#Charlottesville and The Elephant in the Room

#charlottesville and the elephant in the room



Written and Directed by
Priyanka Shetty

A play about August 11-12 2017 based on interviews with residents of Charlottesville

With a special performance of:

The Elephant in the Room

A One Woman Show by Priyanka Shetty

April 23 2019 at 7pm

Live Arts, Gibson Theatre

7-9:30 pm

  • Followed by a post-show discussion
  • Reserve Tickets Online or at the Door. Pay-What-You-Can.

Content Alert

  • Mature language and content in both shows
  • #CHARLOTTESVILLE is a show based on real events and real people.  It is about citizens reactions to the violence and outrage during the marches and attacks on Charlottesville on August 11 & 12, 2017. As such, some in the audience may be introduced to, or reminded of, deep and powerful feelings. Dr. Lisa Duval has volunteered to foster a safe space to breathe and be supported during and after the performance. In addition, a list of local mental health agencies and providers will be distributed on site.

About the Shows


Unapologetically Indian, The Elephant in the Room is a tumultuous ride through seemingly immiscible cultures, love and loss, issues of race and the desperation that comes with not fitting in. The play navigates the author’s transition from her deeply-embedded roots in India to finding context and common ground in America.


#Charlottesville is a play about the city’s response to the Unite the Right rally that took place in Charlottesville, VA. The play is constructed verbatim from interviews with residents of Charlottesville who speak about the city in the context of the events of August 11th and 12th, 2017 and its aftermath.


The Elephant in the Room and #Charlottesville are the first two plays in a triptych by Priyanka Shetty. While The Elephant in the Room highlights the struggles of international students, #Charlottesville explores America through the lens of a small city that caught the world’s attention overnight due to the precipitation of race-related violence. This performance is the first time the first two plays in the triptych will be performed together.