Member of Ma-Yi Writers Lab Since 2007
Nandita Shenoy is a writer-actor hailing from Buffalo, NY and living in New York City. Her comedy Washer/Dryer recently received its world premier at East West Players in Los Angeles and will be produced again by Rasaka Theater in Chicago this fall. Another full-length play, Lyme Park: An Austonian Romance of an Indian Nature, received a workshop production at The Round House Theater in Silver Spring, MD, produced by theHegira. Nandita is the winner of the 2014 Father Hamblin Award in Playwriting from the Abingdon Theater Company 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 as well as regionally. Acting credits include World premiers of Eric Pfeffinger’s “Some Other Kind of Person” and Richard Dresser’s “Trouble Cometh” as well as a season as a repertory company member at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. She is a member of the Ma- Yi Writers Lab and an Associate of the Dramatists Guild. Nandita holds a Bachelors Degree in English literature with a distinction in the major from Yale University.
One-Act Comedy, 1M 1W
When two Indian parents decide to take matters into their own hands by filling out their daughter’s Match.com profile, they find out more about love and marriage than they could have anticipated.
Production/Development History: Reading through Salaam Theater at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, New York, NY (July 2007); Production through Green Light Productions at the Shapiro Theater, New York, NY (August 2007); Production through A-Squared Theatre Workshop at the Den Theatre, Chicago, IL (June 2012).
RULES OF ENGAGEMENT
One-Act Comedy, 1M 1W
Nora has rules for dating. Can Eugene persuade her to break any of them?
Production/Development History: Reading through Ma-Yi Theatre at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, New York, NY (December 2008); Reading through New Ground Collective at the Bleecker Street Theater, New York, NY (September 2009); Production through New Ground Collective at the Gene Frankel Theatre, New York, NY (June 2010); Reading through Leviathan Lab at the Arclight Theater, New York, NY (November 2011); Reading through Asian And… at the Cherry Lane Theater, New York, NY (May 2012).
Full-length Romantic Comedy, 2M 3W
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 the meaning of true love.
Production/Development History: Reading through Ma-Yi Theatre at the Abingdon Theater, New York, NY (May 2008); Workshop through Rising Circle Theater Collective (July 2009); Round table at the Lark Play Development Center (February 2010); Reading through 2G at DANY Studios, New York, NY (June 2010); Reading through “Page to Stage” at the Kennedy Center, Washington, DC (September 2010); Production through the Hegira at the Round House Theater, Silver Spring, MD (January 2011).
Full-length Drama, 1M 2W
A med student and an actor encounter each other during the course of a medical training program and find they have a lot to learn from each other. But can compassion be taught?
Production/Development History: Reading through Ma-Yi Theatre at ART/NY, New York, NY (April 2012)