Arts & Theatre

Treya’s Last Dance – a Santa Monica Playhouse Benefit Series Special Event

$25; Proceeds support the Santa Monica Playhouse Benefit Campaign.    |  May 31, 2024  |  7:30PM - 8:30PM

It’s Hollywood’s uniquely hilarious and heartbreaking ¬hour-long dark comedy, set in South London! It’s speed-dating on crack, with a heartfelt backstory of discrimination, human sexuality and multiculturalism - you’ve never seen anything like it.

“an incredible one-hour performance” - Chris Daniels, The Show Report

Written and performed by British-born Aisha Kumari (A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Fighting for her Family; Domestic Crusaders; Waffle the Wonder Dog; East is East), Treya’s Last Dance is a rollercoaster ride through the life, love and cultural struggles of Treya. The show is a superb addition to the growing roster of diaspora-related stories like Wedding Season, Indian Matchmaking.

“… the central flow of both writing and performance is superb” - James Bartholomeusz, The Reviews Hub

During Treya’s clumsy quest to find a ‘life-partner,’she stumbles upon something far more important: a reckoning with a recent and shocking tragedy.

”a dynamic performance of a woman in chaos” - Ayndrilla Singharay, Pulse Connects

Unique, modern, a hit in NY & London, Treya delves into homophobia, culture clash and female sexuality in hilarious, brave and poignant ways as she struggles to preserve and adapt identity within swirling change: an ongoing topic familiar to us all, whatever our backgrounds.

“whip-crack sharp, funny and touching … convincing and deeply charming” - Ettie Bailey King, A Younger Theatre

“Where’s all my angry young women at?! Where’s that rage going? Fighting for what’s right, carving the lines of your self - your humanity - while staying true – all current issues which affect us all. Treya is another step in my journey to uncover untold aspects of life, in theatre and film” said Aisha.

“… lives up to the hype, combining tragedy and comedy in a satisfying play …”- Philip Fisher, British Theatre Guide

Santa Monica Playhouse Co-Artistic Directors Evelyn Rudie and Chris DeCarlo proudly welcome Treya’s Last Dance to Santa Monica Playhouse.

Written & performed by Aisha Kumari
Voices by Arun Kamath, Michelle Cardno and Don Donelley. Original music by Archita Kumar

Santa Monica Playhouse programs are supported in part by generous grants from the City of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Arts Commission, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture, the Ahmanson Foundation, the Rotary Club Foundation, and Playhouse PALS.