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The Draupadi Project - The RISER Project

The Draupadi Project is a reimagining of the world-famous Indian epic, The Mahabharat—told from the point of view of an amazing woman. Relevant to today’s war-torn world, The Draupadi Projecttakes us back in time that is half history, half myth, and wholly magical. The piece is based in an exploration of the character of Draupaid from a contemporary perspective as her spirit is channelled through the character of a 19-year old girl who is on trial. Confined in a cell, the young woman wrestles with a multitude of voices, the futility of war, and the role and status of a woman in today’s society.


A Tamasha Arts Production
Created by Sharada Eswar
Directed and dramturged by Karin Randoja
Featuring Sharada Eswar
Projection Design by Melissa Joakim
Stage Managment by Sasha Tate-Howarth

For RISER Project:
Production management by Deborah Lim
Lighting design by Kaileigh Krystofiak
Publicity by FLIP Publicity (Carrie Sager)
Produced by Why Not Theatre (Ravi Jain, Owais Lightwala, Kelly Read)

The Draupadi Project is presented as part of the RISER Project, a collaborative producing model by Why Not Theatre, with the generous support of the Toronto Arts Council and the Government of Canada.

April 17, 2017
to April 26, 2017

Regular $15 | Two Show Pass $20


The Theatre Centre

Performance Dates

Performance Dates:
Monday, April 17 – 7:00pm – Preview
Tuesday, April 18 – 7:00pm – Opening
Wednesday, April 19 – 7:00pm
Thursday, April 20 – 7:00pm
Friday, April 21 – 7:00pm
Saturday April 22 – 7:00pm
Monday, April 24 – 7:00pm
Tuesday, April 25 – 7:00pm
Wednesday, April 26 – 7:00pm

May 9, 2016
Our Long-Term-Relationship Partner, Why Not Theatre, has completely taken over our building, and we couldn’t be happier to have them here! Along with presenting The RISER Project in the Incubator, and Iceland and A Reason to Talk in our Mainspace, they are also offering two exciting workshop presentations! Rimah Jabr’s This Is Not What I Want To Tell You Saturday, May 14th at...

About The RISER Project
In order to create more access and opportunity for artists, Why Not Theatre is looking at new ways of producing theatre in Toronto for independent artists. The RISER Project brings together a community of senior leadership and emerging artists, to support the artistic risk that independent artists must take in order to create and innovate. The model is designed to maximize existing infrastructures by sharing resources, risk and energy to reduce the producing burden on artists. The senior partners of the 2017 round of productions are Necessary Angel, Nightwood Theatre, fuGEN Theatre, Modern Times, and The Theatre Centre. RISER is made possible with the generous support of the Toronto Art Council’s Open Door Program and the Government of Canada.