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Collaborations of Merritt 2021 Festival
Dara by Tonya Ronder/Shaheed Nadim

Director: Neal Gupta

Costume Design: Ilana Lupkin

Lighting/Scenic Design: Mary Shabatura

Click on the images for more information on the costume concepts behind each character. 

Works Cited

Daugherty, Diane. “The Pendulum of Intercultural Performance: ‘Kathakali King Lear’ at Shakespeare's Globe.” Asian Theatre Journal, vol. 22, no. 1, 2005, pp. 52–72. JSTOR,

“Hades , the Greek God of the Underworld.” GreekGods.Info,

Mitra, Shayoni. “Kathakali.” Theatre Traditions in a Global Context. 24 Oct. 2017, New York, Barnard College.


Peacock, John. “Ancient Civilizations.” The Chronicle of Western Costume: From the Ancient World to the Late Twentieth Century, Thames & Hudson, 1991, pp. 9–25.

Tortora, Phyllis G., and Keith Eubank. “Etruria and Rome c. 800  B.C.-A.D. 400.” Survey of Historic Costume: A History of Western Dress, 5th ed., Fairchild Books, 2010, pp. 75–97.


Zarrilli, Phillip B.  Kathakali Dance Drama: Where Gods and Demons Come to Play, Routledge, 2000.

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