A new play that follows the clashing ideals of different generations within a family and a tight-knit Punjabi community in Wisconsin amid a flurry of wedding celebrations.
From the producers: In a small Wisconsin town, a tight-knit Punjabi community gathers to celebrate the wedding of a traditional family’s only son, just as their strong-willed daughter announces her plans to move away and open a bar. As they come together for feasts filled with singing and dancing, one generation’s cherished customs clash with another’s modern-day aspirations, and ghosts and pirates from the family’s past linger in everyone’s thoughts – until one sudden event changes everything.
Jaclyn Backhaus is a playwright of Punjabi, Germany and desert botanical descent. Her works include "Men on Boats," "Folk Wandering," "You Across From Me," and "You On the Moors Now." "India Pale Ale" is the 2018 winner of the Horton Foote Prize for Promising New American Play.
The world premiere stars Purva Bedi, Angel Desai, Sophia Mahmud, Nate Miller, Shazi Raja, Nik Sadhnani, Lipica Shah, Sathya Sridharan and Alok Tewari. Will Davis directs and choreographs.
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