SAWITRI Theatre Group is inviting actors to meet online to read the first draft of a new play in English – by Jasmine Sawant and Kyle Climans. Working title “Pandemic Pandemonium”
Director: Dia Frid and Dramaturge – Ron Cameron-Lewis
The play will be staged outdoors in July-August 2021. NOTE: This is not an audition.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register for on any one of the following dates:
First reading – Saturday May 1, 2021 from 7 to 10 pm.
Second reading – Friday May 7, 2021 from 7 to 10 pm
Third reading – Saturday May 15, 2021 from 7 pm to 10 pm
Smita Mehta – 54 – Emigrating from Mumbai 25 years earlier, Smita is a straight-shooting, fun-loving, hard- working and caring person.
Ajay Mehta – 58 – Smita’s husband of 33 years, he can never say ‘no’ to anyone, much to Smita’s annoyance.
Raj Mehta – 29 –Smita and Ajay’s only child, he was raised in Canada. a struggling actor with big dreams.
Daniel Choi – 40 – Korean-Canadian neighbour, he is a cheerful optimist who values family and neighbours. Loves cooking.
Miriam Choi – 38 – Jewish-Canadian wife of Daniel, she is Smita’s friend and relies on Smita for help and advice.
Kavita “Kavi” Arora – 33 – Visiting from Mumbai, she is a lovely young woman trying to get over her broken engagement to a wealthy young man living in Dubai.
Vishal Arora – 63 – Father of Kavita, he loves to eat and drink well both in Mumbai and while visiting Canada; he bursts into Bollywood song whenever the situation calls for it.
Deepa Arora 58 – Mother of Kavita, she is a charming socialite from Mumbai.
Ryan Barrett 25 – A neighbour who is a struggling artist suffering from writer’s block.
“A wellness program for South Asian seniors 60 years plus”.
Conversations & Connections
30th Nov to 28th Dec 2020 – Every Monday at 7 pm EST
Hindi Shorts 2020
One short play each Friday – Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27 and Dec. 4, 2020- 9 pm EST livestreamed
HINDI SHORTS 2020 – 5 Short Plays
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Acting workshops – Postponed due to COVID-19 closures yet again.
Register for Acting workshops – in-person – health protocols in place.
Online Acting Workshops – Every Tuesday from 16th June to 4th August 2020 – Postponed
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SAWITRI Theatre Group
During these uncertain times of closures, lay- offs, and social distancing, SAWITRI Theatre is very aware and concerned about the significant impact this phase will have on our livelihood, our health, and on our general sense of well-being. At this stage, no one is able to predict the extent of its impact on local, national and global economies, wherein the arts and culture sector plays a significant role.
Following the directives of public health authorities, SAWITRI Theatre’s response has been to postpone the following projects and productions which were all taking place, or about to take place:
- The Stitch In Time Project
- The Food For Thought Project
- The Conversations & Connections Project
- The rehearsals and performances of Hindi Shorts 2020
- The workshop series for artists
- The launch of a new theatre festival
- SAWITRI’s participation in The Dispelling Darkness Project.
We are closely following public health updates and we will advise the new dates for resuming in-person activities when it becomes possible to do so.
Meanwhile we are continuing to rehearse Hindi Shorts 2020 via conference/video calling and are planning the launch of a few online activities to keep us creatively engaged.
We also urge you to document the effects on your arts programming and operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Record your financial and other losses and take surveys put out by government and arts councils.
Government and arts councils are still determining the best way to help the arts sector through this crisis and they have stated the importance of documenting your financial losses as an artist or an
If you have any questions, please write to us at email@example.com
Stay healthy and Stay Connected – Digitally/Virtually
Below are some resources we have gathered for you. Hope you find them useful:
- Peel Health
- City of Mississauga
- Government of Canada
- Tracking financial losses due to COVID-19 – worksheet by Generator
- List of resources by CBC for Canadian Artists & Freelancers
- Ontario Arts Council
- Canada Council for the Arts
SAWITRI Theatre! HINDI SHORTS 2020! Auditions!
A new set of short plays in Hindi written by Uday Krishna and Tanuj Khosla.
Looking for strong actors from ages 20 years to 60 years male and female who can speak Hindi! And looking for two 15-year old male actors!
To Apply: Email headshot (professional headshots not required) acting resume and self-tape (professional recording not required), no more than two minutes in duration with one comedic and one dramatic piece of your choice. Latest by Wednesday 19th February 2020.
Rehearsals will take place week-nights and weekends from 21st February 2020 and leading up to the performances. A detailed rehearsal and performance schedule will be given to those actors who are selected. Actors have to commit their time to all rehearsals and performances.
Rehearsal Venue: In Mississauga. Exact location TBA.
Performance dates – April 10, 11 & 12, 2020 – 4 performances.
Performance Venue: Sampradaya Theatre, 4-3250 Ridgeway Drive, Mississauga, ON L5L 5Y6
SAWITRI Theatre Group – Winner of 2016 Marty Award for Best Established Theatre, SAWITRI, founded in January 2003, is an incorporated not-for-profit theatre organization, presenting original, challenging and exciting works, of established as well as emerging artists. Highlighting issues prevalent in the South Asian community, SAWITRI Theatre Group is known to take risks, bringing unique theatre experiences every year to its audiences; producing plays in some of India’s many languages, including English.
Website – www.sawitri.ca
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/sawitritheatregroup
SAVITA weds SATISH was recently remounted in collaboration with the City of Mississauga at the historic Small Arms Inspection Building (SAIB) from 15th May to 21st May. Stay tuned for details on our productions and events.
SAVITA WEDS SATISH
Written by Jasmine Sawant and Adam Langton
Directed by Siddhant (Sid) Sawant
Producer: Nitin Sawant; Assistant Director: Raina Desai; Music/Sound Design: Kalaisan Kalaichelvan; Choreography: Suma Nair; Costume Design: Shruti Shah; Bazaar Design: Elly Ball.
CAST: Suma Nair, Gunja Chakraborty, Uma Ambike, Sylvan Valladares, Anjum Siddiqui, Shalaka Sardesai, Sweta Surisetti, Janifer Randhawa & Ashutosh Walia. Additional Cast: Raina Desai & Amlan Das.
Celebrating South Asian Heritage Month – SAWITRI Theatre Group, in collaboration with the City of Mississauga, brought back SAVITA WEDS SATISH, (in English), at the Small Arms Inspection Building, Mississauga, for 7 performances, from Wednesday May 15 to Tuesday May 21, 2019. It was an immersive, wedding-style theatre piece. The story of widowed Savita, who suddenly decides to get married with all the ceremony and tradition of an Indian Hindu wedding. Her proper relatives are unhappy for a variety of reasons not least of which is that no one has seen the groom. In these days of social media, that’s a huge cause for concern. Maybe he’s “fat and ugly!”? Or worse!?! The audience were part of the play as the wedding party and every show had the audience members dancing to the wedding party music.
There was a pre-show bazaar that evoked the colours of the bazaars of India, right here in Mississauga.
Coming this FALL, is our next series of Theatre Workshops.
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In Mississauga! email firstname.lastname@example.org for details
Acting workshops for All! A seasoned performer or a never-been-on stage or screen, you will love these classes!
Rev up your public persona, spark up your confidence, ignite your imagination, or just vent after a long week at waiting tables, pushing paper, or balancing budgets, this is right for you. Fun and supportive, it will help you reach your artistic goal, whatever that may be.
Learn acting skills through script work, scene study, monologue and improvisation, as well as on-camera auditioning skills for commercials and film.