Thursday, June 14, 2012

Moderating Saturday matinee talkback of Pan Asian Rep's RANGOON

I will moderate a talk back of Pan Asian Repertory's RANGOON world premiere this coming Saturday June 16. The show will begin at 2:30 pm at the Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row. The talk back starts right after this matinee show. We will discuss the South Asian immigrant experience in the USA.


A teaching artist from Theater Development Fund (TDF) will join the actors of RANGOON: Sunita S. Mukhi who plays Seema, Faizul Khan who plays Dhiraj, the 2 children played by Adeel Ahmed and Anita Sabherwal, James Rana who plays Chetan, and Kylie Delre who plays Marge

In the audience there will be a group of about 40 members of the Ganesh Temple in Queens, most of them, I understand, are Indians born in India who have children born in the United States.

Located in Flushing, Queens, the Hindu Temple Society of North America’s Ganesh Temple is one of the nation’s oldest and largest temples founded by Hindu immigrants. This Hindu Temple Society of North America’s slate-gray temple is straight out of India, literally: it was built 30 years ago by silpis, artisans from the home country. The main attraction is the sanctuary, where devotees pray and priests conduct ritual offerings and cleansings to the gods represented throughout the room. Ganesha is the presiding deity in this temple, and thus the black granite sculpture representing him — with an elephant-like head and human body — is at center stage.

The reviews for RANGOON have been glowing:

Rachel Saltz, New York Times, says: "RANGOON has an Indian context and Indian specifics: Samosas and bhel puri are cooked, and references made to Gujarat, Hindi films and ayurvedic cures. But it could almost be any immigrant drama. All the familiar themes are here: the clash of generations, the longing for the old country, the striving and accommodation and loneliness.”

Frank Scheck, New York Post, says “The playwright... clearly knows the territory, and Raul Aranas’ staging has some amusing moments — the son’s impersonation of the “universal Indian head bob” and a fantasy sequence among them. The nine-person ensemble acquits itself well, headed by Faizul Khan’s subtly moving turn as the beleaguered Dhiraj.”



RANGOON is written by Mayank Keshaviah, a playwright, screenwriter, and educator. Before moving to Los Angeles in 2005, he served on the board of South Asian Theatre Arts Guild Experiment (STAGE) in Washington, D.C. Mayank has worked at the Mark Taper Forum and in the Literary Department of Center Theatre Group.

In 2007, his play THOSE WHO CAN'T received a workshop production in the USC School of Theatre’s Blueprints festival. RANGOON received a second staged reading at New York’s Pan Asian Repertory Theatre in December 2009.

Mayank is a member of the Playwright’s Group at Company of Angels, the oldest non-profit professional theater in Los Angeles, and the L.A. Drama Critics Circle and regularly reviews theatre for the LA Weekly. He was selected as 2010 NEA Arts Journalism Fellow in Theatre and Musical Theatre. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Dartmouth College and an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from the University of Southern California.

RANGOON World Premiere
By MAYANK KESHAVIAH
Directed by RAUL ARANAS
At The Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row

Tickets:
$51.25 at http://www.telecharge.com/BehindTheCurtain.aspx?prodid=8954, call Telecharge at 212-239-6200

Discounts avaiable at www.broadwayoffers.com
212-947-8844, or the Clurman Theatre Box Office:


Here are some details about the show:
Revisit Arthur Miller’s take on the American Dream from an Indian point of view…

RANGOON is funny and tragic — a quintessential 21st century American tale!

RANGOON World Premiere
By MAYANK KESHAVIAH
Directed by RAUL ARANAS

At The Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row
Tuesday-Saturday at 7:30
Saturday-Sunday at 2:30
Opening Night May 31 at 7pm


Tickets:
$51.25 at http://www.telecharge.com/BehindTheCurtain.aspx?prodid=8954, call Telecharge at 212-239-6200

Discounts avaiable at www.broadwayoffers.com
212-947-8844, or the Clurman Theatre Box Office:

Seniors: $41.25 with code TRSnr
Students: $26.25 with code TRStu
Groups (10+): $41.25 TRGroup
(Groups interested in arranging a talk-back with the artists must purchase through the Pan Asian Business Office- 212-868-4030 or info@panasianrep.org)

Contact Pan Asian Rep:
212-868-4030 or info@panasianrep.org for tickets to
Opening Night: $100 May 31 at 7:00 w/party
School Matinees: $12 May 30, June 5 or 6,12 or 13 at 11:00

RANGOON
Starring: Faizul Khan,Juan Luis Acevedo,Adeel Ahmed,
Kylie Delre, Sunita S. Mukhi, Krishen Mehta, James Rana,
Anita Sabherwal, Daniel Robert Sullivan

Sets: Kaori Akazawa Dramaturg: Snehal Desai
Lights: Victor En Yu Tan SM: April Ann Kline
Costumes: Carol Pelletier ASM: Miriam Hyfler

more about Pan Asian: www.panasianrep.org
more about Theatre Row: www.theatrerow.org

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