Dipika Guha was born in Calcutta and raised in tea drinking countries all over the world. Her plays include Yoga Play, I Enter the Valley, Mechanics of Love, The Rules, and Blown Youth. Her play Passing was inaugural winner of the Shakespeare’s Sister Playwriting Award supported by the Lark Play Development Center, Hedgebrook and A Room of Her Own and The Art of Gaman featured at the top of the KILROYS LIST 2016. Her work has been produced/developed at San Francisco Playhouse, Crowded Fire Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Joust Theatre, Theatreworks, Soho Rep’s W/D lab, Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor, Women’s Project Lab, Roundabout Theatre, Ars Nova Playgroup, New Georges, the Dramatists Guild, the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, & the Playwrights Foundation among others. She is currently under commission from Oregon Shakespeare Festival, South Coast Repertory Theatre, McCarter Theatre’s Princeton and Slavery Project, ACT and Playwrights Horizons Theatre School. Dipika graduated with an MFA in Playwriting from the Yale School of Drama where she studied under Paula Vogel. Despite a long run in the United States she still drinks tea. www.dipikaguha.com
Agent: Mark Orsini and Bruce Ostler, Bret Adams Ltd.
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.