A Play Titled After the Collective Noun for Female-Identifying 20-Somethings Living in NYC in the 2010s by Haleh Roshan
THE STORY: Shirin is working on a book about post-Occupy Wall Street grassroots movements and trying not to succumb to anxiety attacks. CJ is a public defender navigating NYC’s fucked up judicial system, while trying to make time for a meaningful personal life. Elizabeth needs to finish college and figure out what to do next. Oh, also, there’s a mysterious bug infestation in the kitchen. Hashtag millennials, amirite? Putting an urgent spin on stories about “girls” in any medium, COLLECTIVE NOUN is a love letter to an unsung history of collective action and a battle cry for radically reenvisioning what it means to fight for change.
“COLLECTIVE NOUN is VERY GOOD…It’s a font of esoterica; it felt made specifically for me but I’m betting you’ll feel the same.” —Maxamoo. “No title may be juicier than Haleh Roshan’s urgent, theatrical, feminist half-play, half-cri de cœur…These titular figures are not a gaggle, not a cohort, and certainly not girls; instead, [COLLECTIVE NOUN] spotlights uprisers long entrenched in humanitarian and social justice battles that…even liberal Americans have long ignored and sidelined. Through their daily lives and epic struggles, Roshan crafts a testimony to how we engage with politics and pens a vociferous ode to the souls on the frontline of fights for change.” —Culturebot.org.
Jagriti is a Performance Arts space dedicated to Theatre, Music, Dance and Comedy. Founded in 2011 by Arundhati and Jagdish Raja, the space has hosted several productions from India and around the world. A 200-seat theatre, built around a full-thrust stage, it is fully equipped to cater to both artistes and audience. The main stage is designed for intimate performances with adjoining spaces for informal lectures and gatherings. Jagriti is owned and operated by the not-for-profit ART Foundation, a registered charitable trust.
The Rooftop - above the main auditorium is an open-to-sky space with a staging area that can accommodate about 50 people. A raised and walled off platform can work as a perfect area for puppet theatre. The Rooftop has a restroom and a pantry.
The Terrace - alongside the auditorium, the Terrace can accommodate about 20 people as an informal gathering area.
Lumbini - extending out from the foyer, Lumbini has a stage and an open-to-sky terraced space for about 80 people.