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Festival of New American Theatre: NAYIKA

Composer & lyricist cabaret + live talkback*

*Learn more about our COVID safety protocols here.

In collaboration with Arizona State University’s Music Theatre and Opera Department

Music and Lyrics by Vaibu Mohan and Raiah Rofsky
Musical Direction by Greg Paladino

 

March 27, 2021 to March 28, 2021
The Phoenix Theatre Company Courtyard

NAYIKA is a new interpretation of an old story based on the Indian art and dance concept of the Ashtanayikas (Eight Heroines). These female characters have been immortalized through paintings, songs, and dance pieces. But they have always been seen through the eyes of men seeking to package them into eight perfect boxes. No more. Nayika seeks to bring these women into the spotlight and showcase them as who they are: three dimensional characters full of passion, desire, lust, sadness, rage, and everything in between. With an eclectic score that moves from disco to musical theatre to Indian classical with ease, Nayika pays homage to the women who inhabited these stories before us and investigates the many faces of modern femininity.

 

To learn about our COVID-19 health and safety procedures, click here.

The Artists

Vaibu Mohan
As Director/Composer/Lyricist/Book Write/Vasakasajika
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Raiah Rofsky
As Composer/Lyricist
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Greg Paladino
As Music Director
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Brianna McClure
As Abhisarika
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Elise Daniells
As Svadhinapatika
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Ericca Gass
As Kalahantarita
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Hannah Brudnock
As Proshitabhartruka
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Jonice Bernard
As Virahotkantitha
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Liuyi Jiang
As Vipralbdha
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The Artists

Vaibu Mohan
As Director/Composer/Lyricist/Book Write/Vasakasajika
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Raiah Rofsky
As Composer/Lyricist
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Greg Paladino
As Music Director
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Brianna McClure
As Abhisarika
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Elise Daniells
As Svadhinapatika
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Ericca Gass
As Kalahantarita
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Hannah Brudnock
As Proshitabhartruka
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Jonice Bernard
As Virahotkantitha
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Liuyi Jiang
As Vipralbdha
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The Creative Team

Vaibu Mohan - Director/Composer/Lyricist/Book write/Vasakasajika

Raiah Rofsky - Composer/Lyricist

Greg Paladino - Music Director

The Cast

Brianna McClure - Abhisarika

Elise Daniells - Svadhinapatika

Ericca Gass - Kalahantarita

Evening Calabrese - Khandita

Hannah Brudnock - Proshitabhartruka

Jonice Bernard - Virahotkantitha

Liuyi Jiang - Vipralbdha

* Courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors & stage managers in the US.