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The Waiting Room

Written by: Tanika Gupta

Directed by: Pratiksha Shah

Date & Location:

Dec. 3rd 2:30 & 6:30pm

Dec. 10th 2:30 & 6:30pm

Mountain View Center of Performing Arts

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About Tanika Gupta

Tanika Gupta is an English playwright of Bengali descent. Apart from her work for the theatre, she has also written scripts for television and radio plays. As a child, Gupta performed Tagore dance dramas with her parents. Her mother Gairika Gupta was an Indian classically trained dancer, and her father Tapan Gupta was a singer. Gupta graduated from Oxford University with a Modern History degree. After Oxford, her political commitment found expression in her work for an Asian women’s refuge in Manchester In 1988, she married David Archer an anti-poverty activist and ActionAid’s current Head of Programme Development, whom she met at university. She and her husband then moved to London where Gupta was a community worker,  writing in her spare time.


Priya Banerjee is dead, but her life is far from over. She has just three days left to roam the earth before she can go on to the ‘Waiting Room’ of spirits. As she reluctantly watches and listens to her family, Priya is guided by a droll and increasingly impatient immortal soul in the guise of her Bollywood idol, Dilip Kumar

Reflecting on her life, she is driven to face unresolved relationships and suppressed events before she finally choose to intervene.


August 3, 2017 @ 8:00 AM
December 11, 2017 @ 5:00 PM