Hypokrit (n.): Actor (Ancient Greek)
At Hypokrit Theatre Company, our mission is to encourage artistic inquiry by providing artists from minority communities a platform for their voices and work. Hypokrit works towards shaping and molding the artists of tomorrow by encouraging original and groundbreaking voices that bring an innovative approach to the arts.
Founded in 2014 by Arpita Mukherjee and Shubhra Prakash, Hypokrit made waves by bringing a radically reimagined Bollywood version of Romeo and Juliet, earning the company a certificate of special recognition from Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney. Since then, Hypokrit has produced How to Succeed as an Ethnically Ambiguous Actor starring Zenobia Shroff from “The Big Sick” first at Paradise Factory and then in co-production with The Castillo Theatre, The Music In My Blood at American Theater of Actors, R+J at Access Theater, Elements of Change in collaboration with UNICEF and Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, and Eh Dah? Questions for my Father at NYMF. Eh Dah? was named one of the top 10 musicals at NYMF by Playbill and Time Out, and was reviewed by the New York Times as “a celebration.” It is slated for a run in Spring 2019 at Next Door Series at New York Theatre Workshop.
Hypokrit is also home to Tamasha: A South Asian Performing Arts Festival. Founded in 2015, Tamasha is the ONLY festival for artists of South Asian descent that includes theatre, dance, music, spoken word, and comedy. Previous years featured a fringe structure, hosting 200+ artists over the course of 2 weeks every year. This year, Tamasha reimagined its structure by featuring nine South Asian Female* Playwrights and producing readings of their work with theater companies such as The Public, New Georges, New York Theatre Workshop, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, the Movement Company, and Premiere Stages at Kean University. As a part of Tamasha, Hypokrit also hosted a weekend of musical theater/comedy with LCT3/Lincoln Center as a part of the LCT3 Spotlight Series hosted by Danny Pudi (“Community”) and Parvesh Cheena (“Outsourced”).
Hypokrit strives to embody the rich cultural complexity of the world through the work. Our work is culturally specific, but ultimately about the universality of the human experience. Hypokrit is a company exclusively run by and wholly dedicated to minority communities.
Hypokrit Theatre Company will use the 2019 residency at the Art Center on Governor’s Island to develop new work while cultivating Hypokrit staff and Tamasha playwrights. Hypokrit will be focusing on the intersection of the arts with climate change, the ecology of Governor’s Island, and stories of immigration and displacement through the development of three specific projects – In A Sea of Faces by Jahn Sood, Elements of Change by Divya Mangwani, and A Visitor Pass on the Virgin Mary by Jacqueline Pereda.