Playwright Snehal Desai chuckles when recalling his mother’s first response upon learning her son had been accepted to Yale’s graduate school for theatre studies. “You can still take some classes at the law school, right?”
Growing up in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, Desai was no different from millions of other first-generation Americans whose parents are inclined to remind their kids, “We came here to give you the kinds of opportunities we never had back home.” Repeatedly.
But the irony of the immigrant dream of unlimited opportunity, says Desai, is that it tends to cover a very limited spectrum — including doctor, lawyer, engineer or businessperson — none of which was appealing to him.
Live performance, on the other hand, had his name written all over it.
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