Playwright Deepa Purohit has had an unconventional career: Before co-founding a theatre company, she taught in public schools, opened a consulting business, and got a master's in public health from Columbia. These experiences gave her the insight to pen Elyria, a tale of the Gujarati diaspora in 1982 Ohio, now playing at Atlantic Theater Company's Linda Gross Theater. Elyria is a coming-of-age story that investigates what happens when class and community prevent adults from coming into their...
Atlantic Theater Company presents the world-premiere play Elyria in spring 2023. Get Elyria tickets on New York Theatre Guide.
The Elyria play is set in the Ohio town of the title. Two mothers make a life-changing deal, and in 1982, they meet again in Elyria after living their lives on two different continents, across two oceans, for the past 20 years. Their reunion forces them to face their complicated past and their tightly linked futures.
Playwright Deepa Purohit has family roots of her own in Ohio and India, and she makes her Off-Broadway debut with Elyria in New York. From 2000 to 2012, she co-founded and ran Rising Circle Theater Collective, which developed more than 20 plays by writers of color.
Purohit is also an actress who has appeared in Sex and the City 2, Elementary, and more.
Directing Elyria off Broadway is Awoye Timpo, who previously directed Ngozi Anyanwu's The Homecoming Queen for Atlantic Theater Company. In 2022, she directed the critically acclaimed revival of Alice Childress's Wedding Band at Theatre for a New Audience, and her other Off-Broadway credits include Good Grief and In Old Age.
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2 hours (incl. intermission)
February 9th, 2023
March 19th, 2023
Atlantic Theater Company - Linda Gross Theater
Cast and creative
By: Deepa Purohit
Director: Awoye Timpo
Choreography: Parijat Desai
Producer: Atlantic Theater Company
Cast list: Sanskar Agarwal (as Young Man), Nilanjana Bose (as Vasanta), Sanjit De Silva (as Shiv), Mohit Gautam (as Rohan), Gulshan Mia (as Dhatta), Bhavesh Patel (as Charu), Mahima Saigal (as Young Woman 2), Avanthika Srinivasan (as Young Woman 1), Omar Shafiuzzaman (as Hassanali)
Design: Jason Ardizzone-West
Costumes: Sarita Fellows
Lighting: Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew
Sound: Amatus Karim Ali
Other info: Projection design by Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew
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UPDATE: Avanthika Srinivasan has joined the cast of Elyria as Young Woman 1, replacing Khyati Sehgal. Atlantic Theater Company has set the cast for the world premiere of Elyria, a new play written by Deepa Purohit and directed by Awoye Timpo. The show will play at the Linda Gross Theater off Broadway from February 9 to March 19, with opening night on February 27. The complete cast includes Sanskar Agarwal as Young Man, Nilanjana Bose as Vasanta, Sanjit De Silva as Shiv, Mohit Gautam as Rohan,...