Yoga Warriors

by Deborah Burkman, Katherine Burkman, Richard Esquinas, Susie Gerald & Ann C. Hall

Synopsis

YOGA WARRIORS takes place at a yoga retreat and has scenes in the yoga studio, bedroom, hot tub, massage room, and woods. It is about the search for peace, both in personal relationships and in the world. Not taking itself too seriously, the drama has lots of comic as well as serious elements to it. One couple, Judi and Joan, who are close friends, argue over whether one will produce a child for the other. Daisy is blind and defensive, very attached to her guide dog, Darla. She is being courted by Chase, who has met her in a yoga class. Radica, a yoga teacher herself, has dragged her reluctant boyfriend Joe to the retreat, and during the play they agree to part. A slightly older woman, Mona, in her 50s, is very uncomfortable in her body and seeks solutions. Everyone is in love with the yoga teacher, Phil, who throughout most of the play is a voice. The play ends with the general feeling that all have become a community and are contributing to both inner and world peace.


“Very funny sections, the script walked the thin line between making fun of some of the pretentiousness of people obsessed with a particular form of exercise and respect for the life style that the form makes possible.” - Allan Woods, Professor of Theatre at The Ohio State University

Cast of Characters

  • PHIL: A yoga instructor, mostly present as a VOICE

  • JOAN: in her 30s, new to yoga

  • JUDI: in her 30s, proficient at yoga

  • RADICA: in her 30s, a yoga teacher

  • JOE: in his 30s, Radica’s boyfriend

  • CHASE: in his 40s, interested in Daisy

  • DAISY: in her 40s, accompanied by her Guide Dog, Darla

  • MONA: in her fifties or sixties

  • KATE: generally silent

    (Because Kate only has one line at the end, she could be easily dropped from the cast. An alternative ending would keep Phil as a voice only–he could be greeted by the ensemble with a Namaste to end the play. Hence the play may be done with either 7, 8, or 9 characters. As a teacher of yoga, Radica would need to be at a high level of her practice, but the others could range from beginners to medium levels of achievement. Daisy may not actually be blind. The play may be performed in a theatre or as a site-specific piece in a yoga studio or large room that could be a yoga studio)

Setting

The time is now. In fact, in the moment. A yoga retreat. The characters move on a fluid stage from yoga class to the woods to a hot tub to a meditation room to a bedroom. Properties and words designate the place. Blocks may be used as well for place (3 suggesting a tree, 2 a bench, 6 a bed, etc.). The cast would move the blocks about. Slides of the Indian God Genesh (part elephant) may be projected during the first song in Act 1 and slides of a turning globe may be projected during the second song, which begins Act 2, or not. Yoga music or a live player (one of the characters) could play a Shrewdi, an Indian instrument, and chant during scene changes.

 

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Yoga Warriors
~ Cover Art by Deborah Burkman ~

ISBN #1-60513-244-6; JAC #2014-0001

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