A half-blind, bumbling tea-seller in Delhi rises to become Prime Minister of India in this hilarious and hard-hitting satire on Indian democracy. Based on the 2007 novel The Peacock Throne, acclaimed by Time and The Guardian, the play is a grand farce, starting with the 1984 Sikh riots that followed the assassination of Indira Gandhi, and ending with the election that threw up a hung parliament in 1989. Tucked amidst these momentous events is the tale of a humble and foolish tea-seller, whose rise to power is the bittersweet story of India itself. The play features an ensemble cast, spectacular sets and costumes, and will be performed with live music and dance. The whole play rhymes.
This will be the largest production ever staged by Naatak. There will be as many as 50 people on stage, and we will perform as many as 13 shows in Cubberley Theater. The full rehearsal schedule will be posted in advance, and all those who RSVP must confirm that they can meet it.
Run-time: 150 minutes
Children under 8 will not be admitted
Group 1: ONE woman from NEPAL, age 18-25
Group 2: THREE teenage boys, age 16-19
Group 3: TWO women, age 25-35
Group 4: ONE woman, age 35-55
Group 5: SEVEN men, age 25-50
Group 6: FIVE men, age 55-85
Fluency in Hindi, stage presence, and a sense of rhythm. Actors will not be required to sing or dance, but will work alongside professional musicians and dancers.
1. Please RSVP for the audition to firstname.lastname@example.org. Mention your GROUP NUMBER.
2. You will receive a time slot between 9 am and 1 pm (on June 4).
3. Come with a monologue (2 minutes, Hindi) that involves movement.
4. If shortlisted, you will be called back at 2 pm the same day.
Rehearsals begin in the last week of June and continue through July and August, three times a week at NAATAK HOUSE in Santa Clara. People with smaller roles can expect to come once or twice a week through July.
This play will have spectacular sets and props. Help us build them! If you don’t have previous set construction experience, we will train and mentor you.
Help us design and arrange costumes for this play. Like sets, costumes will be fanciful and imaginative, and we will train and mentor those who do not have previous experience.
We also need creative people to help us with marketing and publicity for this unique play. If you are skilled in graphics design or email campaign design, we have been waiting for you. If you are a marketing whiz, we could use you!
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