A Brimful of Asha

By (author): Ravi Jain, Asha Jain

In 2007 Ravi Jain completed school and was itching to get his feet wet in the theatre scene. With plans to begin his own company, Ravi put off marriage for a few years, much to the disappointment of his mother, Asha, who was getting impatient with Ravi’s non-traditional approach to life. In this autobiographical story of the Jain family, Ravi recalls a trip to India with his parents in tow, where they ambushed him with a series of prospective wives at every turn. Conveyed through storytelling, A Brimful of Asha is a comedic and heartwarming tale of a family caught between two cultures.


Ravi Jain

Toronto-based stage director Ravi Jain is a multi-award-winning artist known for making politically bold and accessible theatrical experiences in both small indie productions and large theatres. He is the founding artistic director of Why Not Theatre.

Ravi was twice shortlisted for the 2016 and 2019 Siminovitch Prize and won the 2012 Pauline McGibbon Award for Emerging Director and the 2016 Canada Council John Hirsch Prize for direction. He is a graduate of the two-year program at École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq. He was selected to be on the roster of clowns for Cirque du Soleil. Sea Sick, which he co-directed, was staged at the National Theatre in London, and What You Won’t Do For Love, which he co-wrote, premiered in 2021.


Asha Jain

Asha Jain grew up in New Delhi, India. Upon completion of her master’s degree in 1973, she married and immigrated to Canada. While supporting her husband, Ramesh, in founding his own business, she raised two boys, Anurag and Ravi. She is a wonderful mother, wife, and now a very funny actor. She is excited to be sharing this story with the world to finally prove her son wrong.


“Ravi Jain is a theatre force of nature.” —Lynn Slotkin, The Slotkin Letter
“…a warm, fresh piece of theatre.” —Martin Morrow, The Globe and Mail
“A Brimful of Asha is full to the brim with loving, personal admissions.” —Naomi Skwarna, NOW Magazine


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88 Pages
8.375in * 5.375in * 0.259in


November 15, 2012



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