Beyond Bollywood and Broadway

Beyond Bollywood and Broadway

Plays from the South Asian Diaspora
Distribution: World
Publication date: 03/26/2009
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-22068-4
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This collection of 11 plays, from North America, the U.K., and South Africa—many published here for the first time—delves into the vibrant, cosmopolitan theatre of the South Asian diaspora. These original and provocative works explore the experience of diaspora by drawing on cultural references as diverse as classical Indian texts, adaptations of Shakespeare and Homer, current events, and world music, film, and dance. Neilesh Bose provides historical background on South Asian migration and performance traditions in each region, along with critical introductions and biographical background on each playwright.

Includes works by Anuvab Pal, Aasif Mandvi, Shishir Kurup, Rahul Varma, Rana Bose, Rukhsana Ahmad, Jatinder Verma, Sudha Bhuchar and Kristine Landon-Smith, Ronnie Govender, Kessie Govender, and Kriben Pillay.

Author Bio

Neilesh Bose is a historian and theatre artist. He has published reviews and criticism in TDR; Theatre Survey; Theatre Journal; Catamaran: A Journal of South Asian American Writing and other publications.

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Table of Contents


An Introduction to South Asian Diasporic Theatre Neilesh Bose

Part I. The United States
1. Chaos Theory Anuvab Pal
2. Sakina's Restaurant Aasif Mandvi
3. Merchant on Venice Shishir Kurup

Part II. Canada
4. Bhopal Rahul Varma
5. The Death of Abbie Hoffman Rana Bose

Part III. United Kingdom
6. Song for a Sanctuary Rukhsana Ahmad
7. 2001: A Ramayana Odyssey Jatinder Verma
8. Strictly Dandia Sudha Bhuchar and Kristine Landon-Smith

Part IV. South Africa
9. The Lahnee's Pleasure Ronnie Govender
10. Working Class Hero Kessie Govender
11. Looking for Muruga Kriben Pillay

List of Plays