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Lenfest Center for the Arts
615 W. 129 Street


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May 11 2024


3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Formats (virtual, in person, hybrid)


New Plays Festival: Oil on Canvas

by Aditya Lal Chadha

Friday, May 10 @ 3:30 pm
Friday, May 10 @ 8 pm
Saturday, May 11 @ 3:30 pm

Oil on Canvas follows a painter named Prachi whose promising career in fine art has been cut short after a vicious attack. This results in her moving back to New Delhi to live with her overbearing but cosmopolitan Punjabi mother. One day she’s informed that someone important from her past has come to see her. What follows is a harsh but human journey through her mind and memories as she explores what it means to be alive when all that we thought was beautiful in the world has been dashed to smithereens.

When advance registration for a performance has closed, tickets are often still available at the door. A standby list will be started in-person at the box office beginning one hour before the performance.

About the Playwright

Aditya Lal Chadha is a Brooklyn based actor and writer. He graduated with a BFA in Dramatic Arts from The New School (2020) and is currently a Third Year candidate for an MFA in Playwriting at Columbia. His written works include The Oligarchs (The New School 2020), The Bruise (Theatre@Shapiro, Columbia University, 2022), Rot (A Play to Touch the Stove to) (Studio@Shapiro, Columbia University 2023), Plaster Saint (In Collaboration with Benjamin Viertel and Anouk Kesou) and now Oil on Canvas . Born in India, and having lived around the globe, a lot of Aditya’s work is focused on trying to figure out what the purpose of life is and why we live it.

About the New Plays Festival
Columbia University School of the Arts presents an expanded festival of new plays written by Columbia MFA Playwriting Students. The esteemed faculty who have nurtured these students, including Tony©, Pulitzer, and Obie Award winners such as James Ijames, Rebecca Taichman, Sarah DeLappe, Steve Martin, Will Eno, Karey Kirkpatrick and David Henry Hwang invite you to experience these innovative new playwrights.

Organized by Leslie Ayvazian, Theatre.