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A Solo Show

The Fairy Who Cried Gems is a one-woman show exploring how we can build joy out of legacies of trauma. Lily Abha Cratsley serves as the storyteller, presenting a collection of folktales inspired by the lived experiences of Indian women growing up in the United States. This love letter to her little sisters is often fantastical, sometimes verbatim, and always honest. Join us at The Madnani Theater this June for an immersion into the oral history of Desi-American girlhood.


"The Fairy Who Cried Gems filled my spirit and took me away in ways that I didn’t see coming. Lily is a magical storyteller who seamlessly weaves heartbreak and doubt into a triumphant collection of folktales [...] Lily’s vulnerability and presence onstage are contagious. You can’t help but fall in love with her when she ends up wrapped in a traditional Saree/Sari and places a Bindi on her forehead – it took my breath away."

- Constance Strickland of Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative

Current Production

Now Playing at the
2024 Hollywood Fringe Festival...

The Fairy Who Cried Gems

Written & Performed by
Lily Abha Cratsley

Directed by
Simran Fulton

at The Madnani Theater

Sunday, June 9 at 7:00pm
Saturday, June 15 at 11:30am
Monday, June 17 at 7:00pm
Wednesday, June 26 at 7:00pm
Sunday, June 30 at 6:30pm


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Production Photos by Hari Ganesh

Original Fairytales include...

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Fairytale Cover Designs by Huda Khan

Development History

April 14 & 15, 2023 at 8:00pm
Keck Theater, Occidental College
Directed by Jasmine Sharma

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