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SAMMY! - The Word That Broke An Empire Apart / CT
SAMMY! is a play in two acts about the irrepressible Mahatma in Gandhi. Through a sporadic debate between two actors, with full of Gandhi's hallmark humor, it traces the development of the young and naive Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi from a protestor in South Africa into a shrewd politician, and then into an enlightened person - a Mahatma or Great Soul.

"true and insightful" "fascinating"
"...shows us his transformation from a naïve and playful lawyer to a headstrong, idealistic leader. Sammy! is an intelligent thesis on the conflict Gandhi faced as fallible man and passionate leader." -Hindustan Times

Pratap Sharma is Playwright, Novelist, actor, documentary filmmaker, commentator and author of four children's book. Among the ten full-length plays he has written, are the well known, A Touch of Brightness, Begum Sumroo and Sammy! (A look at an irrepressible and mischievous aspect of Mahatma Gandhi.) As an actor, Pratap Sharma has played the lead in five feature films and won the National Award in 1971 for his performance in the Hindi film Phir Bhi. As commenter, he has won numerous awards. In 2004, he was honored with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award as " The Voice of India"

Lillete Dubey: An actress on stage and big screen, Lillete is also Producer and Artistic Director of her own theatre company The Prime Time Theatre Company. She has directed and produced nearly 20 productions like Dance Like Man, Womanly Voice, Zen Katha, 30 Days in September and others. Three of her plays received Sahitya Kala Parishad Award for Best Play of the Year.

The New York Times and other critics wrote for Dubey's past productions ...

"Experiencing acting of this quality is transforming" - The New York Times

"Stunningly well acted" -The Daily Mail, UK

"...resounding applause" - Times of India

"...genuine theatre" -The Hindu

"...intense and dignified direction" -The Asian Age

"in depth direction" -The Indian Express

Dubey has also done several television serials and films of which Zubeida, Monsoon Wedding, Baghban, Kaal Ho Na Ho and Pinjar have received wide acclaim, with Monsoon Wedding won Best Picture Golden Lion in Venice in 2000. She is currently working in three feature films.

The Cast: Joy Sengupta, Vijay Crishna, Ravi Dubey, Pravishi Das, Denzil Smith, Zafar Karachiwala, Vikrant Chaturvedi, Asif Beg, and Anu Menon

Light Designer: Inaayat Ali Sami
Music: Mahesh Tinaikar
Sets: Bhola Sharma

Date: 11/04/2006
Location: Rich Forum, Stamford, CT
Time: 8:00 pm

Cost: $37 & VIP

Contact: 203.322.9862

Web: www.worldonstage.org
Email: world@worldonstage.org

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