Death lore and cultures from East and West intermingle as personal tales of love and loss unveil on the banks at Varanasi…and the quest begins.
Be transported to the banks of River Ganges in Varanasi, one of the holiest cities in India. So begins your search for answers surrounding life, endings and commitment to begin anew. You will follow four Bay Area Women who journey to honor the last wishes of a dearly loved friend. But for Anna, her many losses in life meant never having the chance to say goodbye. When she disappears, her group is compelled to search for her. Thus all four women set forth, in quest of a reunion with what it means to be alive.
Our all-women cast and crew present a collaboration evolved with passion, exploring humanity’s eternal quest to make sense of mortality. This thought provoking production, combined with ceremony and community dialogue, invites our audience to journey further to find grace in facing final endings. Through pain, anger, fear and letting go we learn from the lessons death teaches us. In so doing, we can free ourselves to be fully alive, more so than we normally dare.
Concept and Direction: Roke Noir
Playwrights: Bridgette Dutta Portman, CP Wren, Roke Noir, Aurora Masum-Javed, Karen Larsen with feedback from all cast members. Produced by Siren Project, an all volunteer organization of women creating communities of wellness.