The Band’s Visit's Alok Tewari and Purva Bedi, recently seen onstage in Dance Nation and An Ordinary Woman, are set to star in the world premiere of Jaclyn Backhaus’ India Pale Ale at Manhattan Theatre Club this fall. Will Davis, who helmed Backhaus’ Men on Boats, will direct.
India Pale Ale will play Off-Broadway at MTC's New York City Center – Stage I. Amid a flurry of wedding celebrations, the story follows the clashing ideals of different generations within a family and a tight-knit Punjabi community in Wisconsin.
Completing the cast are Angel Desai (An Ordinary Muslim), Sophia Mahmud (The Blacklist), Nate Miller (Ripcord), Shazi Raja (High Maintenance), Nik Sadhnani (The Invisible Hand), Lipica Shah (Bunty Berman Presents… ), and Sathya Sridharan (An Ordinary Muslim).
Performances of India Pale Ale will begin October 2 ahead of an October 23 opening.
"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," read production notes. "As they come together for feasts filled with singing and dancing... ghosts and pirates from the family's past linger in everyone's thoughts—until one sudden event changes everything."
The design team is made up of Neil Patel (scenic design), Arnulfo Maldonado (costume design), Ben Stanton (lighting design), Elisheba Ittoop (sound design), Dave Bova (hair and makeup design), and Will Davis (Choreography).
For more information, visit ManhattanTheatreClub.com.