BEST LOCAL DIRECTOR (1999)
Finding common ground among diverse cultures is no mean task. Since 1995 Mukherjee and his colleagues at Pangea World Theater have shown they can walk the delicate line between poetry and polemic in such productions as Conference of the Birds and The Winged Seed while making eloquent statements about the volatile substance of human interrelationships. Mukherjee's choice of material is up-to-date, with subject matter drawn from the continuing worldwide discourse on political persecution, war, and racial/ethnic conflicts. The upcoming premiere of Bearing Witness by local playwrights Luu Pham and Meena Natarajan continues Pangea's commitment to making theater that delves beneath the slick surface of nightly news headlines, exposing the very personal forces and motivations that drive the often painful events taking place on our planet.