Written and performed by Anu Yadav
Directed by Patrick Crowley
Music by Anjna Swaminathan, Rajna Swaminathan, and Sam McCormally
January 8-18, 2014
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About the Play
During the day, nine-year-old Meena wishes that her mother could get well; and by night, the Hindu God Lord Krishna appears, entreating Meena's help in his war against the Worry Machine. Meena's Dream creates a fantastical world through storytelling and live music, from South Indian classical to indie folk.
"Meena's Dream is, in a lot of ways, exactly the type of show Forum has been evolving to produce. We've been scratching and searching for the the type of plays and artists that best achieve our mission and these past few seasons have been a real revelation.
Forum's highest priority to is to create and present theatre that has real relevance and connections to our audience's lives. In many ways, Meena is just that type of play. It's a beautifully theatrical work that melds the fantastical to a true emotional core. It takes the viewer on a wild trip that feels a millions miles away and lives in your guts at the same time.
I've known and admired Anu and her work for many years and it has been an absolute honor and privilege that we get to produce her show. I have the utmost respect and awe with her voice and her talent." Michael Dove, Artistic Director of Forum Theatre
"I think Anu has found a sweet spot with this play in that it has an earnest political message, but it is mitigated by the messenger, a young Indian American girl, Meena. The incredible original music created for the show, the imaginative whimsy, and Anu's knack for funny, revealing and nuanced character portrayals are the spoonful of sugar that makes the medicine go down. Meena argues that there is enough in the world so that we can all have what we need, and that fundamentally our problems flow from a lack of imagination. Meena refuses to be victimized by injustice and dares to dream of something better. While many of our most beloved protagonists today are dark anti-heroes, Meena stands center stage as a young, wholesome heroine we can all root for." Patrick Crowley, Director of Meena's Dream.
Forum Theatre produces adventurous, relevant, and challenging plays from a diversity of voices that inspire discussion and build community -- and that are accessible, affordable, and entertaining.
Since Forum Theatre’s inception, we have aimed to be both the home for stories that provoke discussion and the place to host that discussion. We want our plays to be a conversation with the audience. We tell stories about who we are as a local, national, and global community.
So what is a Forum show? That’s never been the easiest thing to describe, but a few things tend to always be true: A Forum show asks big questions. A Forum show is intricate and challenging, but has a big heart at its center. And a Forum show gives you something to think about and a lot to talk about.
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