Spitting Image: A Brown Girl’s Story About Her Black Friend

By Nimisha Ladva

Directed by Edward Sobel

Dramaturgy by Megan Schumacher

July 14, 2024

2pm EST

at The Drake Theatre


Adjunct Professor Nalini is a finalist for her dream teaching job when she is called in by the Provost and learns that a student has filed a complaint against her for teaching a classic text of the Harlem Renaissance that features a violent lynching. Worse still, the Provost, a Black woman, turns out to be Nalini’s estranged friend from highschool. Racial and class resentments arise when unresolved issues resurface and their personal attachments inflame their professional roles. Ultimately, the two women are forced to confront whether some stories are too dangerous to teach in today’s politically and racially riven climate.


Nimisha Ladva (she/her) is a South Asian writer, storyteller, playwright and screenwriter. Her storytelling has been nationally broadcast on NPR: THEMOTH RADIO HOUR and PBS: STORIES FROM THE STAGE. She is currently a member of The Foundry, a three-year playwright development program sponsored by PlayPenn. An excerpt of her play GODDESS AT THE LUCKY LADY MOTEL was selected by The Bechdel Group in New York for the Sunday Shorts Program in March 2022. She is a 2022 finalist in the Red Bull Short Play Festival. In 2019, she was selected for the Kennedy Center Playwriting Intensive and was a finalist at SPACE at Ryder Farm in 2020. Her solo play, UNINVITED GIRLfirst staged in Philadelphia at the First Person Arts Festival in 2016, premiered in New York at the Women in Theater Festival in 2018. Her work has been supported by grants from the Mellon Foundation and the Leeway Foundation. She teaches writing and public speaking at Haverford College.

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