Thursday, January 30, 2020, 7:30 PM
Friday, January 31, 2020, 7:30 PM
Saturday, February 1, 2020, 2 PM
Saturday, February 1, 2020, 7:30 PM

Moss Arts Center, 190 Alumni Mall, Blacksburg, VA 24061
Street and Davis Performance Hall, Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre

$25 general admission
$40 premium seating (limited availability)
$10 students with ID and youth 18 and under, 20%-30% subscription discounts available
To include this performance in your subscription package as an add-on, please call the box office at 540-231-5300.

Written by Jacob Rajan and Justin Lewis

Indians throw crazy parties….and you’re invited!

Heard of Diwali? A million lamps floating on a river and fireworks to wake the dead. Heard of Holi? An explosion of colour and joy and massive dry cleaning bills.

How about Onam? No? It’s the harvest festival, and this one could be the craziest of them all!

Mrs. Krishnan’s boarder, overzealous wannabe-DJ James (Justin Rogers), has invited a few friends into the back room of the corner shop as a special surprise to celebrate the Hindu festival Onam and the return home of Mrs. Krishnan's son. But when around 100 strangers turn up (the audience), Mrs. Krishnan (Kalyani Nagarajan) has no choice but to throw the party of her life, and you, the audience members, are the partygoers.

You will be seated on the stage of the Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre for these intimate, immersive, and wildly engaging performances. Special seating sections, including the inner circle, wallflowers, cheeky seats, and the coveted table top VIP seats, will make this a party you’ll never forget!

New Zealand's irrepressible theatremakers return with this utterly disarming new comedy that seats the audience around the dining table and at the kitchen bench in the back room of Krishnan’s Dairy. Now that her son is grown up, Mrs. Krishnan is thinking of selling the shop. It’s Onam, a time to celebrate life, death, and rebirth, and Mrs. Krishnan has to throw the party of her life. This joyous, heart-warming show picks up the story 20 years on from the production that started it all—Krishnan’s Dairy.  

Founded in 1997 by Jacob Rajan and Justin Lewis, the company was a team of long term collaborators who combine to make work that is beautiful, funny, sad, and true. The “serious laugh” (using laughter to open the audience to deeper themes) is central to the company’s approach, along with a love of mask and of story. The company blends western theatrical traditions with eastern flavors and has been critically acclaimed for its use of live music, heightened theatricality, humor, pathos, and great storytelling.

Indian Ink has won awards and delighted audiences throughout New Zealand and around the world. The company’s international successes include tours throughout Australia and the United States, as well as sell out seasons in Singapore, Germany, India, and the U.K.

Indian Ink has won three Production of the Year awards and two Edinburgh Fringe First Awards; won Best Play, Best Composer, and Best Actor at the Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards; and broken box office records with tours throughout New Zealand, to Australia, Singapore, and Edinburgh.

The company’s first three plays (Krishnan’s Dairy, The Candlestickmaker, and The Pickle King) have been collected in The Trilogy Book published by Victoria University Press, and the works are taught in secondary school and university drama departments.


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