Theatre503 and Helen Milne Productions present
Gaman 我慢 – ‘patience’, ‘perseverance’, ‘tolerance’, ‘self-denial’
Tomomi, a young Japanese woman stands at the hull of a ship staring out across the water to her new American life in the years prior to the Hiroshima bombing. There are stars in her eyes and a crackling radio pulled to her chest as she drifts towards a country, and a future, that resists her arrival.
The Art of Gaman is an aching exploration of displacement and loss of cultural identity when you find yourself in a country that considers you an enemy. When forgetting your past is shameful, but remembering brings even greater pain, Tomomi must harness the strength to find beauty in the struggle and carve out a new life for herself and be true to who she really is.
The Art of Gaman was one of 6 plays shortlisted for the American Playwriting Foundation’s prestigious Relentless Award.
Dipika is an award winning playwright raised in India, England and Russia. Her plays include Yoga Play (South Coast Rep, Upcoming: Gateway Theatre Vancouver, Moxie Theatre and SF Playhouse), The Art of Gaman (Upcoming: Theatre503 London, The Kilroys List, Relentless Award semifinalist), Unreliable (Upcoming: Kansas City Rep) and contributions to You Across From Me (Humana, Actors Theatre of Louisville). Recent works includes Azaan, a play for an orchestra at Oregon Symphony, Elizabeth for the McCarter Theatre’s Princeton and Slavery Project and In Braunau, a commission for Playwrights Horizons Theatre School. Current commissions include South Coast Rep, Manhattan Theatre Club/Sloan, Barrington Stage Company, American Conservatory Theater/Z Space and Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Play On! project (The Merry Wives of Windsor). Dipika received her M.F.A. from Yale School of Drama and is a current Hodder Fellow at Princeton University. For television she’s written for American Gods on Starz, Paradise Lost at AMC and is currently writing for Sneaky Pete on Amazon.
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