Behind the Mic: On Evil Eye by Madhuri Shekar, Read by Nick Choksi, Harsh Nayyar, Annapurna Sriram, Bernard White, and Rita Wolf
Jo Reed and Brian Price Discuss the Original and Entertaining Play
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Madhuri Shekar’s truly original and entertaining play won a well-deserved Audie Award in 2020. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile contributor Brian Price discuss this story told through a series of phone calls and voicemails. It centers around a mother in New Delhi who is desperately trying to steer her Americanized daughter into a proper marriage. But when the daughter thinks she’s found the perfect match, the fine vocal symmetry between British-Indian actress Rita Wolf and American newcomer Annapurna Sriram intensifies as the story evolves from rom-com to ghostly thriller. The production is everything that contemporary audio drama should be.
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