppressive system. Through their purgatory, the women aim for...
    Kilroys List 2020. Three women stand over the man they’ve killed, struggling to understand how it happened and why he keeps coming back to life. Again and again and again. In response to the #MeToo movement, this black comedy examines the costs women pay in fighting against sexism and patriarchy as well as the ways they may be complicit in an oppressive system. Through their purgatory, the women aim for liberation…and maybe even a little sweet revenge.

    This play was to have premiered on March 30th, 2020 but was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The Future Is Female...
    When Toni, Maria, and Aditi arrive at the Future is Freedom Retreat, they don’t know quite what to expect, but their fearless guide Lois is eager to share her plan to take back the power from conservative forces in government. Set in the not-too-distant future, “Baby Camp” asks whether adopting the playbook of the opposition is really the path to freedom and whether power is worth any cost.
  • Reunion
    At their 25th reunion of a private high school in upstate New York, 5 classmates and one significant other find themselves confronting the most painful episodes from their teenage years. As their pasts catch up with them, they each must find a way to forge new futures. A play that suggests perhaps you can’t go home again.
  • Satisfaction
    4 diverse New York women in different phases of their lives navigate balancing their busy careers with their desire for fulfillment, sexual and otherwise. As they pursue their dreams, they are forced to ask themselves and each other whether it is possible to be truly satisfied.
  • Esspy
    “Esspy” traces 8 years of a Chinese American medical student's journey towards compassion for his patients through his repeated interactions with his Filipina professor and a young South Asian actress who works as a standardized patient or "esspy" throughout his training. Through his medical encounters with her, he learns the part of medicine that can’t be taught by books – how to care for his patients.
  • Lyme Park
    Inspired by Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, “Lyme Park” follows the adventures of Kavita and her friend Violet on a tour of the English countryside as Kavita tries to find her own Mr. Darcy. But where fantasy ends and reality begins is where Kavita finds herself grappling with questions of identity and whether life ever can be like an Austen novel.
  • Standing O
    A One Minute play about the moment after the curtain goes down at the latest "woke" play.
  • Hindi
    A ten minute play. A cab ride from the airport allows an immigrant and the child of an immigrant to connect to their families in a new way.
  • Everything Indian
    One Act play. When Shree wins the first Diversity for Broadway Fellowship, she can hardly imagine how her world will be turned upside down. A play that looks at what happens when the powers that be don't understand the true meaning of diversity.
  • What Was Left in the Junk Drawer
    A short play for Zoom. A zoom call between friends during the pandemic reveals the bonds that hold them together.
  • Analyze Zoom
    A short play for Zoom. The pandemic has created some challenges for Priyanka - she has lost her job and moved in with her parents for a stretch - and without health insurance, she can't see her therapist regularly. But she schedules an emergency session when she loses her coping strategy - Andrew Cuomo's press conferences.
  • To the Stars With Love
    A short play for Zoom - Commissioned by Live & In Color for their "Days of Re-Creation" series. "To the Stars With Love" shares a video call between two old friends on distant planets trying rekindle the past while forging a new future.