In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, Life of Pi on Broadway is thrilled to announce the launch of The Power of Pi Project, a first-of-its-kind effort from a Broadway production to nurture genuine connections and partnerships with the AAPI community in New York and beyond. The mission of the campaign is to create shared spaces for the South Asian and broader AAPI community to celebrate each other and the transformative power of storytelling embodied by this show.

The Power of Pi Project kicks off with Tiger Talks, a monthly event in collaboration with Gold House and The Salon, as well as with partnerships with three South Asian-owned small businesses. Keep scrolling to learn more.

Photograph by Dina Litovsky for The New Yorker


Tiger Talks, a monthly event in collaboration with Gold House and The Salon, will feature a pre-show community reception and a post-show talkback centering and celebrating the show’s South Asian and AAPI artists, held every third Thursday of the month.

The first Tiger Talk will take place on May 18, sponsored by American Express, with a pre-show reception at Utsav Indian Restaurant. To attend, simply purchase a ticket for the May 18 performance through Telecharge using the code TIGERTALKS – you’ll get a discount and an RSVP link for the pre-show reception emailed to you in the coming weeks (limited spots to the reception will go on a first come, first served basis). All audience members in attendance will be invited to stay after the show for the talkback featuring special guests.

Tiger Talks is possible thanks to the generous support of our partner American Express



The Kati Roll Company, an Indian street food brand which was founded in 2000 by female entrepreneur, Payal Saha, originally from Kolkata, India. The company originated in New York’s Greenwich Village and now has five locations in Manhattan, as well as one across the pond in London, England.

Kola Goodies, an immigrant, woman-of-color led wellness company created by Sajani Amarasiri and her mom, Sujatha, both born and raised in Sri Lanka. They had a dream to solve today’s wellness needs naturally, and to increase cultural representation in the industry.

Shaz & Kiks, an Ayurvedic-inspired beauty brand founded by two sisters, Shaz Rajashekar and Kiku Chaudhuri, inspired by the beauty rituals that have always been a bonding experience among the women in their family.



The international bestseller and modern classic of adventure, survival, and the power of storytelling is now an award-winning play. 

After the sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild blue Pacific. The only survivors from the wreck are a sixteen-year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a wounded zebra, an orangutan—and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger.

Soon the tiger has dispatched all but Pi Patel, whose fear, knowledge, and cunning allow him to coexist with the tiger, Richard Parker, for 227 days while lost at sea. When they finally reach the coast of Mexico, Richard Parker flees to the jungle, never to be seen again.

The Japanese authorities who interrogate Pi refuse to believe his story and press him to tell them “the truth.” After hours of coercion, Pi tells a second story, a story much less fantastical, much more conventional—but is it more true?

Life of Pi is at once a realistic, rousing adventure and a meta-tale of survival that explores the transformative nature of fiction. It’s a story, as one character puts it, to make you believe in God.