In 1930, Mahatma Gandhi led a nonviolent protest called the Salt March, which marked the beginning of the end of the British Empire. 


At the center of the story is Maya Mehta, a Cambridge-educated girl whose family benefits financially from the empire. She strives to be recognized as a poet in the West, while her family plans her wedding to a wealthy prince. But in one life-changing moment, the Salt March arrives on Maya’s doorstep. An eye-opening counter with her former servant, Harini, leads Maya to commit herself to the Salt March, and when Maya joins the thousands in their quest to shake the foundations of an empire, the Mehta family’s world changes forever.


Told with contemporary language and a score that fuses Western pop and Indian Classical music, MĀYĀ is about the ties that hold us, the illusions that bind us and the truth that can finally set us free. 

Photo Credit: Dennis Corsi

Creative Team

Cheeyang Ng

Book & Music

Eric Sorrels

Book & Lyrics


Arpita Mukherjee


Development History

Conceived at New York University's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program

2018 New York City Center Front and Center with Tom Kitt

2019 Johnny Mercer's Songwriters Project

2019 ASCAP Foundation Musical Theatre Week at Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage

2019 Live & In Color Developmental Residency

2020 Pace New Musicals Lab Presentation

2020 Hypokrit Theatre 29-Hour Reading


2020 Eugene O'Neill Incubator

2020 The PiTCH The REV Theatre Company

© 2019 Cheeyang Ng. 

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