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What should we read? Where to find the names of good queer plays? Worried with these list questions? We spoke to Chanakya Vyas to recommend young people top four plays they should read based on queer themes.

Chanakya is currently the Artistic Director of Indian Ensemble. He is a director, playwright, and teacher based in Bangalore. As a director, his most recent works include Algorithms (2018), Mi’raj (2016-17) and Hayavadana (2014-2015). His first play Tales of Kutty won the first runner-up at Sultan Padamsee Playwriting Awards in 2010. In 2014, he received the Charles Wallace India Trust Award to study Devised Theatre & Performance Making at LISPA. 

Angels in America:
A Gay Fantasia on National Themes

By Tony Kushner

Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes is a two-part play by American playwright Tony Kushner. The play revolves around 1980s AIDS epidemic, the conflict between change and constancy, highlighting the different paths that shape the perspectives of people. It also holds the importance of community and where can people find a shard of optimism that sometimes might not even be rooted in realism but hope, even when it looks bleak. 


Angels in America played at Broadway in 2018. Find out more about Tony Kushner’s thought process here.


Photo credits (Angels in America):

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