Harvest (play)

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Harvest is a play by Manjula Padmanabhan concerned with organ-selling in India set in the near future. It was first published in 1997 by Kali for women.[1] It is a critique of the commoditization of the third world body.The play confronts us with a futuristic Bombay of the year 2010. Om Prakash,a jobless Indian agrees to sell unspecified organs through InterPlanta Services, Inc. to a rich person in first-world for a small fortune. InterPlanta and the recipient's are obsessed with maintaining Om's health and invasively control the lives of Om, his mother Ma, and wife Jaya in their one-room apartment. The recipient, Ginni, periodically looks in on them via a videophone and treats them condescendingly. Om's diseased brother Jeetu is taken to give organs instead of Om.

Harvest won the 1997 Onassis Prize as the best new international play.

Selected Performances[edit]

  • Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota (February 17-25, 2006) Directed by Evan Darwin Winet
  • Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, November 2015. Directed by Susan Russell