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Our 2021 Season launches on March 27th, International World Theatre Day! We are excited to present an incredible list of shows, each one a NEW PLAY and each one an unforgettable journey.

We invite you to sit back in your favorite armchair and voyage with us across the world!

The Amar Chitra Sita version of this epic story stars Minita Gandhi as Sita.

Dive into the illustrated world of the Heroine Sita, here artforms collide to bring her story to life.  The young princess Sita follows her new husband Ram to his kingdom in Ayodhya – only to learn that he has been banished to the forest! Refusing to abandon her partner, she joins him in exile, but finds her loyalty tested to surprising lengths. A solo piece written for a South Asian woman, The Sitayana is part Hindu epic, part coming of age story, and, ultimately, a break up play.

The Sita’s Slumber Party version of this epic story stars Nikita Chaudhry as Sita.

Teenage Sita is having a slumber party, watch as she transforms her childhood bedroom into an epic reality. The young princess Sita follows her new husband Ram to his kingdom in Ayodhya – only to learn that he has been banished to the forest! Refusing to abandon her partner, she joins him in exile, but finds her loyalty tested to surprising lengths. A solo piece written for a South Asian woman, The Sitayana is part Hindu epic, part coming of age story, and, ultimately, a break up play.

The Sita’s Mehndi Party version of this epic story stars Sheetal Gandhi as Sita.

Centered around the marriage of Sita, be a wedding guest to a party that melds traditional henna art with epic festivities. The young princess Sita follows her new husband Ram to his kingdom in Ayodhya – only to learn that he has been banished to the forest! Refusing to abandon her partner, she joins him in exile, but finds her loyalty tested to surprising lengths. A solo piece written for a South Asian woman, The Sitayana is part Hindu epic, part coming of age story, and, ultimately, a break up play.

The Sitayana (or “How to Make an Exit”)

EWP, in partnership with New York City’s Hypokrit Productions and San Francisco’s EnActe Arts, present the World Premiere of Lavina Jadhwani’s Sitayana (or “How to Make an Exit), directed by Reena Dutt. An artful transposition of the Hindu epic The Ramayana told from Sita’s point of view. Part epic tale, part coming of age story, Sitayana is the ultimate breakup play. Sitayana premiers with 9 livestream interactive performances from September 25 to October 17 and video-on-demand September 20 to October 17.

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“An artful, winkingly shrewd modern transposition of a Hindu myth about love, marriage, betrayal and acceptance.” — Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

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Sitayana

The Sitayana is a​n artful transposition of the Hindu epic The Ramayana ​told from Sita’s point of view. Part epic tale, part coming of age story, The S​itayana is the ultimate breakup play. Audiences attending the livestreamed viewings September 25 – October 17, 2021 will be given the choice of one of three unique incarnations of Sita from whom they will hear her story (Amar Chitra Sita, Sita’s Mehndi Party, and Sita’s Slumber Party) which questions traditional gender roles, subverts idealized views of femininity, and ultimately centers Sita as a hero within her own epic journey. Each of the versions will be available for video-on-demand viewing beginning September 20th, 2021 through Sunday, October 17.

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Upcoming Shows

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The Jungle Book : Rudyard Revised

A fresh dance and music laden theatrical take on Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book by the students of our conservatory! This Cine play will be live streamed on Eventbrite and Vimeo at the cost of $4.99.
Friday, Oct 15 @6 pm PST ; Saturday, Oct 16 @4 pm PST; Sunday, Oct 17 @2 pm PST.
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A Modern Vyasa

Jean-Claude Carriere and The Mahabharata

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Conservatory Showcase for 2021-22'

In this installment of our Conservatory, we will rework a classic, A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett through a totally different lens. This version will be reset in 1947 against the backdrop of Indian Independence and Partition. 

EnActe’s rigorous development process from book to script to creative workshopping culminates in a pro stage performance!

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The EnActe Conservatory Module III is in full swing! The students are working on the “book” for The Jungle Book, Rudyard’s Revision, cast auditions are ongoing. We can’t wait to see who gets to be Tabaqui the jackal and who will roar loudest as Sher Baagh! Keep your eye out for the show announcements for this professional theatrical production.




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Community Updates

This year has been hard, especially for our seniors, Vintage@EnActe is our way of telling our seniors we love them!

In July, we celebrated our elders with a play read of Comedy is Hard by hilarious Simpsons producer Mike Reiss! Broadway stars like Todd Susman and Elizabeth Ashley generously helped us fundraise, allowing us to kickstart our free theatre skills programs for Seniors!

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All for One, One for All

We partnered with eighteen amazing performing arts organizations in Silicon Valley to cooperatively raise funds. Art is the first responder for the soul. This Giving Tuesday we are honored

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COVID-19 Update

EnActe-ing during the pandemic.

Like you, the EnActe family is sheltering in place yet staying connected virtually.
We may have cancelled a production or three in the physical world, but we continue to bring you quality virtual content, accessible from anywhere in the world, that puts South Asian voices into global narratives. If you’re looking to keep up with us or catch some of our past events, you can do so on our FaceBook page. Keep an eye on our EnActe School of Drama page for exciting news on our upcoming classes. Kids, adults, parents and grandparents can all sign up!

We are grateful to these organizations for supporting our work!