The Music In My Blood - Tues, Sept 27 @ 8:00pm
The Music In My Blood - Tues, Sept 27 @ 8:00pm
Music by : Sandip Bhattacharjee & Susmita Chakraborty
Tuesday, September 27th at 8:00 pm in the Upstairs Theatre of Paradise Factory
Written by: Shubhra Prakash
Directed by: Marcus Yi
ABOUT THE PLAY
Prema has run away from home escaping her strict mother who has given her life to the pursuit of music. Archana has struggled all her life to learn music which she must pass on to her daughter. Walter Kaufmann a western classical pianist's has become a refugee to India during WWII, he discovers the music of India. As Prema learns about Walter's journey, she has a chance to repair the relationship with her own mother.
ARCHANA / MAA played by Radhika Mehrotra
Radhika Mehrotra is an economics graduate and a passionate method actress from India. She recently completed the two-year conservatory program at the Lee Strasberg Institute of Theater and Film. Radhika began acting at the age of eight, and has been acting since her school days. She has rendered performances in plays like The Dark at the top of the stairs, Norway Today , The Private Ear, Bang Bang You're Dead, Love Letters, Pune Highway and The Gronholm Method. She is extremely passionate about clowning and mask-work, and is currently performing at the NY Fringe Festival with her commedia dell’arte group in a piece called “The history of Servitude”. Radhika is super excited to be a part of this production and is extremely delighted to have worked with such a wonderful cast and crew.
WALTER KAUFMANN played by Jacob Pressley
BFA in Theatre from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. Ongoing training at Working Actor Studio in NYC. Jacob is happy to be working with Marcus and Shubhra again for The Music In My Blood. Jacob performs in various concerts at Feinstein's 54 Below and The Town Hall. Also, seen recently in Puccini's La Fanciulla Del West at El Museo Del Bario and the past role of Bobby Strong in Urinetown. In addition to performing, Jacob is a youth Acting and Fencing instructor at Cresskill Peforming Arts in NJ. www.jpressley.com
PREMA played by Priyanka Krishnan
Priyanka gravitates towards coffee, bacon, and pleasantness. After earning her obligatory degree in Architecture (India), she firmly moved to New York, where she just graduated with a degree in Musical Theatre Performance (CAP21). She was recently cast in a music video from the 2015 Grammy® Winning album Winds of Samsara. In other news, she secretly hopes for the continued patronage of the Oxford comma - lest she be left to find her inspiration in baking, her family and George Carlin.
KAMAL played by Raj Chauhan
Raj has played roles from Chekhov, Tennesee Williams, Ernest Hemingway, Lanford Wilson and
many other contemporary works during his training. He has written, directed and acted in his own short
music film - Sing Along. He has also acted in half a dozen other short films. Raj is trained in Acting from the Lee Strasberg Institute, NY and in Filmmaking from New York Film Academy. He has worked with and trained by eminent actors/directors/teachers like George Loros, Robert Ellermann and Mauricio Bustamante. Raj also holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering. Born and brought up in India, Raj, who is Bollywood at heart, has travelled for work from Dubai to Singapore and came to New York to pursue his dreams. He loves to write/ recite poems in English, Hindi and Marathi. He takes his dance seriously and is also performing at Tamasha festival with Dance-Drama-Dramatics. He enjoys singing, cooking, playing cricket and badminton. Raj wishes to touch many lives through the art he creates and stories he tells or is a part of.
VIKRAM played by Vaibhav Jain
A recent graduate of the conservatory program at the Stella Adler Studio of
Acting, Vaibhav was last seen playing Peter Patrone from The Heidi Chronicles for his graduation showcase. After 4 years of working in advertising and an MBA from Germany, he decided to move to New York City in 2015 to pursue acting. In his free time, Vaibhav can be found teaching yoga & meditation, trying to unravel the mysteries of our existence and creating surreal art.
Sandip was born into a family with a deep rooted love for music. He was initiated into music by his mother Smt. Krishna Bhattacharjee at the age of four and he continued his talim under Smt. Amita Dasgupta later.
At the age of sixteen, Sandip began his talim at the ITC Sangeet Research Academy under the distinguished guidance of Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan and Ustad Mubarak Ali Khan, sons and disciples of the late legendary Sarangi Maestro Padmashree Ustad Shakoor Khan.
In 2003 he joined ITC-SRA as a residential scholar and in 2013 he became an acknowledged musician at the academy.
Under both his gurus, Sandip was nurtured in the true guru shishya parampara system of training in the Kirana Gharana. Sandip has accomplished a rare feat: he has lived up to the promise and talent he showed as a child prodigy. Although he does not come from the family lineage of Kirana Gharana, Sandip has become a respected proponent of that gayaki style through his training and hard work.
For More information, visit http://www.sandipbhattacharjee.com/
has been singing since the age of five. She has participated in and won numerous vocal competitions; she has a lot of performance experience.
Susmita received ten years of Hindustani classical vocal training from Tandra Ghoshal ; afterwards, she learned from Pt. Jayanta Bose who is admired as a versatile genius in the global field of music (Vocal, Harmonium & Tabla) and still learning from Bidushi Suranjana Bose who is “Top grade “ Radio Artist in India.
Susmita has also learned other forms of vocal music (Semi-Classical/Light, Najrul Geeti, old Hindi film songs,Bhajans, Ghazal and Thumri) from several respected teachers .
Additionally, she enjoys singing regional songs from her native Bengal. She learned Bengali modern songs from the renowned vocalist Haimanti Shukla and Najrulgeeti from Swapna Kanjilal.
In 2002, Susmita recorded a song (“Akash Dake Aaj”) for a travel tv show .
In 2010, she released a solo Bengali modern song album (“Megh Mon Chuye Jaye”) which was released by Raga Music.
In 2013, she released an album entitled “Gunjan” as part of a group.
In 2014, she released a solo album aptly called “Shraddhanjali” comprised of old classic Hindi songs
In 2014, she toured the USA (NYC, NJ, Chicago, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Washington DC etc.) for musical performances.
In 2015, she released a solo album called “Tribute to Lata Mangeshkar” comprised of old classic Hindi songs of Lataji
In 2015 , she has recorded song for an upcoming Hindi Movie “ Anokhi Raat”
DIRECTOR Marcus Yi
Marcus Yi is an award winning writer/director and performer based in New York. He has created work in Singapore, Atlanta and New York and is the artistic director of Living Room Theater. He has worked on over 100 productions and his recently created work include Micro Shrimp The Musical (Winner of 11th Annual NJ Playwrights Contest), 29x/y (WIld Project, Paradise Factory), Pretty Little Mouth (Roy Arias), The Procedure (Gene Frankel Theater), The Ephemeral Lightness of Dreams: the dream plays (Lynn Redgrave Theatre), Thicker Than Water: the blood plays and Baby Baby!. His work has been produced by the National Asian Artists Project, Yangtze Rep, Asian American Film Lab, The Secret Theatre, New Jersey Playwrights Contest, Ingenue Theater, Modern Griot Theatre, Ticket2eternity Productions, Queens Players, Rising Solo, POPLAB, URNetworkAlliance, NYC Actors and Playwrights Collective, All Out Arts, Short Play Lab, Angry Head Productions and Living Room Theater. His work has been seen at the Midtown International Theater Festival, Planet Connections Theater Festivity, Fresh Fruit Festival and the Midwinter Madness Theater Festival. Marcus was also named one of Indie Theater Now's 2014 People of the Year and is an Indie Theater Now Playwright.
WRITER Shubhra Prakash
The Music In My Blood Shubhra's second play which is the result of her love for the music of her homeland. Her first work "For Our Own" ran at Planet Connections Festival 2014 for which she received the Activist Award for getting a great deal of involvement from the South Asian Marrow Association of Recruiters. Shubhra is also the co-founder of Hypokrit Theatre Company. Please visit : https://www.facebook.com/5000roses/?fref=ts to stay updated.