Aditi Brennan Kapil at Mixed Blood Theatre

Playwright

Aditi Brennan Kapil is a writer, actress, and director of Bulgarian and Indian descent. She was raised in Sweden, and resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and her work has been produced nationally to critical acclaim. Her play Love Person, a four-part love story in Sanskrit, ASL, and English, was developed during a Many Voices residency at the Playwrights' Center, workshopped at the Lark Play Development Center in NY, and selected for reading at the National New Play Network (NNPN) 2006 National Conference. Love Person was produced in a NNPN rolling world premiere at Mixed Blood Theatre (MN), Marin Theater (CA), and Phoenix Theatre (IN), in the 2007-2008 season. In 2008-2009 it was produced at Live Girls! Theatre in Seattle, Alley Repertory Theatre in Boise, and Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago. Love Person received the Stavis Playwriting Award in 2009. Her play Agnes Under The Big Top, a tall tale was selected as a 2009 Distinguished New Play Development Project by the NEA New Play Development Program hosted by Arena Stage, and was developed by the Lark Play Development Center (NY), Mixed Blood Theatre (MN), InterAct Theatre (PA), the Playwrights' Center (MN), and the Rhodope International Theater Laboratory (Bulgaria). Agnes Under the Big Top premiered at Mixed Blood Theatre and Long Wharf Theatre (CT) in 2011, and Borderlands Theater (AZ) in 2012 in a NNPN rolling world premiere. Aditi’s newest work, the Displaced Hindu Gods trilogy, consists of Brahman/i, a one-hijra stand-up comedy show, The Chronicles of Kalki, and Shiv. The plays, based on the Hindu trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva, premiered in repertory at Mixed Blood Theatre in October 2013. Brahman/i and The Chronicles of Kalki received an unprecedented double nomination for the James Tait Black Prize, University of Edinburgh, UK. Aditi is currently working on commissions with Yale Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, and South Coast Repertory Theatre, and is The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Playwright-in-Residence at Mixed Blood Theatre, an Artistic Associate at Park Square Theatre, a McKnight Fellow & Core Writer at the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, and a Resident Playwright at New Dramatists.  

Theatre

Mixed Blood Theatre, a professional, multi-racial company, promotes cultural pluralism and individual equality through artistic excellence, using theater to address artificial barriers that keep people from succeeding in American society. View, edit or add to their profile on the New Play Map.

More from the Residency

Theatre as Family, or Pumping Across America
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Theatre as Family, or Pumping Across America

16 March 2017

Aditi Kapil reflects on her experience having and raising children as a freelance artist, and how residencies can alleviate certain challenges.

Live-Time Storytelling for a Theatre
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Live-Time Storytelling for a Theatre

1 March 2015

Aditi Kapil's playwriting residency is helping to formulate Mixed Blood's organizational narrative through social media, press materials, and show imagery.

Aditi Kapil, Jack Reuler, and a Pack of Skittles at Mixed Blood Theatre
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Aditi Kapil, Jack Reuler, and a Pack of Skittles at Mixed Blood Theatre

6 August 2014

Hayley Finn interviews Aditi Kapil, Mellon Playwright-in-Residence at Mixed Blood Theatre, and Jack Reuler, Mixed Blood’s Artistic Director, to discuss how their relationship has changed as a result of the residency.

The Business Case for Radical Hospitality, or No-Cost Access to Theater
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The Business Case for Radical Hospitality, or No-Cost Access to Theater

2 March 2014

Part two of this series, curated by Aditi Kapil, playwright-in-residence at Mixed Blood Theatre, examines the pragmatics of how Radical Hospitality works, “The Financial or Business Case,” in a conversation with Managing Director Amanda White Thietje, Community Outreach & Marketing Manager Brie Jonna, and Artistic Director Jack Reuler.

Radical Hospitality
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Radical Hospitality

The Artistic Case

27 November 2013

This initial conversation between Artistic Director Jack Reuler and Playwright-in-Residence Aditi Brennan Kapil examines the artistic case for a theatre in Minneapolis to charge no admission, program ambitious new work that stretches its aesthetics, capacity, and resources, and perhaps more importantly, why this matters?

Aditi Kapil
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Aditi Kapil

In Search of the Artistic Home

19 January 2012

In the latest installment of our Artistic Home series, playwright Aditi Kapil speaks with Jamie Gahlon about finding her home in new play development.