Antigonish, NS (July 4, 2019) – After performing to sold-out crowds around the world, the hit play A Brimful of Asha makes it east coast debut at Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre. The show opens on July 18th, with a pay-what-you-can preview on July 17th.
Written by Canadian actor/director/producer Ravi Jain, this is a true story about generational and cultural clash, presented as a charming comedy on stage. When Ravi travels from Toronto to India, his parents decide – “purely by coincidence” – to go at the same time. Unbeknownst to Ravi, their plan is to find him a suitable bride through an arranged marriage. Ravi is not ready, at least not yet, but his mom Asha fears that time is running out! Family meetings, betrayals, binders full of girls, and clash after cultural clash are revealed as both Ravi and Asha tell their sides of this true story, each hoping to get the audience on their side.
The show has been a runaway success, selling out several runs in its home city of Toronto, and playing to sold out crowds across Canada, as well as internationally, including the Tricycle Theatre in London, the Signature Theatre in NYC, and the Spoleto Festival in South Carolina. While the original production starred the playwrights themselves, Festival Antigonish is the first theatre company to produce the play in its next evolution – with actors playing the roles of Asha and Ravi Jain.
“It’s funny, charming, and delightful” says Artistic Director Andrea Boyd. “This play will appeal to our audiences with its unique yet timeless storytelling style, and we have two fantastic actors taking on the roles of Ravi and Asha”.
The play stars Ronica Sajnani and Matt Lacas. Ronica has extensive theatre, film, and television credits, including The Handmaid’s Tale; Black Mirror; Bollywood Hollywood; and, Water. Matt Lacas has performed on stages across Canada, the U.S., and Asia, and is the founder of We are Here Productions in Toronto. This is the first time for both actors at Festival Antigonish. At the helm of the production is Director Linda Moore, most well known in Nova Scotia for her role as Artistic Director of the Neptune Theatre from 1990 – 2000.
The show will have a limited run of just 10 performances between July 18 – August 2 (preview on July 17th). All evening shows take place at 8 pm at the Bauer Theatre, and matinees take place at 2 pm. Some lucky audience members will even get to enjoy a taste of warm and fresh samosas as part of the immersive cultural experience offered through the play.
Tickets are available online (any time) and at the Bauer Theatre box office (9 am – 9 pm, Monday – Saturday). A limited number of season passes are also still available, and offer a great deal with a 15% saving on main stage tickets. A complete schedule and show details can be found online at www.festivalantigonish.com or by calling (902) 867-3333.
The Pay-what-you-can Preview show on July 17th is sponsored by Keltic Ford. The show starts at 8 pm, general seating begins at 7:30 pm, with admission by donation at the door. Early lineup is recommended.
Festival Antigonish is grateful for the support of its funding partners – Arts Nova Scotia, Canada Council for the Arts, Town of Antigonish, and Municipality of the County of Antigonish; StFX University; its Main Stage Co-Sponsors – MacLeod Group and Atlantic Windows; the Production Sponsor for A BRIMFUL OF ASHA– BMO Nesbitt Burns; and all supporting businesses and partners.
The 2019 season theme is Dream Big. Other plays in the season include the madcap comedy Ben Hur, country music tribute Honky Tonk Blue: The Night Patsy met Hank, the dark comedy The Goodnight Bird, and a musical for young audiences that is based on Sheree Fitch’s acclaimed book If You Could Wear My Sneakers.
About Festival Antigonish
Festival Antigonish has established a proud legacy as the premier summer repertory theatre in Atlantic Canada. With a history that spans three decades; a patron base of over 8,000 people, including residents and regional, national, and international tourists; an acclaimed reputation as a local economic and cultural anchor; and an artistic commitment to excellence; we are proud of our successes and we are committed to growth. We strive to create a supportive environment for Nova Scotian artists while producing and presenting a balanced selection of Canadian and international works. Each summer, we bring together some of the best writers, actors, technicians, and directors to produce an award-winning Main Stage Series, a Family Show, and a selection of innovative theatrical and artistic presentations. We are the proud recipients of the 2017 Festivals and Events tourism award from Destination Eastern and Northumberland Shores.
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