Karlo Berger
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Red Sox Mahabharata

When we cross-fertilize two profoundly "eastern" and "western" stories and performance forms, what strange and wonderful hybrids can emerge? 

I propose the production of “Red Sox Mahabharata,” an original Balinese-style wayang kulit, or shadow puppet performance.  Red Sox Mahabharata would draw on themes from the classic Hindu epic the Mahabharata, a dynastic tale of war, peace, and dharma, commonly performed in Bali through the wayang kulit, to tell the very western story of two rival baseball dynasties: the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees.  This action adventure would encompass the multi-generational struggle between the teams, culiminating in Boston’s unprecedented come-from-behind victory over New York in the 2004 American League Championship Series (Boston went on that year to win the World Series for the first time since 1918.  You guessed it: I’m a Sox fan).

As any serious fan of either team would tell you, the history between these two American League cousins is undeniably epic: it is rich and multi-layered, replete with curses, shrines, shifting alliances, passionate fans, and, on occasion, even physical combat.  By telling this story through the context of a wayang kulit Mahabharata performance, we have the chance to view American sports culture and Vedic wisdom in a unique, entertaining, and thought-provoking light.

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