The Elephant in the Room

DC Premiere
June 1-23, 2024
Playwright & Performer
Priyanka Shetty
Suli Holum
Original Director & Dramaturg
Theresa M. Davis
DC Premiere

“One-Woman Wonder” Priyanka Shetty’s THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM is a witty, dark comedy about just your typical Indian metalhead and software-engineer-turned-actor who must navigate life as an immigrant arriving in Trump’s America. When Priyanka makes the bold move to defy her family by quitting her IT job and moving to the US to pursue an acting career, things don’t quite turn out how she imagined. Watch Priyanka’s real life story unfold as she transitions from her deeply embedded roots in India to find context and common ground in America. Gear up for a funny, tumultuous ride through immiscible cultures, unforgettable love, irreparable loss, and the desperation of not belonging anywhere.

Boiler Room Series

THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM returns to the Keegan stage after its 2020 developmental workshop and public presentation as part of the Boiler Room Series. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE BOILER ROOM SERIES

Design Sponsor
Jessica Lerner & Daniel Pink
Special Performances

June 9, 2024 | 2:30-5:00 pm
Parents are invited to join us for the Sunday, June 9 matinee and register their Pre-K to 5th grade children for onsite child care with Keegan PLAY-RAH-KA Teaching Artists during the show. (Limited capacity and all children must be registered in advance. Show ticket sold separately.)

Playwright in Residence Welcome Reception for Priyanka Shetty

June 10, 2024 | 7:00 pm
Featuring a film viewing of Priyanka’s recent journey through the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, announcements about future projects in the works for Priyanka and Keegan, and an audience Q&A. All tickets available Pay What You Can

Young Professionals Happy Hour

June 14, 2024 | Happy Hour @ 7:00 pm, Show @ 8:00 pm
Discounted tickets are $40 and include 1 pre-show drink, exclusive access to our mezzanine, and a seat for the evening’s performance

Meet-the-Artist Talkback Moderated by Shilpa Davé

June 23, 2024 | Following the performance
Free and open to all patrons

“Shetty is a formidable performer, who succeeds in switching from humour to rage in a mere minute as she recounts the knock-backs, hostility and sadness with which she navigates the world of the arts and the so-called American Dream.”
— Fest Magazine
Playwright & Performer
Priyanka Shetty
Playwright & Performer
Priyanka Shetty

PRIYANKA SHETTY (Playwright & Performer) is an award-winning actor, director, and playwright based in Philadelphia, PA. Her critically acclaimed one-woman show THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM has been performed at numerous venues across the country including The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and was staged at the 2022 Edinburgh Fringe as part of the Assembly Festival which was followed by a Scotland Tour. Priyanka made her Off-Broadway debut with #CHARLOTTESVILLE at the Drama Desk award-winning 59E59 Theaters’ “East to Edinburgh” Festival in 2021. She was also handpicked for the prestigious Kennedy Center Playwriting Intensive in 2021, and was the semi-finalist for the 2022 Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. Priyanka earned a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Virginia and has served on the faculty of the University of Virginia’s Department of Drama.

Production Team
Suli Holum
Original Director & Dramaturg
Theresa M. Davis
Stage Manager
Gabrielle Busch
Scenic Designer
Dirk Durossette
Lighting Designer
Julie Briski
Lighting Coordinator
Ben Harvey
Sound Designer
Natali D Merill
Heather Mease
Sound Coordinator
Gordon Nimmo-Smith
Associate Sound Coordinator
Zoe Lucas
Costume Designer
Katherine Stefl
Costume Designer
Leigh Paradise
Lavina Jadhwani