Opening Night is upon us! After a week of packed houses in previews, not to mention a blizzard during tech, I am about to open my first Off-Broadway show which I wrote and in which I star. I am over the moon with delight on arriving at this point in my journey. Three years after first writing it, WASHER/DRYER has finally arrived in New York where it seemed always to belong.
I'm also so happy to be starring in it! I started writing out of frustration with the types of roles that I was considered for, and so it is with tremendous joy that I finally play a role that I wrote - that of an Indian American woman with an American accent, a healthy sex drive, and an over-riding love for the trophy of her hard work, her washer-dryer.
I am so proud of what I have created, not just for the experience it has been for me, but for the opportunity to create an ensemble with actors who are so often marginalized. Almost every single man who auditioned for the role of Michael mentioned how rare it was to be seen as a romantic lead as an Asian male actor. I'm proud that I get a chance to put a different image of Asian Americans out into the world.
The show runs until February 20th at the Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row. For tickets, please click here for the special Friend of Nandita discount.