Mei ek bar pathar thi / once i was stone
a solo play written, directed and performed by Shebana Coelho
A multilingual solo play in English with fragments of Urdu and Spanish. Inspired by an old flamenco cante (song) about a stone lost at sea, it weaves original poetry and dance drawn from flamenco and bharatanatyam into a lyric narrative about isolation, connection, love, surrender, pandemic, protests, shared oppression, strength. See excerpts in the short film, Apprentice for KANTO CUENTOS series, Stories from the Pandemic (Apprentice starts @20:13min mark)
The Good Manners of Colonized Subjects
a solo play written and performed by Shebana Coelho
poetry and dance about colonization & liberation with choreography inspired by flamenco and Sanskrit classical theater.
Two lovers in limbo - a woman with an Indian accent, a man with a Gaelic accent – contend with a Man in Grey who sets them a deadline to write their life away; their spouses are left to confront the fictions they have been fed; it all builds into the stories they tell to survive.
Bless me father
Set in a Catholic enclave of India. A girl, her mother, a priest, who is the mother’s lover, and a young watchman become witnesses and party to love, sin and murder. The play juxtaposes narratives in the past and present that move together, sometimes crossing –eventually colliding – and themes of insidious racism, witnessing love and becoming sin, and mischief and its consequences.
When the Stars Trembled in Río Puerco
an oral history play based on recuerdos memories collected by celebrated New Mexico folklorist Nasario García: a man returns to remember and four viejitos elders dramatize scenes from the life and death of town and a muddy river that once ran.
Teatro Paraguas, Santa Fe & National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, as part of Siembra, a Latino theater festival (2014), dir. Shebana Coelho
An older couple's visit to their techie Indian neighbor's apartment triggers a crisis in their marriage.
Nik, a young man originally from India, is losing his hair to cancer. Greenland is where he imagines his hair goes. In conversation with an old friend, he confronts his estrangement with his family.
Are you safe (or the occupation of love)
An encounter in the present and the past between an Indian-American volunteer and a Palestinian shepherd whose death haunts her.