January 21st - February 15, 2004
"Kalighat is, for me, the
most rewarding kind of theatre experience, offering genuinely compelling
and engaging drama along with something deeper and more essential to take
away long after the lights have gone up."
"Hauntingly memorable, poignant and
funny...A powerful play that deals movingly with serious spiritual issues
of our age and offers a new twist on East meets West--and never the 'twain
shall be the same."
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"Kalighat" is work of substance,
moving me to tears yet often very amusing. The characters stay with
you long after the curtain comes down. In a rhinestone age
"Kalighat is a revelation
on as many fronts as the Goddess Kali has arms. A revelation for its rawness,
wisdom, sexiness, imaginativeness and great ambition. It is the
DESCRIPTION: KALIGHAT is a new play written and directed by Paul Knox, with choreography by Myna Mukherjee. Set in Mother Teresa's home for the dying in Calcutta, this full-length environmental ensemble play (with a cast of 23 actors) follows the journey of a group of Western volunteers and the lives of the nuns and patients who inhabit Kalighat, and explores issues of cross-cultural communication, disparity, the essence of service and the intersection of sexuality and religion set against a realistic backdrop of terminal poverty. KALIGHAT seeks to recreate an important historical place, and bring to life the actual work of Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity, elaborated with neither ornament nor judgment. KALIGHAT merges the traditional Euro-American realistic theater styles and sociopolitical and spiritual/religious perspectives with the traditional ones of South Asia. The essence of the South Asian experience emerges thru the South Asian characters as the journey of the Western characters deepens. Kalighat has enjoyed development support at Circle Repertory Company, Circle East, LaMama, HERE, and with the Indo-American Arts Council.
CAST: Susham Bedi, Mina Botross, Grainne de Buitlear, Anna Ewing Bull, Geeta Citygirl, Simon Deonarian, Prashant Kumar Gupta, Ranjit Gupte, Poorna Jagannathan, G.R. Johnson, Naheed Khan, Mami Kimura, Rizwan Manji, David Mason, Suneel Mubayi, Nitika Nadgar, Tyler Pierce, Karam Puri, Eliyas Qureshi, Shawn Rajguru, Giuliana Santini, Chandon Donny Sethi, Kamal Sethi, Mukesh Sethi, Reena Shah and Usman Shaukat.
Rose Nagelberg Theatre
Limited Offer for SALAAM Supporters
As a SALAAM supporter, you can journey to KALIGHAT for just $15* (Reg $19). First offer valid for two performances (1/23 at 7pm, 1/24 at 2pm). To take advantage of this exclusive offer, you must mention the SALAAM discount code DISC04. The second offer is valid for 1/30 at 7pm, 1/31 at 2pm, 2/1 at 3pm, 2/3 at 7pm, 2/4 at 7pm, 2/5 at 7pm, 2/6 at 7pm.
Three Easy Ways to Order Tickets
2. By Phone: Call SmartTix (212) 868-4444
3. In Person: Visit the Baruch Performing Arts Center (BPAC) box office. Box Office hours are Monday - Friday from 12:30pm-3:30pm and 2 hours before showtime. Call for general information: (646) 312-4085 - no service charge at the box office.
*Discount offer not valid on prior sale or in combination with any other offer. All sales final. No refunds or exchanges. Phone and internet charges may apply.
This Equity Approved showcase is the main feature of MELA: A SOUTH ASIAN FESTIVAL, presented by The Baruch Performing Arts Center, Circle East and the Indo American Arts Council with student sponsorship from Club India. Further info at http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/bpac/
The Chinese New Year starts on the 22nd of January 2004. This year is being celebrated as the "Year of the Monkey". The monkey is a symbol of energy, activity, determination, loyalty and a winning attitude. To help you and yours celebrate this most important of the Chinese festivals, SALAAM Theatre is inviting you to join us at KALIGHAT to be transported to another world -- enjoy this new year as one people on one earth.
On January 21st at 7pm, there will be a KALIGHAT opening night gala performance fundraiser for the IAAC. Tickets are $100. Wine and food will be served before the play commences and in each of the two intermissions. More info at www.iaac.us
Many thanks to Nandita Shenoy for jumping in, just a couple of hours before a performance, and taking on the role of Sister Jane when Ms. Jagannathan was unable to perform. And a special shout out to our friends at BPAC - Shane, Matt, Ethan, Kathleen, Paula, Ragini, Liza, Dwane, Angela, Brian and everyone else!
Geeta Citygirl, Artistic Director
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