Look at these beautiful people I got to spend all week with developing the wonderful new play "Passage" by Christopher Chen & Directed by Saheem Ali with Soho Rep!
A whole lot of gratitude for an embarrassment of theatre riches: In the midst of closing weekend flurry for India Pale Ale, I also got to play for 5 days with these fantastic artists on a play about climate change that rocked my world with the harsh reality of what’s happening to our planet and to us. A big highlight of course was getting to play the ex of one of my all time fave funny men from so many laugh-til-your-belly-hurts movies — the charming and hilarious @benstiller ! @rachel.chavkin @besswohl @nicolettekloe @meganketch #michaelesper #maxbaker #newplay
What a run, what a year and what a show it's been. Thank you India Pale Ale Pirate Comrades for your spirit, your humor, your high jinks, your sensitivity, your brilliance, and last but not least - your hearts. I've loved sharing this stage with you all, collaborating, blute-ing, roti-making, Food Dancing, and Pirating, my mateys. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! (Some photos below by Joan Marcus!) @sathyayayaya @iamnatemiller @designscoundrel @eebalish @niksadhnani @shaziraja_ @moviestarannai @mtc_nyc #ipaplay @amessageforwill @jaclynbackhaus
#vote #midtermelections #bravetherain
My dearest Daadi (grandmother) Laj Bedi passed away suddenly late last night. She was just a week shy of her 95th birthday and lived a life as a stage and film actress, singer, dancer, Artistic Director to a theatre company in India for over 30 years, mother to 3, grandmother and great grandmother to a whole bunch of kids. She lived fierce and strong and was a diva until the very end.
My earliest memories are of her feeding me oranges sitting in the sun outside my aunt's house in Delhi, attending a film with her that she was starring in and being awed that everyone at the cinema knew her, and that she always wore her movie star sunglasses for photos...David & I got to make a short film starring her 8 years ago which was a pleasure that toured with the Smithsonian — an actress until the very end with only her physical limits keeping her from working. I remember she said to me in Hindi when she was in her 80's "If you hear of any role I might be right for, tell me."
This photo was from the last time I saw her 8/11 just before we left for a trip to Europe followed by the immediate vortex of rehearsals and production for my current show. I'm sorry I didn't get to see you these past 2 months. But please know that my play, India Pale Ale, is about a Punjabi family (much like ours!) and every night I get to play a fierce mom that has so many of your qualities, your passions and your life pains. I dedicate the run of this show to you my dearest Pirate Laj Bedi. I feel you with us every night in our performances and especially tonight.
Daadi you will be dearly missed.
Funeral & Cremation will be at 10am at Sunday 10/21 at Woodlawn Cemetary & Conservancy, 4199 Webster Ave, Bronx, New York 10470, 718.920.0500
Congratulations @jaclynbackhaus on winning the Horton Foote Prize! Honored I could be there (on our day off!) to celebrate you and this beautiful play we get to do 8 shows a week! An award in honor of an American playwright (who wrote about his community and where he was from) given to you who explores the possibilities of what it means to be American #proud #hortonfoote #ipaplay #mtc #previews #americantheatre #americantheater @shaziraja_ @somosomos @2015starting_ @erin.albrecht @iamnatemiller @jaclynbackhaus @amessageforwill @mtc_nyc @sathyayayaya @instaadeel @moviestarannai @eebalish @designscoundrel #nomakeup
It’s happening! 1st preview down — just 54 opportunities left! Come see this beautiful play (winner 2018 Horton Foote prize) and the work of this remarkable cast, crew and designers! #ipaplay #manhattantheatreclub @shaziraja_ @niksadhnani @sathyayayaya @amessageforwill @somosomos @designscoundrel @jaclynbackhaus #angeldesai @iamnatemiller #aloktewari @2015starting_ #lipicashah @erin.albrecht #newplay #hortonfoote #desi #desiwedding #wisconsin #indianfood #sikhwedding #punjabiwedding #punjabi #punjabicouples #americandesi
A wonderful and humbling eve honoring 20 years of Laramie Project and benefiting @tectonictheaterproject and @mattshepardfdn Also a darn fun night hanging with these people ! @bhastert @jfrutkin @samira.wiley @marylouise_parker #marylouiseparker #samirawiley #handmaidstale #oitnb #emmywinner #uncommonsense #andyparis
So moved and energized by tonight’s rehearsal for tomorrow’s benefit working with these beautiful humans to honor the legacy of #matthewshepard #laramiealegacy & as Matt Joslyn so eloquently put it "I’m trying to keep it together but right now I’m in a room with Moisés Kaufman, the Tectonic Company, Judy & Dennis Shepard, Jimmy Maize, Michael Emerson, Danny Burstein, Mary Louise Parker, Samira Wiley, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Asia Kate Dillon, Scott Barrow, Purva Bedi, and Dana Colagiovanni.
I CAN’T. Keep it together.
Incredible artists. Amazing humans.
Hard at work building the set for India Pale Ale #IndiaPaleAlePlay #backstage #theatre #theatremagic #neilpatel #setdesign @manhattantheatreclub @mtc_nyc @designscoundrel
Date night with writing partner and clone sister ! Searing exploration of addiction, powerlessness and ❤️ The cast -both casts- did such beautiful work #sestra #playwrightshorizons #IWasMostAliveWithYou #asl #deaftalent #assembledidentity #mariananewhard
first day of first grade! Finally! #practicallyoctober #nyc #daddydoesdropoff #family #fatherdaughter #backtoschool
First week at my new job and I’m working hard #tenminutebreak #indiapalealeplay #hammock #camping #thegreatoutdoors #citymouseadventures @manhattantheatreclub #nap @mtc_nyc
Day 2 of #rehearsal fittings for our #beards #indiapalealeplay #manhattantheatreclub #actorlife #fitting #lovetheatre #pirates #angeldesai #newplay #hortonfoote
Proud wife! Hubby #DavidAndrewStoler today in @politico Pls read, share, comment and all that jazz! Link in bio and below #civilrights #sports #southafrica #tennis #USOpen #arthurashe #activism #BlackLivesMatter https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/08/29/the-careful-complicated-activism-of-arthur-ashe-219610
Just landed in the USA and gearing up for this joy with some wonderful artists and also a mini reunion of #anordinarymuslim ! #manhattantheatreclub #indiapalealetheplay @sathyayayaya @shaziraja_ @somosomos @eebalish @jaclynbackhaus @amessageforwill
Nuclear family in #Paris #august #stillonvacation #europeanholiday #whendoeschoolstart
Yummy indian food in Paris #desi #indianfood #paris #gastronomiefrancaise #larosedekashmir