Sammy!

Cast:

Act 1

Dada Abdulla: Vikrant Chaturvedi
Mohan: Joy Sen Gupta
Mahatma: Vijay Crishna / Ravi Dubey
Aasvogel: Denzil Smith
Official: Zafar Karachiwala
1st Man/2nd Man: Asif Ali Beg / Zafar Karachiwala
Mrs. Alexander: Anuradha Menon
Kasturba: Neha Dubey
Polak: Asif Ali Beg
Medic: Vikrant Chaturvedi
Smuts: Zafar Karachiwala
ADC: Asif Ali Beg

Act 2

Sarojini: Anuradha Menon
Shukla: Vikrant Chaturvedi
Jawahar: Zafar Karachiwala
Jinnah: Vikrant Chaturvedi
Viceroy: Denzil
Clancy: Asif Ali Beg
Journo 1: Zafar Karachiwala
Journo 2: Anuradha Menon
Journo 3: Vikrant Chaturvedi
Man 1: Asif Ali Beg
Woman 1: Anuradha Menon
Godse: Vikrant
Pahwa: Asif Ali Beg

Synopsis:

The incredible story of Mahatma Gandhi, Sammy is told by an ensemble cast of actors. Led by a lively debate between Mohan and the irrepressible Mahatma in him, the play highlights Gandhi’s relationship and how he changed everyone he touched. It traces the transformation of the young Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi from a naïve, tongue tied lawyer into a shrewd politician and finally a Mahatma.

“Sammy succeeds as both a lively and entertaining spectacle….but it also makes you understand a man who inspired Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King and is forever etched in our minds as the Mahatma.” The Week

Cast and Crew Biographies:

Lillete Dubey  An actress on stage, as well as in films and television, Lillete Dubey is Producer and Artistic Director of her theatre company The Prime time Theatre Co. Over a span of 30 years, she has played the lead in a range of theatrical work. She formed her own company in 1991, with the intention of promoting original Indian writing and has subsequently directed 21 productions. Her film performances include Zubeida, Monsoon Wedding, Gaddar, Baghban, Pinjar, Kal Ho Na Ho, Chalte Chalt, etc. She received wide acclaim, with Mira Nair’s international film Monsoon Wedding that won the Golden Lion for Best Picture in Venice in 2000. She is currently working in three films and is soon going to direct her first film.

Partap Sharma is a playwright, novelist, actor, documentary film-maker, commentator and author of four children’s books. He has written ten full-length plays including A Touch of Brightness, Begum Sumroo and Zen Katha. As an actor Partap Sharma has played the lead roles in five feature films and won the National Award in 1971 for his performance in the Hindi film Phir Bhi. In April 2004, he was honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award as ‘The Voice of India’.

Ira Dubey Presently majoring in theatre at Yale University , has been actively involved in performances since the age of six. At Yale, she has trained in speech and movement development, Shakespeare, and the Michael Chekhov acting technique. She is currently working on two productions; Womanly Voices with the Primetime Theatre Company and The Maids with the Industrial Theatre Company in Mumbai.

Joy Sengupta has done his diploma in Drama, with a specialization in acting from the Living Theatre Academy under the directorship of Professor Ebrahim Alkazi. His theatre work includes Moteram ka Satyagraha, Three Sisters, Royal Hunt of the Sun & Virasat, Mother, Hathyare, Aurat, Indian Ink, Dance like a Man, On a Muggy Night in Mumbai, Thirty days in September, Womanly Voices, Class of 84, If Wishes Were Horses. His film credits include Hazaar Chaurasi ki Ma & Deham, Amrita, Sab Kuch, Patalghar, Bhalo Theko, Sau Jhooth Ek Sach.

Vijay Crishna is an acclaimed actor whose film roles include Devdas & Gandhi and who has been a veteran of the stage for over 35 years. He has performed the lead in over 100 productions and worked with nearly every well know director in the country. He leads a double life as a corporate Titan, having been Managing Director of Godrej GE Appliances and is currently Managing Director of Lawkim India .

Neha Dubey started her career with lead roles in children’s productions. On the professional stage she has acted in Siren City , 30 days in September, Breathe in…Breathe out, Womanly Voices. In 2004, she played Olivia in Twelfth Night at the Albery Theatre at the West End in London . She has anchored and acted on television, including the IIFA awards 2005 for Star Plus. Her film credits include Monsoon Wedding, The Perfect Husband, Mansarovar, Sau Jhoot Ek Sach, Bow Barracks and My Bollywood Bride.

Zafar Karachiwala’s theatre credits include Going Solo 2, Class of 84, Acid, The Typists, Romeo & Juliet, SOS, Hamlet, And Then Divali, Acts Of Faith, La Cantatrice Chauve, Art, The Man of La Mancha and Womanly Voices. His film performances include Chai Pani Etc., Detour, Zakhm, Bye Bye Miss Goodnight, Mansarovar.

Vikrant Chaturvedi made his debut on the Mumbai stage in 1997 with Begum Sumroo and has been acting in TV, theatre and films ever since. His theatrical work includes Romeo and Juliet, Jaya, Zen Katha, Jesus Christ Superstar, Class of 84 and Oliver. He has also acted in the television serials Shikwa, Thief of Baghdad, Aurat, Intezaar aur Sahi and Aashiana. His film credits include Netaji and Taj Mahal.

Denzil Smith has been a professional actor for over 20 years and has performed in popular television serials like:- Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahi, C I D, Just Mohabbat, The Sword of Tipu Sultan, Chote Mu Bade Baat, Life Nahi Hai Ladoo, Time Bomb 9/11. On stage he has acted in Waiting for Godot, On a Muggy night in Mumbai, Once on a Friday, Letter to a daughter from prison, The Owl and the Pussycat, Blood Brothers, and Sambhog Se Sanyas Tak. Films to be released soon are One night with the king, The Memsahib and Ek Ajnabee.

Anu Menon’s theatre credits include Insomnia, The Verdict, Next, Bum, Nagamandala, The Lizard Waltz, The Sunshine Boys, Slow Dissolve, Trolley Rage, The Importance of Being Earnest, Macbeth and Zen Katha. She has also done a television serial called Murder and radio plays like Alice in Wonderland and Company of Wolves. She currently hosts her own show on Channel V.

Asif Ali Beg began his career in 1982 as a professional singer. Having played key roles in the stage productions Tara , Jaya & Jesus Christ Superstar among others, he was awarded the Charles Wallace Scholarship by the British Council in 2001 to study acting in UK . Asif is currently dubbing for the voice of Winnie the Pooh and several other Disney characters for an upcoming TV channel for Kids.

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