Dipika Guha

Plays written by Dipika Guha

I ENTER THE VALLEY
THE BETROTHED
HERCULINE AND LOLA*
PASSING
THE RULES
MECHANICS OF LOVE

Synopses:

Full Length

I Enter the Valley (4W, 2M) Beloved national poet Augusto Reál has not written a scrap for seven years. What’s more, he’s been incredibly happy. Or has he? In the twilight of his life, his once quiet house is flooded with the voices of women who descend upon the valley. They upset him, shatter his peace and in the noise something unspoken begins to stir in them all… I ENTER THE VALLEY is a play about the nature of power, creativity and female friendship inspired by the life of Pablo Neruda.

The Betrothed – (4M, 2W) Simon leaves America for the first time to fly to the Old Country to marry the woman he’s been betrothed to from birth. On arrival he finds that she is ancient. She insists that she IS his betrothed, his only love and that she aged overnight due to the stress of his anticipated arrival. Horrified by her age and her abundant sexual interest in him, he kills her. THE BETROTHED is a comic exploration of gender, sexuality and national identity.

Herculine and Lola** – (5W, 2M) While vacationing in Amsterdam, American teenager Lola begins to hallucinate. A century earlier, frustrated and misunderstood, schoolteacher Herculine Barbin retreats into a solitary white room. HERCULINE and LOLA is a story about two people united by the power of their imagination and by love. It is inspired by the Diary of the first ‘true hermaphrodite’ Herculine Barbin.

Passing – (2M, 3W) On an imagined island, ill-matched, British expats Clara and Sidney live isolated from the indiginous population. That is, until a young girl, bloody and brutalised appears on their property. PASSING is a poetic and impressionistic confrontation with the history of colonialism, chronicling a history that resists erasure.

The Rules — (3W, 1M) Ana has a loving relationship with her childhood friends Julia and Mehr. That is, until a brooding stranger named Valmont with a mysterious resemblance to Colin Firth and a strange addiction problem comes to town. Now Ana must examine the unwritten rules of their friendship and the near invisible laws that govern how the women see themselves. THE RULES is a late coming of age story.

Short Plays

A Brief History Of America – (2W, 1M, one act, Tobacco Factory Scriptspace Winner, UK) Spanning over fifty years, A BRIEF HISTORY follows Sarah from childhood, through the care of an ailing step parent to where she must confront her love for her childhood sweetheart, Roberto. A BRIEF HISTORY of AMERICA is a play about immigration, love, loss and the true meaning of home.

An American Dream – (1W, 2M, ten minute play, Old Vic New Voices, TS Elliot Award) Seb meets the ‘hyacinth girl’, a young mysterious woman in Venice Beach and unbeknownst to her, follows her to London. In London he is persuaded by landlord Fes to do a Dustin Hoffman and dress up like a woman to win her love. AN AMERICAN DREAM is a verse comedy inspired by T.S Eliot’s ‘The Wasteland’.

In The Red, White, And Blue – (2W, ten minute play, Heideman Award Finalist) Charlotte and Sophie Trowbridge have not seen each other in two years. Mother and daughter meet on a cold winter’s night in a glass enclosed restaurant where they fight for the survival for their relationship. IN THE RED, WHITE and BLUE is a ten minute tragi-comedy.

BIO:

Guha was born in Calcutta and raised in tea drinking countries. Her plays include I ENTER THE VALLEY (Weissberger nom ’14), MECHANICS OF LOVE (Roundabout Underground Reading Series), BLOWN YOUTH (New Georges/Barnard, published by Playscripts) and THE RULES (SuperLab Playwrights Horizons/Clubbed Thumb, Joust Theatre). She is the inaugural Shakespeare’s Sister Fellowship recipient, a current Playwrights Foundation Resident, a Dramatists Guild Fellow, Time Warner Fellow at the Women’s Project Lab, Ars Nova Playgroup and Young Writers Program at the Royal Court Theatre alum. Her work has been developed at OSF, Old Vic New Voices, Fault Line Theatre, the Lark, Cutting Ball Theatre, the Flea, Hedgebrook Women’s Playwriting Festival, One Coast Collaboration and the Tobacco Factory (UK) amongst others. She has been awarded residencies at the Ucross Foundation, SPACE at Ryder Farm, the Rasmuson Foundation and the Djerassi Resident Artist Program. BA: English Literature (UCL) MFA Playwriting (Yale School of Drama) under Paula Vogel. Current work in progress: UNRELIABLE through the Soho Rep Writer Director Lab and LIFTED with New Professional Theatre. Despite a long run in the north east of the United States she still drinks tea.

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