“…this is a true story. A good one too, about heroes and adventure… and love and demons.”
- Hanuman, from Aditi Kapil’s The Adventures of Hanuman
Hanuman is tired of being laughed at by his monkey friends. They make fun of him and claim he tells fairy tales, but he is about to tell them the most important story he knows. It begins with a song about the creation of the world, and ends with an adventure big enough for any Prince.
Aditi Kapil’s delightful musical play “The Adventures of Hanuman, King of the Monkeys” comes to life in Houston this August. It’s a colorful, lively stage play with song, dance and live music, produced by Shunya Theatre, Houston’s hometown Indian theatre troupe.
“I’m thrilled that we are able to produce this wonderful play in Houston, and to do it with a cast of local actors – both youth and adult – makes it all the better,” says Shunya’s Artistic Co-Director Yaksha Bhatt. “It has been an enriching experience for everyone involved, and a wonderful summer project for the youth involved.”
One of those youth is Neha Kodali, who plays a monkey. “I am excited about having fun, dressing up and learning how to act!”
Neha is joined by a large cast of Princes, birds, and a big bear, who have been singing, dancing and rehearsing through their summer to put on a wonderful show.
Joining Shunya in this production is Infused Performing Arts, a Bollywood dance school in Stafford. Infused Performing Arts has been teaching in Houston for the last two years, but the Artistic Directors Kiron Kumar and Tina Bose have themselves been each teaching dance for over ten years now. Kiron also plays Ravana in the play.
The cast and crew of the show, youth and adults alike, are eagerly looking forward to opening night. “This is a show for the whole family, and I think everyone is going to love it — the songs, the dancing and the live music will make this an event to talk about.” says Shunya’s Artistic Co-Director Sara Kumar.
The Adventures of Hanuman runs August 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, and 12. Fridays at 8 pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 3 pm. Tickets and directions are available at www.ShunyaTheatre.org.