Aditi Brennan Kapil
Resident Playwright2014 -- 2021
Aditi Brennan Kapil is a writer, actress, and director, of Bulgarian and Indian descent. She was raised in Sweden, and resides in Minneapolis, MN, and her work has been produced nationally to critical acclaim. Her play Love Person, a four-part love story in Sanskrit, ASL, and English, was developed during a Many Voices residency at the Playwrights' Center, workshopped at the Lark Play Development Center in NY, and selected for reading at the National New Play Network (NNPN) conference 2006. Love Person was produced in a NNPN rolling world premiere at Mixed Blood Theatre (MN), Marin Theater (CA), and Phoenix Theatre (IN), in the 2007/08 season. In 2008/09 it was produced at Live Girls! Theatre in Seattle, Alley Repertory Theatre in Boise, and Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago. Love Person received the Stavis Playwriting Award in 2009. Her play Agnes Under The Big Top, a tall tale was selected as a 2009 Distinguished New Play Development Project by the NEA New Play Development Program hosted by Arena Stage, and was developed by the Lark Play Development Center (NY), Mixed Blood Theatre (MN), InterAct Theatre (PA), the Playwrights' Center (MN), and the Rhodope International Theater Laboratory (Bulgaria). Agnes Under the Big Top premiered at Mixed Blood Theatre and Long Wharf Theatre (CT) in 2011, and Borderlands Theater (AZ) in 2012 in a NNPN rolling world premiere.
Aditi’s newest work, the Displaced Hindu Gods trilogy, consists of Brahman/i, a one-hijra stand-up comedy show, The Chronicles of Kalki, and Shiv. The plays, based on the Hindu trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva, premiered in repertory at Mixed Blood Theatre in October 2013. Brahman/i and The Chronicles of Kalki received a unprecedented double nomination for the James Tait Black Prize, University of Edinburgh, UK.
In the 2016/2017 Season, Aditi will premiere her new play "Orange" at Mixed Blood and SouthCoast Repertory (commissioning theatre), and "Imogen Says Nothing" at Yale Repertory (commissioning theatre). She is also currently working on commissions with La Jolla Playhouse and Oregon Shakespeare Festival, is the Mellon Playwright-in-Residence at Mixed Blood Theatre, an Artistic Associate at Park Square Theatre, and a Core Writer at the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis. www.aditikapil.com
'In the new year, playwright Aditi Brennan Kapil will make her Yale debut with the world premiere of Imogen Says Nothing, which is billed as a “subversively comic feminist hijacking of Shakespearean history.” The new play, to be directed by Laurie Woolery, is scheduled to run January 20 – February 11, 2017.'
Aditi Brennan Kapil's new play IMOGEN SAYS NOTHING was commissioned by Yale Rep, and will premiere in their 2016/17 season, directed by Laurie Woolery.
Playwright Aditi Brennan Kapil & dramaturg Liz Engelman have been commissioned to translate William Shakespeare's MEASURE FOR MEASURE:
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival Launches Three-Year Shakespeare Translation Commissioning Project
Play on! 36 playwrights translate Shakespeare; playwrights and dramaturgs paired for 39 plays
News release: September 29, 2015
Hindu Gods Find a Home in Boston, by Joel Brown
THE DIG covered the Company One production of the DISPLACED HINDU GODS trilogy in Rep, running Oct 24-Nov 2: THE DIG