Yoni Ki Baat
by various authors (curated by Lavina Jadhwani)
Produced by Rasaka Theatre Company in association with Premiere Theatre and Performance
Opened January 2009 at Strawdog Theatre
Re-envisioned (with new next) in January 2010
A monologue cycle for South Asian women, loosely inspired by Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues.
Chicago Reader: “Director Lavina Jadhwani’s Rasaka Theatre production creates warm, engaging snapshots of desi women and their desires.”
Windy City Times: “Also admirable is director Lavina Jadhwani and her four performers’ rejection of gratuitous emotionality—no spare hankies will be needed tonight—to instead allow their authors’ insightful words to convey the truth of a world virtually unknown to even the most enlightened U.S. audiences.”
Chicago Stage Review: “Director/Curator Lavina Jadhwani assembles a remarkably gifted cast to deliver the cleverly collected anecdotes… it is revolutionary to hear the voices of these uncompromising writers delivered by this unapologetic and outstanding ensemble.”
Featuring Anita Chandwaney, Minita Gandhi, Mouzam Makkar and Fawzia Mirza.
Photos by Anna C. Bahow.