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Mrs. Krishnan’s Party

Indian Ink Theatre Company (New Zealand)

Jan 15 – Feb 3, 2019 | Culture Lab [map]

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Best Prices: Jan 17 to 23!

Canadian premiere. Indians throw crazy parties. Heard of Diwali? A million lamps floating on a river and fireworks to wake the dead. Heard of Holi? An explosion of colour and joy and massive dry cleaning bills. How about Onam? No? It’s the harvest festival, and this one could be the craziest of them all! Mrs. Krishnan’s boarder, an overzealous wannabe DJ named James, has invited a few friends into the back room of the corner shop as a special surprise to celebrate Onam and the return home of her son. But when strangers turn up (the audience) and settle in, Mrs. K has no choice but to throw the party of her life!

Over one joyous evening, Mrs Krishnan’s Party magically transforms strangers into friends with a little Daal, a little dancing, and some serious laughs.

From the creators of The Elephant Wrestler comes a spontaneous theatrical celebration you won’t soon forget!

Don’t be late for the party! No latecomers admitted.

The rich smell of the cooking—turmeric, cumin, garam masala, mmmm—is part of the fun. But the real magic is made by very funny Nagarajan with her killer smile and sly interactions with the audience”—Jerry Wasserman, The Vancouver Sun

Just a delight to share this space and this time with 100 BFF strangers and these ever-so-clever actors with an ever-so-clever script of learned lines spiced up with improv. Just. Plain. Fun : Do. Not. Miss.”—Baird Blackstone, Broken Leg Reviews

I feel revived…I don’t know when I’ve left the theatre feeling so refreshed and renewed”— Colin Thomas

This is a party you won’t want to miss”—Kathleen Oliver, The Georgia Straight

A delightfully immersive experience” — Mark Robins, Vancouver Presents

You’ll dance, laugh like crazy, and become a part of the event…It’s beautiful in that it welcomes anyone and everyone”— Ash Tisdale, Two Cents & Two Pence

Mrs. Krishnan’s Party is a beautiful reminder that family can be found and made anywhere by being open and accepting of each other, happiness is fleeting but the joy that we can find together in a moment lasts much longer in our hearts” — Charlie Upton, Two Cents & Two Pence

Which brings us to the play’s format — part scripted, part improvised, and all party, and one in which the audience is invited to participate… ‘It’s a big party and whatever the audience gives us we take and run with. It’s different every night’”—Vancouver Sun

Be ready for a party. Don’t be shy…You’re going to have a good time. You’re going to enjoy yourself. You’re going to want to call your mom. Also, don’t come too full”—Mrs. Krishnan’s Party performer, Kalyani Nagarajan, in interview with The Georgia Straight

So different, so original, so creatively fresh, and so much fun no one wanted to go home”—Waikato Times (NZ)

The show’s generous spirit offers a timely reminder that live theatre is a gift which engenders connection, sharing, and celebration of community”—NZ Herald

Captur[es] the magic of community celebration quite unlike any other production I’ve attended”—Craccum (NZ)

A fun, feel-good, multi-sensory theatrical soiree that uses interactive theatre—and food—to bring everyone together”—Appetite for the Arts (NZ)


Jan 15 – 16, 8PM: Preview
Jan 17, 8PM: Opening
Jan 18, 22 – 26, 29 – 31, Feb 01 – 02, 8PM
Jan 19, 20, 26 – 27, Feb 02 – 03, 2PM

Post-show Artist Talkback: Jan 20, 22, 27, 29

Running Time: 75m, no intermission


Writers: Justin Lewis & Jacob Rajan
Director: Justin Lewis
Performers: Kalyani Nagarajan & Justin Rogers
Production & Stage Manager: D. Andrew Potvin
Set and Props Designer: John Verryt
Lighting Designer: Jane Hakaraia
Costume Designer: Fiona Nichols
Sound Designer: Liam Kelly
Dramaturge: Murray Edmond

Seating Description:
Tier 1: Top Table—these seats are positioned directly at the dining table
Tier 2: Inner Circle—these seats are on stage level circling the inner performance area.
Tier 3: Cheeky Seats—these seats are also positioned on stage level but are not raised and are behind the Inner Circle
Tier 4: Party Animals—standing room only, positioned between the Cheeky Seats


Production Supporter:
Elsie and Audrey Jang Fund

Community Partner:


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