Photo FeaturesGo Inside the Rehearsal Room for Life of Pi at American Repertory Theater
The play makes its North American premiere beginning December 4 ahead of a Broadway bow.
Leah Putnam, Michael Wiltbank
November 07, 2022
With scripts and puppets in hand, the cast and creative team of Lolita Chakrabarti's Life of Piat American Repertory Theater at Harvard University prepare for the play's North American premiere. Performances will begin December 4 at the Cambridge, Massachusetts theatre for a run through January 29, 2023 ahead of its Broadway debut. Go inside the rehearsal room with the pictures below.
Based on Yann Martel's best-selling and Man Booker Prize-winning novel, Life of Pi follows five survivors of a cargo ship sinking in the Pacific Ocean who have found temporary safety in a lifeboat. Among the lifeboat's five passengers are 16-year-old boy Pi, a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan, and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger.
Starring in the production are Adi Dixit as Pi, Brian Thomas Abraham as Cook/Voice of Richard Parker, Rajesh Bose as Father/Ghost Father, Avery Glymph as Father Martin/Admiral Jackson, Mahira Kakkar as Nurse/Amma/Orange Juice, Kirstin Louie as Lulu Chen, Salma Shaw as Mrs. Biology Kumar/Zaida Khan, Sathya Sridharan as Mamaji/Pandit-Ji, Daisuke Tsuji as Mr. Okamoto/Captain, and Sonya Venugopal as Rani/Ghost Rani.
Rounding out the ensemble are Usman Ali Ishaq, Mahnaz Damania, Uma Paranjpe, and David Shih.
The London creative team helms the A.R.T. production under the direction of Max Webster, with scenic and costume design by Tony Award winner Tim Hartley, and puppetry and movement direction by Finn Caldwell, who designed the puppets along with Nick Barnes. The creative team also includes lighting design by Tim Lutkin, video design by Andrzej Goulding, sound design by Carolyn Downing, original composition by Andrew T. Mackay, and dramaturgy by Jack Bradley.