The conference committee invites special guests to the conference to present evening performances for conference attendees. These performances include appearances by musicians, actors, poets, magicians, filmmakers, and other artists.

The committee and organizers welcome suggestions from conference participants for future performances. We seek these suggestions post-conference through the submission deadline for the following year.

Sapna Kumar

Thursday, October 17
9:00 – 9:45 pm

Wisconsin Ballroom

Sapna Kumar was featured at the Olivia Travel’s 40th Anniversary celebration in the Dominican Republic, with headliner Wanda Sykes. Other stand-up credits include LOGO TV’s One Night Stand-Up 9, as a regional finalist for NBC’s Last Comic Standing 4, and clips on ComedyTime.TV.

Sapna is also active in independent film. Her self-produced short “Sapphic Press” screened at the Reeling International Film Festival in Chicago, the Queer Women of Color Arts Project in San Francisco, and America’s Rainbow Film Festival in New York. She is also a part of the cast of the hit web series Easy Abby (Season 2) on

One Day in the Season of Rain

Saturday, October 19
8:00 – 10:00 pm

Play Circle Theater

Ashadh Ka Ek Din (Hindi: आषाढ़ का एक दिन, One Day in Ashadh) is a Hindi play by Mohan Rakesh that debuted in 1958 and is considered the first Modern Hindi play. The play received a Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for best play in 1959 and has been staged by several prominent directors to critical acclaim. A feature film based on the play was directed by Mani Kaul and released in 1971, and went on to win Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie for the year.

The authorized English translation, One Day in the Season of Rain, was authored by Aparna Dharwadker and Vinay Dharwadker (University of Wisconsin-Madison) in 2009. It premiered at Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin in 2010. The production then traveled to the regional Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in East Lansing, Michigan.