The Other Mr. Gandhi
Written, performed and directed
by Zaraawar Mistry
Photo: Charissa Uemura
"This performance was stunning in its simplicity and clarity. Mistry is a masterful story teller and performer who portrayed more than 8 characters with amazing detail. Using three wooden crates and 9 hanging bare lightbulbs he seamlessly and effectively transported the audience to Bombay, Pakistan, California, in temples, hotels, cars and prisons." MPR Art Hounds 2012 Theater and Dance Highlights
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 tensions between India and Pakistan. The Parsis are Zoroastrians who emigrated to India from Iran in the 10th century.
Run time: 90 minutes. Intermission: No
Age Recommendation: Ages 13+
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The Other Mr. Gandhi premiered at Dreamland Arts in St. Paul in February 2012 and opened Illusion Theater's 25th Fresh Ink series in July 2012. It is truly a one-man play; there are no other artists or technicians involved.
The Other Mr. Gandhi is the third play of The Sugar in the Milk Trilogy, a series of solo plays written and performed by Zaraawar Mistry. The three plays in the series are Sohrab and Rustum (2002), Indian Cowboy (2006), and The Other Mr. Gandhi (2012).
About the title of the Trilogy: Listen to Zaraawar's telling of The Sugar in the Milk story, from his collection of Children's Stories from India.
MPR profile of Zaraawar Mistry
Interview with City Pages