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January 21st - February 15, 2004

SALAAM Theatre
invites you to come in from the cold and experience
KALIGHAT: A new play by Paul Knox

"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."
- Martin Denton

"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."
- Vibhuti Patel
Newsweek International

* order tickets now and save over 20% on select performances!
See below for details.

An inside look at the work of the Missionaries of Charity.  A dramatic excursion to a unique world, virtually unexplored.

This production is the main feature of MELA: A SOUTH ASIAN FESTIVAL.

"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 diamond."
- William M. Hoffman, Playwright
AS IS, The Ghosts of Versailles

"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
kind of original and true work that comes only by consuming its own creator's blood and soul."
- Siddarth Dube, UNICEF
Author of In the Land of Poverty: Memoirs of an Indian Family and Sex, Lies and AIDS:  India and AIDS

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.

VENUE: The Rose Nagelberg Theatre
Baruch Performing Arts Center
55 Lexington Avenue at 25th Street, NYC.
Entrance on 25th Street.

Tuesday - Fridays at 7PM,
Saturdays at 2 & 8PM
Sundays at 3PM
     during the following dates:
     January 22 - 25, 2004
     January 30 - February 6, 2004
     February 10 - 15, 2004
     No performance Thursday, February 12, 2004.

General Admission $19
Student /seniors $15

*Two Limited Offer for SALAAM Supporters
Use special code - DISC04 or GHAT15
* Reduced tickets of $15 (more than 20% discount), by using discount codes.  While supply lasts at the following select performances:

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

1. Online:  Visit (service charge of $1.50 will apply).

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.

Production Staff:
Director/Playwright: Paul Knox
Associate Director: Susan Kellerman
Choreographer: Myna Mukherjee
Scenic Design: Mikiko Suzuki
Light Design: Brian Aldous
Sound Design: Bart Fasbender
Costume Design: Reshma Patel
Production Stage Manager: Diane Healy
Stage Manager: Priyanka Mathew
Properties: Sangeeta Sibal, Anuvab Pal
Press Rep: Sam Rudy Associates

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

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

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!

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SALAAM Theatre is a not-for-profit professional theatre company celebrating South Asian American artistic excellence through creative risk-taking and experimentation that challenges all boundaries, connects all peoples and links all the arts in the spirit of progressive solidarity.

Geeta Citygirl, Artistic Director

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