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Arranged Marriage by Chitra Banerjee Divakurani
Based on Divakaruni’s short story “Clothes”
Adapted for stage by Peggy Shannon and Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Choreographed by Alyssa Martin (Artistic Director of Rock Bottom Movement in Toronto)
Costume Designs by Jennifer Triemstra-Johnston
Scenic Design by Pavlo Bosyy
Lighting Design by Noah Feaver
Original Sound Design by Ned Jacobson
Sound design by Matthew Duarte.
Arranged Marriage Canadian Premier
May 25th - 28th 2016 - The School of Performance at the Ryerson Theatre (Toronto), launched the Canadian Premiere of the award-winning Bollywood play, Arranged Marriage, by Chitra Banerjee Divakurani. Featuring Indian Pakistani actress Roshni Shukla, playing the lead role of Sumita. A large diverse cast of 32 performers including students from the School of Performance, local Toronto actors.
Arranged Marriage Overview
Arrange Marriage by Chirtra Banerjee Divakaruni, directed by Peggy Shannon, is the Canadian adaptation to its American premier also directed by Peggy Shannon. Recreating the love story of Sumita, a young Calcutta woman, arranged to be married to Somesh, an Indian Canadian immigrant who is a part-time owner of a Toronto based convenience store. Sumita and Somesh’s only interactions are through exchanged letters, prior to the first meeting at their wedding in India. Sumita embraces her new role as Somesh’s wife and joins him in Toronto excited to experience this new life with its sights, sounds and culture. However, as in real life, things take an unexpected turn for the happy bride and she must choose between her beloved India and her new life in Canada. Arranged Marriage is the story of love and marriage and learning that dreams – no matter how strongly we hold them – can be altered at a moment’s notice.
School of Performance Professional Theatre Company
Ryerson School of Performance after the academic season is a live theatre company, called PARODOS. Showcasing professional and emerging actor’s dancers and singers, in live large-scale productions, festivals and community theatre.