Creator, performer (2018)
An 8-person in-kitchen performance, Immigrant Kitchen invites Philadelphia to Shreshth’s queer home to cook a meal with them.
While dough rises and spices roast, Shreshth and the audience traverse a culinary landscape marked by family memories and ancient myth. Immigrant Kitchen juxtaposes stories of contemporary queerness and stories of queerness in Hindu mythology. Rooted in personal narrative, and with urgent relevance to our political moment, Immigrant Kitchen creates a space of safety and intimacy for queer and other marginalized people to feel welcome, heard, and fed (metaphorically, and literally––with a communal Sindhi meal, featuring kookum kadhi, kulcha, and a puffed-rice salad.)
Immigrant Kitchen is created and performed by Shreshth Khilani and directed by Jeremy Cohen. An early version of Immigrant Kitchen was premiered at SoLow Fest 2018.
A Bonaly review describes the performance as “A journey in myth, memory, and communion…. Shreshth weaves in and out of the roles of host, storyteller, and facilitator seamlessly.”
Major support for Immigrant Kitchen has been provided by a Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant.