Song of Joy is an autobiographical play written and performed by Carol Mazhuvancheril, that explores what it’s like growing up immigrating to multiple countries from a young age, and how that shapes an individual and their family. Throughout the play, Carol explores what it means to define “home” in places that are foreign, and far from his original home of Kerala, South India.
In the pursuit of finding a home, Carol embodies colorful characters from his life to illustrate his various experiences navigating a life that is constantly in motion. They range from learning carnatic music on the terrace of an old boarding school in India, auditioning to be a ballerina in Texas (after watching the film Black Swan), and seeking acceptance from those he loves while coming into his new found “American” identity.
Heartbreaking, funny, & painfully honest- it is a love letter to all immigrant parents who make immeasurable amounts of sacrifices in order to better the lives of their children. And how the children of those immigrants often have to balance what they owe their parents, with what they owe to themselves.
Song of Joy is presented, in part, with support from The Tank and The Center at West Park.
Carol Mazhuvancheril is a NYC based actor and theater-maker, working on both stage and film. Some of Carol's on-screen credits include The Time Traveler’s Wife (HBO), FBI: Most Wanted (CBS), Russian Doll (Netflix), and he recently completed principal photography on Last Laugh, playing the lead in Paul Lewis Anderson’s upcoming short film. On stage Carol was last seen in the multiple Tony winning Broadway production of Matthew Lopez’s The Inheritance, directed by Stephen Daldry. Some of his other theater credits include Kate Hamil’s Pride and Prejudice, directed by Estefenía Fadul for Heritage Theater Festival; multiple site specific productions directed by Lillian Meredith for NYC based Motor Company; and Marc Wellman’s The Lesser Magoo, directed by Meghan Finn for Brooklyn College.
Nick Browne is a New York-based director, producer, educator, and theatre-maker. Nick is interested in socially engaged theatre, with a focus on ensemble-generated work. Previous credits include the Black Box 10 min Play Festival and The Laramie Project with Brooklyn College Theatre Department, Punk Rock by Simon Stephens at Chinatown Soup, Because You're Not at the Island Fringe Festival in PEI Canada, and a site-specific production of Ike Holter's Hit the Wall, at the National Landmark, the Stonewall Inn.
Playwright / Performer
Nick J. Browne
Set & Lighting Designer
Sponsored by Fractured Atlas, a 501(c)(3) non profit organization, all donations to Song of Joy are tax-deductible. All funds raised will be used to cover the show’s design expenses such as set, lighting, props, costumes, & compensating our incredible creative team for their expertise & hard work. Thank you so much for your generous support! We can’t wait to see you at the show!
We would like to thank all our donors (both public and private), who’s financial contributions are helping us bring this story to the stage.
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