A Bare Stage

A Bare Stage

Written and directed by Sukanya Chakrabarti

April 18, 19, 2015, Nitery, Stanford, CA

A Bare Stage is about a woman who reconstructs her story by taking instances from her life and putting them up on stage. But the stories that she tells are those about deferred dreams and disillusionment.

About A Bare Stage

The structure of the play is not linear, and goes back and forth in time to create this sense of remembrance, which does not necessarily follow chronology. Since the story is told both in the form of recollection and reproduction of recorded/archived material, the question that the play raises is that of authorship – whose story is this?

About Auditions

Students and Stanford community members are invited to audition for a new, original play, written and directed by Stanford TAPS PhD candidate, Sukanya Chakrabarti. This is an hour-long experimental play, which will be presented on April 18 and 19. Rehearsals will take place from second week of February until the show in April 2015.

The show is looking for 3 actors: 1 female actor to play between the age of 25 and 35 years, and 2 male actors to play between the age of 25 and 40 years. Actors of all backgrounds and experience are welcome; musical and dance skills are desirable.

If you would like to be a part of this original, experimental, story-telling / performance poetry / magic realism project, please schedule a time slot by e-mailing Sukanya at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Sides will be provided and no advance preparation is necessary.



Sukanya Thumbnail I am an artist-scholar and Assistant Professor in Theatre Studies at the School of Theatre and Dance, San Francisco State University. I received my doctoral degree in Theater and Performance Studies at Stanford in June 2016. My dissertation, completed under the guidance of Dr. Jisha Menon, was awarded the Charles R. Lyons Memorial Prize for Outstanding Dissertation. My research project was supported by the Graduate Research Opportunities Award in Stanford, which facilitated my fieldwork in India and Bangladesh during the summer of 2013 and 2014; and the Wisch Fellowship by the Center for South Asia, Stanford University, for my work in South Asian theater and performance studies. My training and specialization are in the area of oral history; postcolonial and ethnic studies (with a focus on South Asian performance studies); ethnomusicology; dramatic literature; transcultural theater and performance; experimental devised performances; and community-based performance-making.


It would be wonderful to hear back from you, and you can always reach me via email.

Sukanya C.