Gruesome Playground Injuries

by Rajiv Joseph
Produced by Rasaka Theatre Company
Opened July 2012 at the Chopin Theatre

An accident prone dare devil and a corrosive masochist navigate friendship, love and the squishy parts that lie in between. 8 year olds Doug and Kayleen meet in a school nurse’s office, beginning a lifelong intimacy which is revealed through the physical and emotional injuries they sustain over 30 years. A Chicago premiere.

Chicago Sun-Times: “Lavina Jadhwani, Rasaka’s artistic director, has staged the play with an elegant minimalism that keeps Joseph’s tricky tragicomedy at once painfully real and weirdly twisted.”

Chicago Reader: “Lavina Jadhwani’s Rasaka Theatre Company staging pushes past the angst inherent in the material and grounds itself in something more genuine: the mixed blessing of love between people who have endless empathy for others but none for themselves.”

Newcity Stage: “Rasaka Artistic Director Lavina Jadhwani knows the inherent strengths of her space, most notably the absolute necessity for honest, present conversation.”

Featuring Mouzam Makkar and Tim Martin.

Photos by Tyler Core.