WHO: Internationally renowned playwright Mahesh Dattani will direct the English-language premiere of Chokher Bali (Sand in My Eye), a play based on Rabindranath Tagore’s modern literary classic. The performance, presented by the Barnard College Department of Theatre, is one of few Indian productions to be performed in the United States and will also feature the work of Broadway production designer Neil Patel. This production is dramatized and translated by Professor Partha Chatterjee of Columbia University’s Departments of Anthropology and Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies. Barnard College and Columbia University students will comprise the cast.

WHAT: Chokher Bali (Sand in My Eye) is based one of the most well-known Indian classical works. The play is a compelling account of marriage and widowhood against the backdrop of the rapidly modernizing bhadralok, or gentlemanly class, of late 19th century Calcutta. Chokher Bali transcends its immediate historical context to become a timeless meditation on feminine desire and agency.

WHEN: Thurs., March 3, 8 p.m., Fri. March 4, 8 p.m. and Sat., March 5, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

The Thursday performance will feature a post-show talkback with director Mahesh Dattani; the playwright; Professor Partha Chatterjee, Columbia University Professor of Anthropology and Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies; and Shayoni Mitra, Barnard College Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in Theatre. The discussion will be moderated by Alice Reagan, assistant professor of professional practice, Barnard College Department of Theatre.

The Saturday evening performance will be followed by a reception.

WHERE: Minor Latham Playhouse, located on the first floor of Milbank Hall on the Barnard campus, 3009 Broadway, New York, NY, 10027

WHY: This production is being held to help foster cultural exchange and global dialogue. It is made possible through a grant to Barnard College awarded by the Asian Cultural Council (ACC), and through generous support from the Ahuja Distinguished Visiting Fellowship, South Asian Institute, Columbia University.

HOW: Tickets are on sale for $10, with a $5 student discount for Barnard/Columbia affiliates. For reservations and more information, visit http://theatre.barnard.edu/chokherbali.

Stephanie Browne
(212) 854-2037