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preview imageSouth Asian Arts and Theatre Ji in association with Carlos Bulosan Theatre and Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad present:
AISHA N' BEN
Written by Anita Majumdar
March 19-21, 8pm
Telus Studio Theatre
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC
$20-$25
604-280-4444 or www.ticketmaster.ca

Performed by Anita Majumdar and Leon Aureus
Directed & Dramaturged by Brian Quirt
Lighting Design by Beth Kates
Costume Design by Nina Okens
Sound Design by Gurpreet Sian
Remixes by Tspoon

Issues of identity are at the core of this provocative play about the perils of success. When a young Indo-Canadian starlet obsessed with skin whitening flees to Bombay to shoot her next Bollywood film, her values are turned upside down by a dark-skinned Filipino-Canadian fellow actor. Through their relationship, she is forced to confront what it means to be true to one’s self.

Anita Majumdar has delivered two previous delicious one-woman shows in Vancouver. Fish-Eyes was her delirious and hilarious romp through countless characters while our young protagonist, an Indian dance student who’s just another high school girl, is torn between worlds.

Anita is simply magic, showing why she is one of Canada’s best.”  Mohit Rajhans, Bollywood Boulevard, Omni TV

In 2006 Anita starred in a CBC made-for-TV film Murder Unveiled about Jassi Sidhu, a young Maple Ridge woman who fell in love and eloped with a rickshaw driver in India, which came to a tragic end, although justice still has not been served. The press tour in support of that film motivated Majumdar to tackle the hot topic of honour in her second solo show. In 2008 Majumdar presented her darker piece, The Misfit, at the PuSh Festival. Based on traditional Indian themes of honour and honour killings, she still managed to take on multiple roles and comical juxtapositions of story, music and dance.

“Majumdar is a skilled actor and dancer; her choreography cleverly embodies the difficulties faced by those who straddle two cultures: highly disciplined movement suddenly gives way to pelvic thrusting and overtly sexual gestures as East meets West.” Jo Ledingham, Vancouver Courier

Anita Majumdar grew up in Port Moody, BC, leaving to study theatre at the National Arts Centre, and is currently based in Toronto.

 

Tickets at 604.280.4444, www.ticketmaster.ca $20 to $25 ($20 for students and groups of 10 or more)