“[G]enuinely moving… stick with this one. … there’s a throbbing play here with a bleeding heart and a laudable awareness of how we sometimes only get one shot at happiness or escape, and of how macroeconomics and geopolitics don’t always embrace personal need.” - Chicago Tribune, Read More
"Highly Recommended...[I]t is the conversation between surrogate mother and unborn child — some of it acerbic, some of it poignant, all of it hugely engaging — that shows Yee at her sparkling best.” - Chicago Sun-Times, Read More
"Critics' Pick...A “savvy and affecting piece about modern reproduction. … the play’s playful style doesn’t diminish the weight of its substance." - TimeOut Chicago, - Read More
"Yee has a deft hand with exposition, telescoping complicated setup into light, punchy scenes...The bold theatricality of Yee’s script keeps the audience engaged and giggling..." - Los Angeles Times, Read More
- Mild Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.
- Time Period: Present Day
- Duration: 90 minutes
- Setting: Northern California and western India.
- Additional Features: No intermission
CRAIG - mid to late 30s, male, Caucasian, her husband
SURAIYA - twentysomething but appears younger, female, Indian, their surrogate (also plays BABY)
AMIT - appears to be the same age as Suraiya, male, Indian, a fetus (also plays INDIAN WOMAN IN LABOR, SURROGATE 1, MAILMAN)
FRENCHMAN - any age, male, very French, a figment of Katie’s imagination (also plays DOCTOR, ORPHAN, SURROGATE 2)
- Role(s) for Asian Actor(s)
- Roles for Teens
- Multicultural casting
Samsara first premiered at Victory gardens Theater in CHicago, IL in February of 2015 under the direction of Seth Bockley.