ARTIST in residence
The story of Buddha has influenced many spiritual minds across the globe. Herman Hesse's 1922 poetic epic novel Siddhartha recounts the journey of a young man on his path to enlightenment. This everyman travels through many chapters in his life, through devout asceticism and romantic hedonism, as a solitary symbol of the pursuit of peace and self-actualization in a cyclical narrative. Kamala, a respected courtesan, becomes the object of Siddhartha's desire. They fall in love and she teaches him the bounties of pleasure and they exist hedonistically until Siddhartha becomes dissatisfied with excess and renounces that chapter of his life. He leaves her, unknowingly, pregnant. Kamala is left out of the narrative until Siddhartha runs into her and their child; unfortunately, she's on her deathbed. That's all Hesse gives us about Kamala, leaving her own journey to enlightenment open for exploration. How did this young woman grow up to be a respected sex worker? How did she adapt to single-motherhood? What has this figure battled to get to where she did? Our mothers and sisters are warriors in a fight for life deserving of exaltation.
Gabe Maharjan is an actor and creator based in Tio'tia:ke/Montreal. Growing up, they did workshops at The Black Theatre Workshop and the MSOPA where they developed a love for play and storytelling. Gabe is currently writing a new theatrical project while in residence at Imago Theatre.
Gabe is an alumnus of the Dome and the Black Theatre Workshop’s Artist Mentorship Program in the actor’s stream. They also participated in Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal’s Young Creators Unit and Teesri Duniya’s Fireworks Program, where they developed Eva in Rio, a new play. Gabe has received support from Le Festival TransAmérique, Emploi Québec, The Centaur, Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal and Montréal, arts interculturels to developing the piece. They produced a development presentation of Eva in Rio on June 26th and 27th at 8pm at Montréal, arts interculturels.
A selection of Gabe’s performance credits include Jayne in WASP (presented at the 40th Rhubarb Festival at Buddies in Bad Times), Haemon in Raise the Stakes’ Antigone, Eddie in The Last Wife as part of Imago’s “Her Side” festival, Robin in Cabal’s La Somnambule, and Tripp in Sermo Scomber’s Don’t Read the Comments—which won the Frankie Award for Most Promising English Company at the 2018 Montreal Fringe. Gabe voices Hayao in Epsilon Games’ Primus Vita. They made their directorial debut in 2017, when they produced Rajiv Joseph’s Gruesome Playground Injuries (Playground Productions).They are a founder and leader of Playground Productions Montreal. Gabe is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Quebec Drama Federation. Find out more about Gabe at gabemaharjan.com.