Created by Little Did Productions
Directed by Jessica Marie Lorence
Music Directed by Luke Santy
Featuring Sean Devare, Rachael MacBean, Sara Jane Munford, Alison Novelli, Roshni Samlal, and Luke Santy
Puppet/Image Design by Aditi Damle, Sean Devare, Jessica Marie Lorence, and Katarra Peterson
Lighting Design by Mary Ellen Stebbins
Little Did Productions explores the nature of cross-cultural collaboration with A Ramayana, a selection from an epic poem familiar to over a billion people. Using live sitar and overhead projectors, the company presents shadow puppetry in raga form.
Since 2017, Little Did expanded the piece from a wordless ten-minute sequence to a full-length production, workshopped at Object Movement Festival and Barn Arts Collective. By enlisting the help of incredible Indian collaborators in the fields of design, music and puppetry, A Ramayana is a show for all ages and cultures that’s artistically curious yet culturally sensitive.
Photos by Paul Adam Bailey
A Ramayana was made possible in part by the ITE Space Grant for Theater (curated by Leta Tremblay), The Nancy Quinn Fund, the Creative Space Grant and the Creative Opportunity Fund (programs of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation). It was also supported by public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. It was developed in residency with In The Water Theatre Company, Drop Forge and Tool Company, BarnArts and the Center at West Park Object Movement Festival.