Children watch a performance in India.
According to Artistic Director Joanna Sherman, "Having witnessed the devastation and impact of armed conflict, I am incensed by the silent and equally deadly impact of negligence. The play reveals the 'not in my backyard' mentality of those who are well protected by wealth, power, and position."
Bhopal is directed by Joanna Sherman, Artistic Director of Bond Street Theatre, and features Arpana Bhattacharya, Soumendu Bhattacharya, Shailendra Khurana, Michael McGuigan, Gargi Mukherjee, Sajal Mukherjee, and Anna Zastrow. The chorus for the US performance includes Renee Bhattacharya, Birsa Mukherjee Chatterjee, Barkha Kishnani, Heddy Lahmann, Ilanna Saltzman, and Puja Shourie. The chorus for the India and Nepal tour will include Ilanna Saltzman, Birsa Mukherjee Chatterjee, and a group of local actors.
The Production Stage Manager is Julian Goldhagen. Video and Audio Design by Michael McGuigan, Set Design by Michael McGuigan and Joanna Sherman, Light Design by Olivia Harris, and Costume Design by Barkha Kishnani. The play is produced by Dipan Ray of Epic Actors' Workshop.
Thanks to support from the US Embassy in Kathmandu, the play will be presented at the Natyamela International Drama Festival in Kolkata, India on December 3, the Kathmandu International Theatre Festival in Nepal on December 6, and the National Centre for the Performing Arts Centrestage Festival in Mumbai, India, on December 8.
Bond Street Theatre is pleased to continue its work in India with this international tour. The company completed a three year Arts Exchange Program in 2009, and remains dedicated to the region.