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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Performance: The Other Mr. Gandhi

The Other Mr. Gandhi
a one-man fictional drama, written, performed and directed by Zaraawar Mistry

Fri-Sat, October 5-6 at 7:30 p.m.

Dreamland Arts
677 Hamline Ave. N.,
St. Paul, MN 55104

In December 1971 war breaks out between India and Pakistan, and Squadron Leader Rusi Gandhi, a pilot in the Indian Air Force, is sent on a bombing mission into Pakistan. His fate, and that of his wife and children, are the subject of this fictional drama about a Parsi family from Mumbai, and how their lives are interwoven with the ongoing conflict between India and Pakistan. The Parsis are Zoroastrians who emigrated to India from Iran in the 10th century.

The Other Mr. Gandhi is the third of a series; the previous works Zaraawar has created are Sohrab and Rustum (City Pages' 10 Best of 2002) and Indian Cowboy (Star Tribune's Outstanding Experimental Work 2006). The Other Mr. Gandhi premiered with a sold-out run at Dreamland Arts in St. Paul in February 2012 and opened Illusion Theater's 25th Fresh Ink series in July. Dreamland Arts is a comfortable, welcoming and accessible 40-seat performing arts studio that presents performances, workshops and classes in theater, music, puppetry and dance. The Other Mr. Gandhi is recommended for ages 13+. 90 minutes.

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