The Rebel Courtesan
American premiere of a thrilling epic based on the true story of a dancing
girl’s rise to fame and glory
in British India.
Compared to France’s legendary Joan of Arc, Begum Sumroo transformed
herself from a dancing girl into a formidable ruler, known for her political
accomplishments as well as her amorous liaisons. After seducing a Swiss German
mercenary, she becomes the powerful ruler of a kingdom that shaped India’s
destiny during the clashes between the forces of the declining Moghul Empire
and the rising English East India Company.
Playing to packed houses for over a year in India, Begum Sumroo has
it all - a courtesan with an appetite for affairs of state, an aging Emperor,
a plotting eunuch, ruthless mercenaries, smoking cannons and brothels, and
passion and betrayal.
Written by internationally acclaimed Indian playwright
Pratap Sharma and directed by Vidhu Singh, former Managing Director of the
Asian American Theater Company. Singh holds a doctorate in Asian Theater
and currently resides in San Francisco, teaching multicultural drama and
directing provocative plays that bridge diverse cultural themes, styles and
Saqib Mausoof, Sukanya Mehr, Rakesh Modi, Raj Pakkala, Axel Parker, Janaki
Ranpura, Nidhi Singh, Karl Wieser, Randall Wright, Nicholas Hall, Sonny Harris,
Cedric Westphal, and Grey Wolf.
Presented by Theater Rasa Nova in
Theater Rasa Nova is a San Francisco-based
group committed to producing extraordinarily inspiring theater that sets
your heart and soul on fire. The name “Theater Rasa Nova” brings
together the Sanskrit word “Rasa,” literally taste or sentiment,
with the Latin word “Nova” or new.