“Harvest” by Manjula Padmanabhan

"Harvest" by Manjula Padmanabhan
“Harvest” by Manjula Padmanabhan

If you could sell your organs, would you? What if you were alive? This is the premise of this upcoming weekend’s production of “Harvest” by Delhi-based playwright Manjula Padmanabhan.

Her award-winning play is a healthy mix of the film “Repo Men” and George Orwell’s classic novel “1984.” Set in a near-future dystopian slum, ravaged by food riots and diminishing job opportunities, Om Prakash (played by one of my best friends, sophomore Shane Totten) is forced to sell the rights to his organs to rich foreigner.

While their quality of life gets better, the constant threat of losing Om scares the rest of the family and throws them into turmoil. At risk of spoiling the play I’ll stop there, but I hope I’ve sparked your interest.

Since it is the first production of the new year, I’m extremely excited to get to play a part in this play. This play has been a part of the curriculum for years now and Director Paul Hildebrand has said countless times that he is excited to see it put on stage.

My character is Om’s older brother, Jeetu, a 22-year-old drug-addicted male prostitute who lives on the streets. This play is an emotional roller coaster with a bizarre science-fiction aspect.

The rehearsal process has been tough, tiring and emotionally taxing on all those involved, but with opening night just a day away we’re finally seeing the fruits of our labor pay off.

The show opens Friday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m., with two other shows Saturday and Sunday at the same time. Like our other HC Theatre productions, tickets are free to those with a Hanover College ID;  other prices and info about the show can be found here.

“Harvest” is consistently one of the most popular plays read in the theatre department, and you sure won’t be disappointed, either. This is going to be a great show, and the cast and crew would love to see you come out and support us.

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