Running time: Two hours and 30 minutes (includes one 15-minute intermission)

A brilliant study of human relationships framed by the age-old battle between tradition and youthful rebellion, Dance Like a Man has been hailed as one of the best works of the dramatic imagination in recent times.

Jairaj and his wife Ratna—aging Bharatnatyam dancers—are focused on their daughter Lata's upcoming performance at a high-profile dance festival. Meanwhile, Lata nervously awaits the meeting between her parents and the man she wishes to marry. In the conversations that follow, the fissures in Jairaj and Ratna's own relationship explode into high-strung battles, stemming back to their youth. The younger couple has their own issues to contend with, as Lata attempts to balance her ambitions with those of her parents. Is the older generation always right? Is the younger generation always rebellious? Do we all become our parents?

Special date to note, Aug 2: A 20-minute post-play discussion will follow the performance.

Cast

Jay Athalye
Jay is a software professional who moved to Seattle in 2011 and fell in love with everything about the city. He has been actively involved with Pratidhwani's dance productions both on and off the stage, most recently acting in Pratidhwani's Yours, Mallika. He has also worked in Marathi theater, first in California, followed by a couple of productions with Xperiments, Seattle. He is super excited about working with Pratidhwani again and especially with the Dance Like a Man team!

Jay Athalye

Tanvee Kale

Tanvee considers herself an artist, although where she's from, school, academics, and education are considered everything. She creates code, she choreographs dances, she expresses emotions! She works as a software engineer during the day, and her evenings—and most of her life—is dedicated to her passion of dance and theater. The sounds of ghungroos and audience applause are her life's most prized moments. Tanvee has been with Pratidhwani since she came to Seattle in 2009 and has participated in, choreographed, acted, and directed multiple Pratidhwani dance wing shows. Tanvee is also actively involved in the local Marathi drama scene, having done multiple plays for the Seattle Maharashtra Mandal as well as Xperiments, Seattle.

Tanvee Kale
Abhijeet Rane
Abhijeet moved to Seattle in 1999 and has been part of the vibrant in Marathi drama community in Seattle for the past 10 years—performing in Seattle, San Jose, Portland, and Vancouver. Most recently, he appeared in The Banyan Tree for Pratidhwani in 2013 and Everything But The Paper in 2014. Abhijeet writes his own stand-up comedy scripts, is an avid photographer and in his spare time manages to market technology products and services. He loves startups and is keenly interested in entrepreneur-driven disruptive innovation.
Abhijeet Rane

Meenakshi Rishi

Meenakshi Rishi was born in bustling Bombay, was raised in delightful Delhi, and is currently ensconced in scintillating Seattle. She is a Professor of Economics at Seattle University. She is an active volunteer for various events organized by Seattle’s South Asian community. She has performed in: Mother in Another Language (Pratidhwani, ACT, 2011), Kingdom of Cards (Pratidhwani, Meydenbauer Center, 2012), and has been involved in staged play readings for Pratidhwani as well as for Mirror Stage. She has also been part of the vision group for Seattle’s Yoni Ki Baat (The South Asian adaptation of The Vagina Monologues) and has participated in the show in 2009 and 2010, as well as directed it in 2013. She has also collaborated on several events organized by the Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas at the Seattle Asian Art Museum. She was an active participant in Words on Water (2013) and assisted SAAM with the presentation of the epic Mahabharata by Jean-Claude Carriere in 2014.

Meenakshi Rishi

 

Pratidhwani is a non-profit cultural organization based in the Seattle area. We are, at our core, a group of professionals of South Asian heritage, who are extremely enthusiastic and passionate about the artistic traditions of our homeland.

The main objective of the organization is the promotion and cultivation of the performing arts of the Indian subcontinent. Pratidhwani recognizes that the performing arts of South Asia encompass a vast and varied number of styles, genres and traditions.

To better organize our efforts, Pratidhwani functions as a collection of artistic wings, each with independent missions, but with cross-wing interaction and cooperation. The present wings of the organization are Light music, Classical music, Dance and Drama.


Indian Ink

This summer Pratidhwani is not only presenting Dance Like a Man, we are also co-producing Indian Ink by Tom Stoppard with Sound Theatre Company, and we would like you to come and see both shows!

If you buy tickets to either of these plays, you are automatically eligible for a $5 discount on the other! You will receive the discount code via email after you purchase your ticket.

Indian Ink plays at the Center Theatre in The Armory (Seattle Center) from Aug 13–30.

For more details, please visit http://www.soundtheatrecompany.org/2015-sound-theatre-seattle-season-now-showing/indian-ink.