American Jataka Tales

Author: Ed Malin

American Jataka Tales

Description: The Buddha is reborn as an American, and following the ancient tales, he must "learn something" in order to be reborn.
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2009
Date Added: 6/15/2011
Content Advisory: some discussion of church heresy and sexual orientation
1 Act, 60 Minutes
2 Females, 2 Males

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Keywords: Brechtian · Characters are Mostly Young Adults · Civil Rights · Death and the Afterlife · Folklore and Legends · Historical · Postmodern · Satire/Parody · Small Cast Size · Surrealism/Absurdism

This play is in the following collections: FringeNYC 2009

Original Production Information

American Jataka Tales was first presented by Temerity Theatre, as part of the New York International Fringe Festival in 2009 at Cherry Lane Studio Theatre, with the following cast and credits:

Cast: John Calvin Kelly, Ugo Chukwu, Susan Slotoroff, Adrienne Sale
Director: Mark Duncan
Graphic Designer: Kristina Leath-Malin