ABCD (AMERICAN BORN CONFUSED DESI) Extends for 3 More Performances

The extension runs one weekend and includes three additional performances on December 1 (7pm) and December 2 (3pm And 7pm).

By: Nov. 26, 2023
ABCD (AMERICAN BORN CONFUSED DESI) Extends for 3 More Performances
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After a successful, sold-out, two week limited engagement, ABCD (American Born Confused Desi), a co-production with Greenway Arts Alliance's company in residence KriyaShakti Performing Arts will be extended for an additional three performances. Written by Lily Abha Cratsley and directed by J. Mehr Kaur, the extension will take place on December 1, 2023 and December 2, 2023. Post show discussion will follow both evening shows. Tickets are now on sale at the link below.

ABCD offers an untold narrative in the canon of South Asian-American theater: What does it mean to be an "American Born Confused Desi"? In ABCD, three generations of Indian women reunite to attend Tara's Arangetram (the debut solo performance for students of the Indian classical dance style Bharatanatyam). While preparing a celebratory dinner in her absence, Tara's sister, mother, and grandmother clash and comfort one another. Willow, Tara's younger sister and bold academic, is eager to learn all that her Nani can teach her about her culture. Aditi, a freshly divorced mom, finds herself stuck between an overbearing mother and a critical daughter in her new home. Nani, the family's matriarch, must face Jersey City once again after having moved back to India. What will happen when loss, love, and longing are shared across the dinner table?

The cast for ABCD (American Born Confused Desi) includes Nikita Chaudhry as Willow, Sonal Shah as Aditi, and Suni M! as Nani.

In addition to playwright and executive producer Lily Abha Cratsley and director J. Mehr Kaur, the creative team for the co-production of ABCD (American Born Confused Desi) includes producer Shivani Thakkar, who is also the choreographer and the understudy for Aditi; dramaturgy by Arnab Banerji; scenic design and props by Jane Hamor; light design by Hayden Kirschbaum; sound design by Nick Diaz; stage management by Kai Morfín; assistant stage management by Simran Fulton; costume consulting by Jagdeep Raina; technicians Max Tel and Michael Jacob; and multimedia by Karan Balaji.

ABCD (American Born Confused Desi) will play at Greenway Court Theatre (544 N Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles). The extension follows the two-weekend limited engagement which ran November 11 - 19, 2023. ABCD (American Born Confused Desi) is a one-act play with no intermission. The performance schedule for the extension is as follows:

Friday December 1 at 7:00 p.m. - with Post-Show Discussion

Saturday, December 2 at 3:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 2 at 7:00 p.m - Closing Night with Post-Show Discussion

Tickets for Greenway Arts Alliance's 2023-2024 Season Premiere, ABCD (American Born Confused Desi), start at $25 and are available at the link below. To purchase a Greenway Arts Alliance 2023-2024 Season subscription, visit the link below or call 323-673-0544. For more information on the play, visit


Greenway Arts Alliance (GAA) was Co-Founded in 1997 by artists-activists Whitney Weston and Pierson Blaetz, both of whom serve as Co-Artistic Directors for the organization. The organization is a community-based nonprofit, whose mission is to unite communities through its art (Greenway Court Theatre), education (Greenway Institute for the Arts) and enterprise (Melrose Trading Post) programs. GAA is based on the campus of Fairfax High School. Greenway Institute for the Arts (GIA) fosters education through creativity by offering both in-school and after-school multidisciplinary arts programs. Classes and workshops are offered at no cost to Fairfax High School students. Presented with opportunities to engage with professional artists, young people can discover their individual voices and passions. Through Greenway's unique partnership with Fairfax High, students are exposed to a myriad of opportunities for creative collaboration through Greenway Court Theatre and at the Melrose Trading Post.

Greenway Court Theatre was initially built by Fairfax High School students in 1939 as a class project and used as a Social Hall by both students and faculty. It sat virtually unused for many years until it was finally renovated into a professional 99-seat theatre by Greenway Arts Alliance in 2000, to benefit both the school and the surrounding community. Greenway Court Theatre has a rich history of presenting and producing diverse bodies of work. Greenway has opened its door to many main-stage productions, weekly open mic poetry, festivals and world premieres that have moved to larger venues and toured across the country. Mohammed Ali Ojarigi serves as Producing Director of the Greenway Court Theatre.

KriyaShakti Performing Arts is dedicated to the creation and presentation of Theater and Dance work representing and reflecting the female South Asian perspective. Founded by Artistic Director Shivani Thakkar, KriyaShakti's drive is to amplify the South Asian female voice through supporting the creative expression of SA artists, selecting material that shares the stories of our diaspora, and presenting performances that employ traditional and contemporary SA artistic forms. Expansive in its range of artistic expression, KriyaShakti Performing Arts presents works of Theater, Dance, Dance-Theater, and multi-media. For more information on KriyaShakti please visit

Lily Abha Cratsley (she/her) is a playwright and performer who dives into dissonance. Her creative work centers liminal spaces like the tumultuous water between America and India where she locates her identity. Her newest works include ABCD, a full-length play about intergenerational trauma in Desi-American communities, and The Fairy Who Cried Gems, her solo-show centering young Desi women. The former was a featured finalist in two competitive festivals: the Occidental College New Works Festival and the Garry Marshall Theatre New Works Festival. Lily attended Georgetown University and Occidental College, where she completed an Independent Pattern of Study in Performing Arts & Social Justice. In addition to her writing, she is an accomplished actor and vocalist, performing in countless stage plays, musicals, concerts, and choirs across the country.

J. Mehr Kaur (she/her) is a director & producer for theatre, film & new media. Mehr is drawn to tell stories that mythicize the lives of ordinary people and highlight the transformative nature of human beings. Her devised adaptation "Kultar's Mime" addresses the power of art in the wake of injustice during the 1984 Anti-Sikh pogrom and has been seen internationally including Mumbai's National Performing Arts Center, the British and Scottish Houses of Parliament, and the World's Parliament of Religions. In New York and LA she's worked at La Mama Experimental Theatre Club, Ars Nova, MTC, Juilliard, The O'Neill, Astoria Performing Arts Center, the Hudson Guild Theatre and in various Brooklyn basements. Recently, she directed the LA premiere of An Intervention by Mike Bartlett, which won the Hollywood Encore Producer's award at the 2022 Hollywood Fringe Festival and the short film I'm Dead Right? starring Sakina Jaffrey. Mehr is a past Colt Coeur Resident Artist, Williamstown Theatre Festival Directing Corps member, Manhattan Theatre Club Directing Fellow, and a recipient of a Fulbright-Nehru Directing Grant. She works in content at Netflix. MFA: Peter Stark Producing Program, USC School of Cinematic Arts; BA: Smith College.

Shivani Thakkar (she/her) is a multi-hyphenate artist with international credits as an Actor, Choreographer, Dancer, Producer, Director and Educator. The artistic director of KriyaShakti Performing Arts ( and MKM Bollystars Dance Company (, Shivani Thakkar has produced, choreographed, and directed multiple stage length shows, touring productions, and film/TV projects. Credits include the Hollywood Bowl, Skirball Center, the Smithsonian, various dance festival (Canada, USA, India), Disney's Step Up 3D, Four Samosas (HBO/Tribeca Film Festival), Big Time Rush (Nickelodeon), She has served on various arts juries including Canada Council for the Arts, Los Angeles Arts Commission.


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