Vancouver Fringe and Diwali in BC present:
November 1-3, 2019
York Theatre, 639 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC
Running time: 115 minutes including a 15 minute intermission
Why would a blind man go to see an exotic dancer? Poetic, mythic, and brave, Indo-Canadian Anosh Irani’s multiple Dora Award-winning and Canadian Governor General nominated play Bombay Black is a searing play set in the bitter reality of India. Funny, violent, humane, and directed by Mumbai-born, Jessie Richardson Theatre Award and Vancouver Fringe Festival Award winning producer, Rohit Chokhani. Bombay Black took the Vancouver Fringe by storm in 2017 and had a sold out run. After strong critical reviews it was voted amongst the top 20 shows on Vancouver stages by the Georgia Straight and was also awarded the Public Market Pick of the Fringe Award. It was remounted for a three-city wide four-week regional run in the province of BC in 2018.
The lives of an exotic dancer and her embittered mother are altered when a blind stranger visits them. Set in present-day India, Bombay Black is a powerful story of story of Apsara, who lives in Bombay with her mother, making a living by selling exotic dances to wealthy men. When a blind man named Kamal arrives for an appointment, the complex and brutal past of the three characters slowly rises to the surface. Featuring a remarkable poetic text, bold theatrical imagery, a combination of contemporary Bombay bar dancing, and exaggerated lighting complemented with an evocative score, Bombay Black is challenging work by one of Canada’s leading playwriting voices.
Warnings: Funny / Poetic / Multicultural / 14+ / Coarse Language / Sexual Content / Violent Content / Smoke Fog
Cast and Team:
Director and Producer: Rohit Chokhani
In partnership with Diwali in BC
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BOMBAY BLACK premiered in January 2006 at the Theatre Centre, Toronto. It was commissioned and developed by Nightswimming Theatre and produced by Cahoots Theatre Projects. It was workshopped and given a public reading at On the Verge, 2005 (National Arts Centre / Centre national des Arts, Ottawa). The playwright is extremely grateful to the Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des Arts du Canada for generous support. BOMBAY BLACK is staged by arrangement with Pam Winter, Gary Goddard Agency.
BOMBAY BLACK is independently produced by Rohit Chokhani. The production team is grateful to the support from the BC Arts Council and the Canada Counctil for the Arts for the development of this project in 2018. We are also extremely grateful for the support we have received from our 2018 presenters, namely, Firehall Arts Centre, Evergreen Cultural Centre, TheatreOne and Diwali in BC. We would also like to thank the Dramatic Works program at the Vancouver Fringe Festival in 2017 and Mentor Sherry Yoon and The Cultch for their support during the inception phase of development of this work initially in 2017 and the financial and emotional support of the Chokhani family to make this happen.
Image features Arshdeep Purba as Apsara from the 2018 Production. 2019 production will feature a new cast member. Photo by Raymond Kam.