Tuesday, April 3, 2018

THE DOCTOR (PH.D.) IN SPITE OF HIMSELF by Ajinkya Desai - Creative Team

Written & Directed by Ajinkya Desai

Time:  A morning in 2020, President Trump’s Second Term in office.
Place: Large, rectangular science-laboratory-cum-office at a university, LA.

Characters in order of appearance

Sulaiman (a.k.a. Solomon)………….Ajinkya Desai

Who’s Who . . .
Ajinkya Desai (Sulaiman) obtained his MFA from The Old Globe/USD, where this play debuted. Playing Malvolio, in the Globe's tour of Twelfth Night, was his first job out of school. His favorite MFA credits include Touchstone in As You Like It, Speed in Two Gentlemen of Verona, Shamrayev in The Seagull and Agamemnon in Ajax. His Globe Summer Shakespeare Festival credits include King Richard II, Love’s Labor’s Lost, Macbeth, Hamlet. He also understudied/went on for Marcel Spears (The Mayor) in Picasso at the Lapin Agile at the Globe. ajinkya-desai.com
Ajinkya Desai (Director/Playwright) would like to give a special thanks to his playwriting advisor, Fred Robinson, English Professor at University of San Diego, and to his directorial advisor, Richard Seer, Director Emeritus of the Old Globe’s MFA program, for their guidance in constructing this piece. He also wishes to thank his previous MFA classmates for their valuable feedback.
Joyce Pena (Light & Sound Operator) has been in the business for a little over 25 years. She has touched on many jobs in this business, from Stage Managing, Props, ASM, Lights, Sound to Hair-Dressing. Some of the plays she has worked on are "Isaiah's Dream", New York Artist Unlimited, "Three" at The Swedish Cottage, "Rock My Soul" at The Riant Theatre, and "Ebony Black", New York Artist Unlimited. She has also worked at the world-famous Laugh Factory Comedy Club as a Technician. 

Series C:  Sat, May 19th @ 1pm & Sun, May 20th @ 3:30pm

THE GOOD SEEDS By Lauren Andrews
Featuring:  Marissa M. Miller & Mike Heslin
A thought-provoking yet humorous insight into married life and the modern age.

THE ORANGE LILY By Dymon Taylor Davis
When you say you love me, do you really mean it?
A man and woman fall in love.  Everything is like a movie until the woman becomes pregnant.  The man is not ready to be a father and wants nothing to do with the woman. The woman has to decide between her baby and her husband.

By Ajinkya Desai
We are very willing to stereotype South Asians as nerds, fearful of artistic risk-taking.  However, we forget that most brown people have limited scope to pursue their artistic dreams.

The Strawberry One-Act Festival May 16, 2018 – May 27, 2018
At Theatre 54 @ Shetler Studios
244 West 54th Street, 12th Floor, NYC
Between 7th & 8th Avenue
Trains: B,D or E to 7th Avenue.  #1 train to 50th Street.

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