The Cancer Institute based in Chennai, India presents, Seeds and Flowers, a KREA Creations theatrical production. Dheepa Ramanujam, the Director of the play and founder of KREA says, “This is our first production in English. We have produced many plays in Tamil in the Bay Area, with characters drawn from the Indian milieu. Here, we have taken the bold step of producing an English play, with characters drawn from immigrant Indian American families.”
The play tells a story about Indian immigrants, some who have achieved their goals and some who have not. It’s also a story about how women find an identity for themselves in a new world and pursue their passion. The play is set in the Bay area and the theme comes to life through these characters.
Raj, the breadwinner, and Priya, a homemaker, struggle to decide between staying in the Bay Area and relocating to India. Raj has had three layoffs after moving to America, and is very skeptical about facing new challenges. At least once a day, they decide to move to India, only to snuff out the idea a little later.
Jay is a successful executive in a high-tech firm, and his wife Charu wants him to spend more time with her. But, Jay believes that his career needs to come first, and feels that he can always spend time with his family once he meets his ambitious goals.
Kari is the leader of a technology company, consumed by the idea of power and his ego, believing that everyone else is bound to help him become successful.
The story is set in motion when Kari decides to do a mergers and acquisitions deal to fuel his egotism, and drives Jay to take care of the details, which impacts Raj who is now laid off for the fourth time. This turn of events impacts everyone, and they struggle to deal with the effect on their lives.
Dheepa says, “I have had the experience of working professionally in India on stage and in film. When I produced and directed my first play in the Bay Area in 2001 supported by the Bay Area Tamizh Manram, the response was very positive. I wanted to do more, and was helped in this effort by my husband Ramanujam, and Naveen Nathan. They believed in the need for producing plays here, adhering to high standards of quality and professionalism.” From that starting point, fuelled by the overwhelming interest from audience members, KREA has produced many plays, notable among them being Sruthi Bedham, about the life of a professional Karnatik musician.
Seeds and Flowers is the first English play by KREA. The theme is bound to resonate with audience members. The script is by Ramanujam. The actors in the play—Dheepa Ramanujam, Vidhya Subramanian, Roopesh Varier, Karthik Ramachandran, and KC Chandratreya are supported by a cast of supporting actors.
The immigrant experience is fraught with choices, and it should be a compelling experience to see actors on stage mirror our experiences in real life, and resolve conflicts as well.