Rasaka Theatre Company, the Midwest’s first South Asian American ensemble,
did a reading of Yoni Ki Baat (“talk of vagina”) in May. The piece, inspired
by Eve Ensler’s “Vagina Monologues” but based more specifically on the South
Asian woman’s experience, drew much larger crowds then expected. “At the
reading, we were like, ‘Where did all these people come from? There must be
something here,'” says director Lavina Jadhwani. All the unexpected interest
inspired the creation of a full Yoni Ki Baat production which opened Sunday
and runs through February 1 at Strawdog Theatre. The piece, while uniquely
South Asian, is also uniquely Chicagoan. “Out of twelve monologues, six are
brand new and seven are written by Chicago writers,” Jadhwani explains.
“‘Yoni Ki Baat’ is a conversation starter, a brave piece,” she says. “It
takes the conversation to a slightly different place.” (Meaghan Strickland)
“Yoni Ki Baat” runs at Strawdog Theatre, 3829 N. Broadway, through Feb 1.