About Riti

Riti Sachdeva is a theatre maker, dancer, and cultural worker. She was a Time Warner fellow with the Emerging Writers Group at The Public Theater (2012-13) and the Women's Project Theater (2014-16). Additionally, her plays have been developed by The Civilians, PlayWrights Center, National New Play Network, Manhattan Theatre Works, U of Hawai'i, Working Theater, American Theater Company, Poetic Theater, and Lincoln Center Director's Lab. She is recipient of the Kennedy Center's Quest for Peace award for her play Parts of Parts & Stitches and a Mellon Foundation theater travel grant to begin adapting Other Farmers' Fields to the Kathakali dance theatre form. Her play Other Farmer's Fields was a finalist for InterAct Theater's 20/20 Development award, while The Rug Dealer made the 2016 Kilroys List and was a finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival.

Playwright

Plays:

LOVE IN A TIME OF MANIC DEPRESSION

Cast: 9

Using the text from actual interviews of people of color with mental illness and people in their support systems, this experimental piece weaves together the voices in a sometimes eerie, sometimes humorous symphonic narrative.

LA FEA: A FlamenChoreoMyth

La Fea follows a young woman who tackles hardships, unearths secrets and discovers an ancient legacy of flamenco.

OTHER FARMERS' FIELDS

In an elaborate scheme to avenge the suicide of her husband and thousands of other farmers, Asha manipulates her way into the home of Darren Warren, CEO of Turong, a multinational, bio-engineering corporation, that tests, manufactures, and distributes genetically modified seeds. As the maid in the home, Asha takes on the responsibility of caring for Darren's wife, Hope, pregnant with their first child.... read more

PARTS OF PARTS & STITCHES

A joyous, colorful occasion, a wedding day in the Punjab region, 1947, the patchwork of two families eager with anticipation for their pending unification. In PARTS OF PARTS & STITCHES, Yamuna and Jiwan prepare for their lives and future together in a small village of what is soon to become Pakistan. Soon after the couple celebrates their matrimony, the reality of the political and religious upheaval forced... read more

THE RUG DEALER

When Raba Zacharai suddenly passes away, his daughter Shiraz inherits the Persian rug shop he built in New Haven on leaving Iran in 1979. As an unexpected love affair develops with a dangerously beautiful customer and her mother's secret longing to return to Iran after decades of exile grows more urgent, Shiraz must negotiate the costly business of carpets, family, duty, and love.

The Rug Dealer made the 2016 Kilroys List http://thekilroys.org/the-list-2016/

New Play Exchange Profile

Actor

The Medéa Complex was presented at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in May 2011 in a producing partnership with midNite's cHiLd pRoduCtions. From Patricia Crespín's daring, incisive script through Valli Rivera's insightful direction to inspired ensemble work by an outstanding cast, the show was one of the most extraordinary theatrical experiences to unfold on our stages since the Center's opening in 2000. From beginning to end, it was seamless in its flow and relentless in its revelation of the characters' preordained destinies. Riti Sachdeva's searing performance as Medéa was a dramatic tour de force.
- Dr. Reeve Love,
Director of Performing Arts,
National Hispanic Cultural Center.
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