Indian Inkby Tom Stoppard
Tom Stoppard’s powerfully evocative exploration of filial and colonial ties, love and loss, and the passage of time.
From Tony Award–winning playwright Tom Stoppard, Indian Ink is a rich and moving portrait of intimate lives set against one of the great shafts of history—the emergence of the Indian subcontinent from the grip of Europe. The play follows free-spirited English poet Flora Crewe on her travels through India in the 1930s, where her intricate relationship with an Indian artist unfurls against the backdrop of a country seeking its independence. Fifty years later, in 1980s England, her younger sister Eleanor attempts to preserve the legacy of Flora’s controversial career, while Flora’s would-be biographer is following a cold trail in India. Fresh from the critically acclaimed off-Broadway performance in 2014, Indian Ink is reemerging as an important part of Stoppard’s oeuvre and the global dramatic canon, a fascinating, time-hopping masterwork.
“A play brimming with rasa . . . One of the most touching tales of human relationships Stoppard has ever written.” —Baltimore Sun
“Where has Indian Ink been all our lives? . . . [A] major Tom Stoppard play . . . Rich, entertaining, resonantly melancholy.” —Newsday
“[A] sensuous story of love and art.” —Huffington Post
“Ascends to erotically tinged aesthetic and dramatic heights . . . A shimmering effect.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“A provocative character study . . . novelistic in scope. The novelist I have in mind is Henry James, who worked similar turf in The Aspern Papers . . . A fascinating premise.” —Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal
Praise for Tom Stoppard:
“Stoppard is the master comedian of ideas in the English language.” —Newsweek