YONI KI BAAT: 2010 - Midwest Premiere

Produced in association with Premiere Theatre and Performance
Opened January 2010 at Strawdog Theatre
Curated and Directed by Lavina Jadhwani
Produced by Kamal Hans

A monologue cycle for South Asian women, loosely inspired by Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues. Updated material and cast from the 2009 Chicago premiere.

“The cast is highly enjoyable, bringing an easy authenticity and accessibility to moments that could otherwise seem alien to other cultures. Director Jadhwani keeps the evening brisk and fun to watch, breaking up the action with bursts of Bollywood music and slinky staging.” —Caitlin Montanye Parrish, Time Out Chicago


“The cast of Lavina Jadhwani’s Rasaka Theatre production deliver the candid, witty, sometimes sexually explicit script with disarming, deceptively casual simplicity.” —Albert Williams, Chicago Reader

“An intimate, titillating and most importantly thought provoking look at female sexuality from a South Asian perspective… Lavina Jadhwani’s gentle staging is reverent and efficient.” —Joe Stead, Steadstyle Chicago




Featuring Amanda Bobbitt, Amrita Dhaliwal, Seema Kumbhat, Mouzam Makkar and Alka Nayyar. Photos by Jon Tyler Core.

Yoni Ki Baat: 2009

Produced in association with Premiere Theatre and Performance
Opened January 2009 at Strawdog Theatre
Directed by Lavina Jadhwani
Produced by Kamal Hans

A monologue cycle for South Asian women, loosely inspired by Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues.

“Director Lavina Jadhwani’s Rasaka Theatre production creates warm, engaging snapshots of desi women and their desires.” —Kerry Reid, Chicago Reader

“Also admirable is director Lavina Jadhwani and her four performers’ rejection of gratuitous emotionality—no spare hankies will be needed tonight—to instead allow their authors’ insightful words to convey the truth of a world virtually unknown to even the most enlightened U.S. audiences.” —Mary Shen Barnidge, Windy City Times

“Director/Curator Lavina Jadhwani assembles a remarkably gifted cast to deliver the cleverly collected anecdotes… it is revolutionary to hear the voices of these uncompromising writers delivered by this unapologetic and outstanding ensemble.” —Venus Zarris, Chicago Stage Review