One World Theatre
One World Theatre is an English language theatre company in Kathmandu, Nepal, dedicated to presenting intercultural, social justice productions, especially plays from South Asia, the Western canon and contemporary American plays that are affordable, professional, experimental and relevant.
The play helped me become more empathetic. However, it may take a long time for the mainstream Nepali mindset to change their attitude towards people from sexual and gender minorities...
...the David Mamet play examines the issues of sexual harassment and political correctness in the backdrop of the education system in the United States...
Even through my jet-lag haze, something about the production struck me as especially moving. Perhaps it was because my expectations had to adjust to seeing dark, young Nepali actors with strong accents playing Russian characters from the 1900s, overtaking this very pre-revolutionary Russian situation and claiming it for contemporary Nepal.
The set and the costumes were amazing just just so amazing. I loved the way the stage was used. Such an amazing and fulfilling stagecraft is a delight to watch.
It is in and of itself an extraordinary event: an international premiere of a new play based on a seminal memoir, with the memoirist herself on stage. It is also an instantiation of the humanity of victims and the value of testimony. It has an obvious relevance for Nepal. It shows us the Kafkaesque disorientation of arbitrary imprisonment, and it indicts the guards.
Subtle thematic connections link the Nepali segments into the original script nearly seamlessly, as if Matthew's story is reaching out and inviting people to speak and share their own experiences. For me personally, these offer some of the most striking moments of the performance. Though the US still has a very long way to go in terms of equality and rights for gender and sexual minorities, homosexuality and LGBTIQ issues have become so widely accepted, so openly discussed, so mainstream that Matthew's story is now quite familiar. But to hear similar, related stories from Nepali authors about their experiences as LGBTIQ people? It is truly eye-opening.
These stories are funny and sad, lively and lyrical, enacted by courageous young students, wives, mothers and artists. Rather than regarding femininity as a unified, homogeneous form, we celebrate the multiplicity of girls’ and women’s lives and raised voices!
The fusion operatic music — the incorporation of western style opera singing and music, American jazz and improvisation, North Indian classical singing and tabala — is what is takes the whole act of Arjuna’s Dilemma to another level.
I have yet to come across a better amalgamation of Western and Eastern musical traditions that incorporate both vocals and instrumentals.
One of the most exciting events in Kathmandu’s cultural calendar.
One can take away a lot of things from THE LARAMIE PROJECT and one of the most important is that “hate is not the way”. For Matthew, it may be his sexuality and for many in Nepal, it can range from sexuality, caste, class, sex and more!
But there’s common ground to be found in musical improvisation, which is at the heart of both Indian classical music and jazz. The Indian singer, tabla player, and jazz saxophonist each use their respective improvisatory traditions to reach for the ecstatic, the sublime, and the terror that make up the emotional world of this work.
The power of creating a parallel world on an empty stage is extraordinary. Every time I witness theater, I carry souls of distant strangers who showed me their souls and became a part of my own. I don't know if ever I will be able to see a One World Theatre play again or remotely affect the magnificent world they create by doing theatre.
"It’s better to carry a hill of sorrows than a corpse of memories."
© One World Theatre - 2023 - Stats: 38 plays produced, involving 319 actors, seen by 14705 people.