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To Mumbai, with love

Soumya Vajpayee , Hindustan Times  Mumbai, August 19, 2013
First Published: 13:39 IST(19/8/2013) | Last Updated: 18:03 IST(19/8/2013)

An upcoming stage act, which has been directed by an American writer Jeffrey Goldberg, will look at Mumbai from a foreigner’s point of view. Titled Wisdom, the play will premiere at St Andrews in Bandra this week.

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The performance is Goldberg’s and producer Armaan Arora’s take on the city and the ship, MV Wisdom. “The story begins on June 11, 2011, the day the cargo ship reached Juhu beach. We have tried to tell a slice-of-life story of eight people living in the city and how on that fateful day, their life changed forever,” says Goldberg, who is also a faculty member at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, New York.

Wisdom focuses on the different socio-economic threads in Mumbai and how it is the love for the city that binds everyone. Arora says, “The play was written when Jeffrey and I were in the US, and were missing Mumbai. Having lived here for three years, Jeffrey has a strong understanding of the culture and the lingo that is often used in the city.”

The cast of the play will comprise a mix of newcomers and some experienced theatre professionals as well. “We have been fortunate enough to be able to put together a talented cast. Natasha D’Souza will be making her stage debut as the lead character,” says Jeffrey. Performers with rich theatre backgrounds, such as Manish Anand, Padma Damodaran, Priyanka Seita, Gillian Pinto and Sudeep Modak will also be part of the play. “We are also excited because this play will also mark the stage premiere of French actor, Gregoire Berri,” he says. The proceeds from the premiere will go towards a Mumbai-based NGO called Sankalp Rehabilitation Trust.

Catch Wisdom on August 19 at St Andrews in Bandra (W) at 7.30 pm.


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