Dipika Guha was born and raised in India, Russia and the United Kingdom. She is the inaugural recipient of the Shakespeare’s Sister Playwriting Award and is a Hodder Fellow at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University in 2017-2018. Her plays include Yoga Play (South Coast Repertory Theatre, Crossroads Commission), The Art of Gaman (Berkeley Rep Ground Floor, Leah Ryan Award Finalist, Relentless Award Semi-Finalist), I Enter the Valley (Theatreworks New Play Festival, Southern Rep New Play Festival), Mechanics of Love (Crowded Fire Theatre, Two by For, NYC) and Blown Youth (published by Playscripts). Most recently her work has been developed at Playwrights Horizons, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, Roundabout Underground, McCarter Theatre’s Sallie B. Goodman Residency, New Georges, Shotgun Players, the Sam French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival, the Lark, 24 Hour Plays on Broadway and the Magic Theatre amongst others. Her current projects include commissions from MTC/Sloan, OSF, Barrington Stage Company, the McCarter Theatre’s Princeton and Slavery Project and a co-commission from ACT and Z Space. Dipika has been the recipient of several residencies and fellowships including the Djerassi Residency Program, Hedgebrook, the Hermitage Retreat, Ucross, SPACE at Ryder Farm and a Dramatists Guild Fellowship. She is a proud alumnus of Ars Nova Playgroup, Soho Rep’s Writer/Director Lab, the Women’s Project Time Warner Lab, Dramatists Guild Fellows Program and the Ma Yi Writers Lab. Dipika received her BA from University College London and an MFA in Playwriting from the Yale School of Drama under Paula Vogel. www.dipikaguha.com
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Ana has a loving relationship with her childhood friends Julia and Mehr. That is, until a brooding stranger named Valmont with a mysterious resemblance to Colin Firth and a strange addiction problem comes to town. Now Ana must examine the unwritten rules of their friendship and the near invisible laws that govern how the women see themselves. THE RULES is a late coming of age story.
I Enter the Valley
Beloved national poet Augusto Reál has not written a scrap for seven years. What’s more, he’s been incredibly happy. Or has he? In the twilight of his life, his once quiet house is flooded with the voices of women who descend upon the valley. They shatter his peace and in the noise something unspoken begins to stir in them all. I ENTER the VALLEY is about creativity, female friendship and the transition out of a patriarchy. It was inspired by the life of Pablo Neruda.
Simon leaves America for the first time to fly to the Old Country to marry the woman he’s been betrothed to from birth. On arrival he finds that she is ancient. She insists that she IS his betrothed, his only love and that she aged overnight due to the stress of his anticipated arrival. Horrified by her age and her abundant sexual interest in him, he kills her. THE BETROTHED is a comic exploration of gender, sexuality and national identity.
On an imagined island, inside a theatre, inside an art gallery a play is being made. An ill-matched British couple Clara and Sidney live isolated from the indigenous population. That is, until a bloody and brutalised child appears suddenly on their property and in their lives. PASSING is a poetic and impressionistic confrontation with the history of colonization, the politics of artistic curation and national reconciliation. It’s a chronicle of a history that resists erasure.
** Herculine and Lola
While vacationing in Amsterdam, American teenager Lola begins to hallucinate. A century earlier, frustrated and misunderstood, schoolteacher Herculine Barbin retreats into a solitary white room. HERCULINE and LOLA is a story about two people united by the power of their imagination and by love. It is inspired by the Diary of the first ‘true hermaphrodite’ Herculine Barbin.
An Indian celebrity professor and esteemed poet has a double life. And now so does his wife. And her lover. And his girlfriend. LIFTED is a funny and wry investigation of love, authenticity, authorship and what happens when you finally find your voice.
All Celia wants is to play a great role. But unlike Hamlet, there isn’t one for her to inherit. Despite her sophisticated education and a profound intellectual commitment to helping other women somehow Celia, like her counterpart, cannot act. Still, it seems that her consciousness doesn’t only lie inside her. It seeds and sprouts amidst her twenty first century kinships: her friends.
Inspired by Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Blown Youth asks what happens to the universe if a woman is at its center.
** In development
A Brief History of America – (2W, 1M, one act, Tobacco Factory Scriptspace Winner, UK)
A BRIEF HISTORY of AMERICA follows Sarah through her life in an unnamed town in rural America. It looks at how national history intersects with our small individual histories. A BRIEF HISTORY of AMERICA is a play about immigration, love, loss and the true meaning of home.
An American Dream – (1W, 2M, ten minute play, Old Vic New Voices, TS Elliot Award)
Seb meets the ‘hyacinth girl’, a young mysterious woman in Venice Beach and unbeknownst to her, follows her to London. In London he is persuaded by landlord Fes to do a Dustin Hoffman and dress up like a woman to win her love. AN AMERICAN DREAM is a verse comedy inspired by T.S Eliot’s ‘The Wasteland’.
In the Red, White and Blue – (2W, ten minute play, Heideman Award Finalist)
Charlotte and Sophie Trowbridge have not seen each other in two years. Mother and daughter meet on a cold winter’s night in a glass enclosed restaurant where they fight for the survival for their relationship. IN THE RED, WHITE and BLUE is a ten minute tragi-comedy.