In co-production with Pratidhwani at Theatre Off Jackson
Written by Nandita Shenoy
Directed by Agastya Kohli
“A fun spin on romantic comedies” – Chicago Tribune
“It is refreshing to see a play that sends up the foibles of ethnic groups we do not often see on the stage but even more impressive is that Shenoy was able to find a universal humanity in her characters.” – Spectrum News NY1
Washer/Dryer is a contemporary comedy about a modern Indian-American woman who elopes with a Chinese-American man only to realize that happily-ever-after is much more challenging when you’re living on an actor’s salary and trying to hold onto an apartment that has the most coveted of amenities – its own washer/dryer. A colorful cast of nosy neighbors and a disapproving mother-in-law take the dual-ethnicity couple for a spin in this Rom-Com about “Crazy Poor Asians.” Under the pressures of culture and tradition, they discover that they haven’t been entirely honest with each other or themselves, and must decide if all is really fair in love and real estate.
September 6 – 22, 2019
Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 4:30* and 8pm; Sundays at 4:30pm
Pay-what-you-can preview on Thursday, September 5 at 8pm
Plus a pay-what-you-can Industry Night on Monday, September 16 at 8pm
*No 4:30pm show on September 7
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90 minutes with no intermission
Elisabeth Ballstadt, Reeti Diwan, Kathy Hsieh, Van Lang Pham, Meenakshi Rishi & Lee Yang
Agastya Kohli – Director
Alyssa Kay – Intimacy Director
Tanvee Kale – Dance Choreographer
David Hsieh – Scenic Design
Roger Tang – Sound Designer
Pallavi Agarwai & Swati Srivastav – Costume & Props Designers
Richard Schaefer – Lighting Designer
Archna Sharda – Graphic Designer
Grecia Leal Pardo – Stage Manager
Theatre Off Jackson is located in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District neighborhood at 409 7th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104.
Nandita Shenoy is a New York-based actor-playwright who enjoys hearing an audience laugh. She is delighted that Washer/Dryer is receiving its fourth production after its world premier in Los Angeles and the Off-Broadway production in which she also starred. Her first full-length, Lyme Park: An Austonian Romance of an Indian Nature, was produced by theHegira in Washington, DC, and more recently, her play Satisfaction completed a developmental run at the Academy of Dramatic Arts. Her one-acts, Marrying Nandini, By Popular Demand, Rules of Engagement, and A More Perfect Date, have been produced in New York City and regionally. Currently, her plays Baby Camp and Rage Play are in development. Nandita has acted in world premiers of new plays by Richard Dresser, Chelsea Marcantel, Adam Szymkowicz, and Eric Pfeffinger as well as a season at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Nandita is the winner of the 2014 Father Hamblin Award in Playwriting for her commissioned one-act, Safe Haven, and a 2018 Mellon Creative Research Fellowship at the University of Washington School of Drama in partnership with Ma-Yi Theater Company. She is a proud member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab and the Dramatists Guild. Nandita holds a BA in English literature from Yale University. http://www.nanditashenoy.com
WANT TO KNOW MORE?
Check out a preview in the International Examiner!
Or the review in Northwest Theatre!
And here’s a sneak peek video!
SPECIAL THANKS TO:
4Culture, ArtsWA, National Endowment for the Arts, and ArtsFund’s Multicultural Arts Project for their support.