The Axe in the Ceiling

A contemporary take on a classic household tale. An absurd love story with surprising layers.

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An Indian woman draped in a black, red, and gold sari holding an axe looks up towards the sky. She is leaning against a tree, there are other trees and a path in the background.

Image Credit: Evangelina Vlahakis

  • Written and Directed by: Jaya Berged

The Axe in the Ceiling is a story about a newly married couple on a journey of self-discovery, through a series of absurd events.

Chhaya is a playful, imaginative woman who has always lovingly walked the path that she’s been taught to walk. Hunar is a responsible, self-reliant man who has always provided well for himself and made Good Decisions. Their relationship begins with an axe in the ceiling, and peaks with a bird net in a corn field. Their journey together rocks their individual stability and reveals gaps in their self-image, compelling them to reflect on what they truly want and whether they have what it takes to get it.

The Axe in the Ceiling is a story of vulnerability, human connection, villain-less antagonism, resilience, and rising from the ashes. It is performed in waves of absurdity, realism, comedy, romance, and philosophical reflection. This production provokes deep thought and holds up a mirror to our own relationships, but is ultimately a show that offers hope and validates our individual experiences in the world.

Adapted from a household tale by the Brothers Grimm.

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