METANOIA WON’T DESTROY YA!

The Inspiration

This year, in our Performing Arts class, we overcame the challenges of a pandemic, time and space to create, produce and perform a podcast; specifically, a limited, scripted audio series about cultural understanding, acceptance and empathy, entitled: METANOIA WON’T DESTROY YA!

Inspired by the diversity of our class: three seniors, two juniors and four freshmen from Iran, India, Italy and the USA, we collaborated virtually across three continents and five time zones to explore how culture and personal history shape us. The idea of cultural misunderstandings came to us spontaneously. Then, guided by our teacher, we filtered the idea through our own experience to develop it into a fictional dramedy that promised to take listeners on a journey from misunderstanding to understanding; from prejudice and intolerance to acceptance and empathy.

And now… we’re thrilled to share our work with you!!

The Story

Kai, an ignorant, aspiring, American filmmaker plans to pitch his documentary to producers at a prestigious Italian Film Festival, but his successful filmmaker “friends” set him up for failure and leave him broke and alone in Rome with nothing but the phone number of a mysterious game show. To save face, fund his film and prove his worth, Kai competes on the show and is forced to confront his ignorance, reevaluate his friendships and his beliefs.

The Event

The Cast

THE CAST
Kai…………………………………………Gabriella Burke
Leyla………………………………………Mahnoush Sadat Moossavi
Nathan……………………………………..Varsha Kini
Gabriel/Man on TV/Person #2…………..Jelly Castro
Alia/Yashica………………………………..Sanika Aggarwal
Maya………………………………………..Nitika Rhaguwansi
Receptionist/Person #1/Waiter/Gioia……Chiara Masci
Ms. Marigold………………………………..Maria Carlotta Campara
Valerio/Passerby…………………………….Federico Cortese

THE PRODUCTION TEAM

Showrunners / Writers
Maria Carlotta Campara
Mahnoush Sadat-Moossavi
Varsha Kini

Original Music Composition
Varsha Kini
Chiara Masci
Sanika Aggarwal
Maria Carlotta Campara

Cover Art/Logo/Comics
Jelly Castro
Maria Carlotta Campara
Sanika Aggarwal

Sound FX & Editing
Varsha Kini
Federico Cortese
Chiara Masci

PR & Marketing
Mahnoush Sadat-Moossavi
Gabriella Burke
Jelly Castro
Maria Carlotta Campara
Sanika Aggarwal
Gaurja Prashar

Production Manager / Assistant Director
Varsha Kini

Director
Rachel Schroeder