House of Joy

by Madhuri Shekar

At first glance, The House of Joy is a dazzling utopia. But when a new guard joins the emperor’s army, she discovers it’s more prison than paradise. This genre-busting adventure fantasy is filled with stunning locales, electrifying combat, steamy romance and badass girl power.

Content Transparency: This production contains adult sexual content, language, moments of violence, haze/fog and suggestive moments of smoking. Read more below. 

Approximate Running Time: 2 Hours 30 Minutes (including a 15-minute intermission)

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Cast & Creative


  • Director - Lavina Jadhwani 
  • Scenic Designer - Dahlia Al-Habieli
  • Associate Scenic Designer - Natalie Rose Mabry
  • Costume Designer - Oona Natesan
  • Lighting Designer - Sarah Hughey
  • Sound Designer - Pornchanok (Nok) Kanchanabanca
  • Projections Designer - Stefania Bulbarella
  • Fight/Intimacy Director - Gaby Labotka
  • Choreographer - Aparna Kalyanaraman
  • Dramaturg - Salma S. Zohdi
  • Associate Director - Karina Patel
  • Assistant Scenic Designer - Chen-Wei Liao
  • Assistant Lighting Designer - Vianey Salazar
  • Assistant Sound Designer - Daniel Etti-Williams
  • Assistant Projections Designer - Brian Pacelli
  • Projections Programmer - Devin Kinch
  • Projections Animator / Illustrator - Joaquin Dagnino
  • Stage Manager - Emilee Buchheit*
  • Assistant Stage Manager - Lorraine Fiore
  • Production Assistant Shavante Brogley


  • Shapeshifter - Regina A. Fernandez* 
  • Gulal - Miriam A. Laube* 
  • Mariyam - Emily Marso* 
  • Roshni - Tina Muñoz Pandya*
  • Noorah - Aila Ayilam Peck*
  • Salima - Omer Abbas Salem* 
  • Hamida - Sumi Yu*

*denotes member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. 


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