House of Joy

Showing:   March 05 - 29, 2020
Where: Lyceum Space

Written by: Madhuri Shekar

Directed by: Sam Woodhouse & Arpita Mukherjee, National Director's Fellowship Director in Residence

Set in the 17th century, in a place like Delhi, India, House of Joy spins the tale of Hamida, one of the elite female bodyguards in the Emperor's Imperial Harem. When faced with an impossible ethical quandary, Hamida goes against everything she believes and risks her life to help abused Queen Mariyam escape the heavily guarded harem. Inspired by the epic legends of Indian history, Shekar has crafted a swashbuckling action-adventure romance centering on strong women who battle each other as well as a world threatening to enter their sacred space. This wildly entertaining story of palace intrigue and betrayal features sword fights, narrow escapes and sparks of revolution that culminates in a breathtaking conclusion!

"If there is a paradise on earth, it is this. Welcome to the House of Joy!" - House of Joy




This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Written by: Madhuri Shekar
Directed by: Sam Woodhouse & Arpita Mukherjee, National Director's Fellowship Director in Residence
Scenic Design by: Yoon Bae
Costume Design by: Jennifer Brawn Gittings
Lighting & Projection Design by: David Cuthbert
Sound Design and Compositions by: Kevin Anthenill
Fight Directed by: Edgar Landa
Stage Managed by: Kendra Stockton
Production Managed by: Chelsea Smith
Associate Producer: Kim Heil
Actor: Devereau Chumrau as Hamida
Actor: Karthik Srinivasan as Thermometer
Actor: Shaun Tuazon as Salima
Actor: TaiReikca L.A. as Roshni
Actor: Mondis Vakili as Noorah
Actor: Tamara Rodriguez as Mariyam
Actor: Ulka Simone Mohanty as Gulal
Actor: Deepti Kingra as Ensemble
Actor: Ka'imi Kuoha as Ensemble
Properties Design by: Yi-Chien Lee


MADHURI SHEKAR (PLAYWRIGHT) was born in California and grew up in India, and after a couple of quick detours in Singapore and London, made her first grown-up home in Los Angeles. She currently shuttles between Jersey City, Los Angeles and Chennai. Her new audio play Evil Eye debuted on the Audible best-seller list in May 2019. Her play Queen had its world premiere in April 2017 at Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago, and was nominated for a Jeff Award for Best New Play. 

She has received two commissions from Atlanta’s Alliance Theater (Bucket of Blessings and Antigone, Presented by the Girls of St. Catherine’s), which were both produced in subsequent seasons. She has also been commissioned by the Kennedy Center, South Coast Rep and Victory Gardens. Her plays have also been developed or showcased at Center Theatre Group, the Old Globe, the Kennedy Center, the Hedgebrook Playwrights Festival (in conjunction with Seattle Rep) and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She has an MFA in Dramatic Writing from USC, and a dual Master’s degree in Global Media and Communications from the London School of Economics and USC. She is a 2018 alumnus of the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights program at Juilliard. She is an alumna of the Ma-Yi writers lab, the Ars Nova Play Group and the Center Theatre Group Writers Workshop, and a co-creator of the Shakespearean web series, Titus and Dronicus. She became a member of New Dramatists in 2019. She is a staff writer for the upcoming HBO show The Nevers.
 

 
SAM WOODHOUSE (DIRECTOR) co-founded San Diego REP with D.W. Jacobs in 1976, and has since worked as a director, producer or actor on more than 280 productions. As an actor, he has performed on The REP stages in The Seafarer, in the title role of King Lear, Proof, Hamlet and with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra in the title role of Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat. His recent directorial work with The REP includes: Bad Hombres/Good Wives, Sweat, A Doll’s House, Part 2, Fun Home, Beachtown, Hand to God, EVITA, Into the Beautiful North, Manifest Destinitis, Rapture, Blister, Burn, The Oldest Boy, Violet, Oedipus El Rey, Honky, El Henry (with La Jolla Playhouse), Detroit, Venus in Fur, In the Heights, Federal Jazz Project, Clybourne Park and The Who’s TOMMY. In 2011, he directed American Night: The Ballad of Juan José for the Denver Center Theatre Company. In 2003, he was awarded the Patté Shiley Award for Lifetime Achievement by KPBS and the prestigious Alonzo Award by the Downtown San Diego Partnership. In 2006, he and Jacobs were honored with the Craig Noel Award by the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle for 30 years of artistic dedication to downtown and diversity.
 

 
ARPITA MUKHERJEE (National Director's Fellowship Director in Residence) is the Artistic Director of Congressional Award winning Hypokrit Theatre Company. Recent: Elements of Change with UNICEF, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and Greenpoint Innovations (Director), Eh Dah: Questions for My Father (a reading) by Aya Aziz at All For One Theatre (Director), The Djinn by Divya Mangwani at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (Director), Monsoon Wedding the Musical at Berkeley Rep (Original Dramaturg, Associate Director), Queen – A Reading – Ma-Yi Theater Company (Director), Appeasing Radhika - Baruch College (Director), An Evening of Indian Classics at Theater for the New City (Director), Romeo and Juliet at the Access Theater (Director), My First Time – DC premiere (Director), How to Succeed as an Ethnically Ambiguous Actor – Off-Broadway (Co-Writer/Creative Producer). Awards/Nominations: Best Book at New York Musical Festival, nominated for Best Director at Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, Congressional Award for Diversity in the Arts - Hypokrit Theatre Company. Arpita is a member of the WP Theater 2018-2020 Directors Lab, the 2018 Eugene O’ Neill National Directing Fellow, a 2019 Mabou Mines Resident Artist, a member of the 2018 Lincoln Center Directors Lab and a 2018 Jonathan Alper Directing Fellow.




Madhuri Shekar, playwright

Madhuri Shekar, playwright

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Devereau Chumrau as Hamida

Devereau Chumrau as Hamida

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Karthik Srinivasan as Thermometer

Karthik Srinivasan as Thermometer

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Shaun Tuazon as Salima

Shaun Tuazon as Salima

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TaiReikca L.A. as Roshni

TaiReikca L.A. as Roshni

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Mondis Vakili as Noorah

Mondis Vakili as Noorah

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Tamara Rodriguez as Mariyam

Tamara Rodriguez as Mariyam

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Ulka Simone Mohanty as Gulal

Ulka Simone Mohanty as Gulal

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Deepti Kingra as Ensemble

Deepti Kingra as Ensemble

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Ka’imi Kuoha as Ensemble

Ka’imi Kuoha as Ensemble

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From left: Shaun Tuazon, Mondis Vakili, Tamara Rodriguez.

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Karthik Srinivasan as Thermometer.

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TaiReikca L.A. as Roshni.

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Devereau Chumrau as Hamida.

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From left: Mondis Vakili, Shaun Tuazon.

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From left: Mondis Vakili, Shaun Tuazon, Tamara Rodriguez.

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Tamara Rodriguez as Mariyam.

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From left: Shaun Tuazon, Mondis Vakili.

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Devereau Chumrau as Hamida.

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Devereau Chumrau as Hamida.

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Mondis Vakili as Noorah.

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TaiReikca L.A. as Roshni.

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Talkin' Theatre with Todd: The Art of Stage Combat

March 05 at 7:00 PM
Location: Lower Lobby Stage

Stage Combat, of which there is much of in House of Joy, is an art. It takes careful planning, choreography and rehearsal to make sure fight scenes are executed believably and safely. Join Associate Artistic Director Todd Salovey and special guests to learn more about what goes into planning the perfect onstage live-action scene. FREE and open to the public.

Mini-Concert: Sitarre

March 06 at 7:00 PM
Location: Lower Lobby Stage

Join us for a FREE mini-concert featuring Sitarre Acapella, UCSD's premier award-winning South Asian acappella team. Since its inception in 2006, Sitaare has taken pride in its diverse vocal talent, continuing to explore ways to showcase variety and creativity in their repertoire. Sitaare enjoys performing different genres of both Indian and Western music, from Bollywood and Indian classical, to R&B and pop. In addition to UCSD's cultural events, Sitaare has had the opportunity to perform at community events, weddings, and corporate events in San Diego, the Bay Area, and beyond. Sitaare always looks to push the boundaries of Desi a cappella and reach for the stars. FREE and open to the public.

Gallery Reception

March 07 at 6:00 PM
Location: Lyceum Gallery

Join artists Zulfiqar Rashid, Thao Huynh and Kolten French for hors d'ouevres and half-price drinks at the REP bar to celebrate the oepning of the upper and lower Lyceum Gallery exhibits titled Beauty in Words and Form and Best FriendsFREE and open to the public.

Sam's Salon: Changing Female Narratives in Arts and Entertainment

March 12 at 7:00 PM
Location: Lower Lobby Stage

House of Joy is a play about women, written by a woman. As we also acknowledge and celebrate the centennial year of the 19th Amendment granting American women the right to vote, join Artistic Director Sam Woodhouse and guests Jennifer Eve Thorn (Moxie Theatre), Kristen Fogle (San Diego Writers, Ink) and Laura Castaneda (Emmy-award winning journalist, blogger, documentary filmmaker and media instructor) for a conversation on women's rights and changing female narratives in the press, entertainment, theatre and literature. FREE and open to the public.

Meet the Artists

March 13 at 10:00 PM
Location: Onstage

After the show, meet the cast of House of Joy, and satisfy your curiosities by bringing your questions and comments. REP Associate Producer and Casting Director, Kim Heil, is your host. Performance ticket required.

Odissi Dance Performance

March 13 at 7:00 PM
Location: Lower Lobby Stage

Join us for a FREE mini-performance featuring local Indian dance school Odissi School. Odissi is one of the oldest and most sophisticated forms of Indian classical dance. It is thought to have originated as early as the second century BCE in the eastern state of Odisha. Odissi is well-known for its lyrical nature, grace, fluid movements, and expressive, asymmetrical body postures. The Center for World Music has offered Odissi dance classes in the San Diego area since the early 90's. These courses are taught by distinguished master dance teachers from Odisha, India and the Patnaik Sisters. For more information, visit www.centerforworldmusic.com/odissi-dance-school. FREE and open to the public.

Odissi Dance Performance

March 14 at 7:00 PM
Location: Lower Lobby Stage

Join us for a FREE mini-performance featuring local Indian dance school Odissi School. Odissi is one of the oldest and most sophisticated forms of Indian classical dance. It is thought to have originated as early as the second century BCE in the eastern state of Odisha. Odissi is well-known for its lyrical nature, grace, fluid movements, and expressive, asymmetrical body postures. The Center for World Music has offered Odissi dance classes in the San Diego area since the early 90's. These courses are taught by distinguished master dance teachers from Odisha, India and the Patnaik Sisters. For more information, visit www.centerforworldmusic.com/odissi-dance-school. FREE and open to the public.

Pre-Show Talk

March 15 at 1:00 PM
Location: Lower Lobby Stage

Asha for Education is an international and fully-volunteer run non-profit that has more than 50 chapters across 3 continents all working towards the mission of 'socio-economic equality through the education of underprivileged children.' Join representatives from the San Diego chapter to hear about the projects they develop and fund that are educating and supporting children in various states of India.

Stay and Play Club

March 15 at 4:00 PM
Location: Onstage

Stay and Play Club is like a book club for theatre! Join REP literary manager, Danielle Ward, for an interactive conversation about the play, and, if you'd like, continue to explore beyond the theatre with a thematically related book list, available upon request. Performance ticket required.

Pre-Show Talk

March 15 at 6:00 PM
Location: Lower Lobby Stage

Asha for Education is an international and fully-volunteer run non-profit that has more than 50 chapters across 3 continents all working towards the mission of 'socio-economic equality through the education of underprivileged children.' Join representatives from the San Diego chapter to hear about the projects they develop and fund that are educating and supporting children in various states of India.

Free Beer Friday

March 20 at 10:00 PM
Location: Lower Lobby

Stick around after the show tonight and join the cast for a craft beer tasting generously provided by Fall Brewing Company! Performance ticket required.

Odissi Dance Performance

March 20 at 7:00 PM
Location: Lower Lobby Stage

Join us for a FREE mini-performance featuring local Indian dance school Odissi School. Odissi is one of the oldest and most sophisticated forms of Indian classical dance. It is thought to have originated as early as the second century BCE in the eastern state of Odisha. Odissi is well-known for its lyrical nature, grace, fluid movements, and expressive, asymmetrical body postures. The Center for World Music has offered Odissi dance classes in the San Diego area since the early 90's. These courses are taught by distinguished master dance teachers from Odisha, India and the Patnaik Sisters. For more information, visit www.centerforworldmusic.com/odissi-dance-school. FREE and open to the public.

Indian Dance Performance

March 21 at 1:00 PM
Location: Lower Lobby Stage

Join us for a FREE mini-performance featuring local Indian dance school Shalini Chauhan Nupoor Dance Academy. Shalini Chauhan Nupoor Dance Academy has been serving society and culture since 2000, motivated by "Art with Purpose." As students learn strong dance techniques, emphasis is also placed on enhancing self-confidence and moral values. The Academy is proud to have won many championships. Founder, choreographer and performer Shalini holds a BA in music from KUK University and has studied many forms of dances. She takes great pride in her dancing, considers music her passion, and is also a national level Badminton player. All these combinations show in her dance style. Shalini believes that dance is not a hobby or a workout, but is a way of life which needs to live within the soul. FREE and open to the public.

Indian Dance Performance

March 21 at 7:00 PM
Location: Lower Lobby Stage

Join us for a FREE mini-performance featuring local Indian dance school Shalini Chauhan Nupoor Dance Academy. Shalini Chauhan Nupoor Dance Academy has been serving society and culture since 2000, motivated by "Art with Purpose." As students learn strong dance techniques, emphasis is also placed on enhancing self-confidence and moral values. The Academy is proud to have won many championships. Founder, choreographer and performer Shalini holds a BA in music from KUK University and has studied many forms of dances. She takes great pride in her dancing, considers music her passion, and is also a national level Badminton player. All these combinations show in her dance style. Shalini believes that dance is not a hobby or a workout, but is a way of life which needs to live within the soul. FREE and open to the public.

Indian Dance Performance

March 22 at 1:00 PM
Location: Lower Lobby Stage

Join us for a FREE mini-performance featuring local Indian dance school Kathak Darshan School of Dance. Kathak Darshan School of Dance was established in 2008 and has ever since been dedicated to propagating the divine North Indian Classical Art form, Kathak. The school aims to pass on the rich history of Kathak as well as the spcific tehnique of master Lucknow Gharana. FREE and open to the public.

Indian Dance Performance

March 27 at 7:00 PM
Location: Lower Lobby Stage

Join us for a FREE mini-performance featuring local Indian dance school Swapanthi Dance Academy. The mission of Swapanthi Dance Academy is to impart rigorous training in the technique, expression and performance of Bharatanatyam, an ancient dance nurtured in southern India. Aristic Director, Aparna Sundaram, founded Swapanthi Dance Academy in 2007 to provide intense training in Bharatanatyam, including the theoregtical aspects and Nattubangam (dance conducting). Aparna learned dance from the famous dancer Smt Sowbhagya and Smt Vasundara Doraiswamy in India. FREE and open to the public.

Odissi Dance Performance

March 28 at 7:00 PM
Location: Lower Lobby Stage

Join us for a FREE mini-performance featuring local Indian dance school Odissi School. Odissi is one of the oldest and most sophisticated forms of Indian classical dance. It is thought to have originated as early as the second century BCE in the eastern state of Odisha. Odissi is well-known for its lyrical nature, grace, fluid movements, and expressive, asymmetrical body postures. The Center for World Music has offered Odissi dance classes in the San Diego area since the early 90's. These courses are taught by distinguished master dance teachers from Odisha, India and the Patnaik Sisters. For more information, visit www.centerforworldmusic.com/odissi-dance-school. FREE and open to the public.

Indian Dance Performance

March 29 at 1:00 PM
Location: Lower Lobby Stage

Join us for a FREE mini-performance featuring local Spanish and Bollywood dance school Sabor Andaluz. Sabor Andaluz was created 15 years ago by San Diego Flamenco dancer, choreographer, and instructor Stephania Rey. She began her flamenco instruction at the age of eight with Spanish native instructors, and in the United States, has studied with international figures such as Farruquito, Angelita Gomez, Maria del Mar Moreno, Antonio Vargas, Juana Amaya, Rafael Campallo, and Manuel Linan. She has attended several flamenco workshops in California at the renowned New World Flamenco and Santa Barbara Flamenco Festivals. Stephania has been featured at the prestigious Fountain Theater's Forever Flamenco in Hollywood California on several occasions and with the highly recognized Spanish Flamenco Company Herencia Flamenca. In addition to Flamenco, she has trained in some of the most challenging dance forms of classical Indian dance, Kathak and Bharatanatyam. FREE and open to the public.

BOX OFFICE

Phone: 619.544.1000
Email: boxoffice@sdrep.org
Hours: 12 p.m. — 6p.m. daily

On days with an evening performance, the Box Office is available by phone until one hour prior to curtain time and the walk-up window is open 15 minutes after curtain time (late-seating is at the discretion of house management).
 

For group sales, call 619.544.1001.

 

Enjoy our Lyceum Café on your next visit!

Our Lyceum Café opens an hour and forty-five minutes before curtain, and offers a menu of small bites, flatbreads, paninis and desserts, as well as a full bar featuring a special cocktail for each show.  Come early and try our new daily specials and to enjoy happy hour, which runs from an hour and forty-five minutes before curtain, to fourty-five minutes before curtain.  Click here for the menu.

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