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Theater

'Muthaland' continues 16th Street Theater’s anniversary season

BERWYN – 16th Street Theater’s 10th anniversary season continues with Minita Gandhi’s "Muthaland," directed by Heidi Stillman.

The show will run through Oct. 7 at the North Berwyn Park District theater at 6420 16th St. in Berwyn.

The play tells how the life of a young Indian-American woman is forever changed when, on a retreat to her homeland, she unearths family secrets, encounters a prophet and ultimately discovers her own voice within a culture of silence, according to a news release from the theater.

In 2014, while foraging through her parents’ basement, Gandhi discovered her father’s worn suitcase from his very first journey to the United States, with a single statement scribbled in black Sharpie: “When I die, discard this bag if you like. Until then, it stays.”

This sparked a curiosity, leading to interviews with her parents, who shared stories from a history of which they had never spoken, the release stated. By weaving their stories with Gandhi’s own life-changing journey to her homeland of India for her brother’s arranged marriage, "Muthaland" is full of prophets, music, ritual, the convergence of American and Indian cultures, and a woman who confronts the darkness to find the light, according to the release.

"Muthaland" is the third offering in 16th Street’s anniversary season, following the sold-out, extended runs of both "Into The Beautiful North" and "Blizzard ’67."

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