The Cultch, in partnership with Diwali Fest, presents:

Piya Behrupiya (Twelfth Night)

The Company Theatre (India)

WHEN: October 11-22, 2016

Opening: October 11, 8pm

Performance Times: October 12-15 & 18-22, 8pm Matinees: October 16 & 22, 2pm

WHERE: YORK THEATRE 639 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC

TICKETS: Tickets from $25

On sale now at The Cultch’s Box Office, by phone at 604.251.1363, or online at www.thecultch.com

ADDED VALUE: Enjoy a lively post-show Q&A on October 12, 18, & 19 at 8pm; October 16 at 2pm


(Vancouver, BC) – The Cultch and Diwali Fest have partnered to present Piya Behrupiya (Twelfth Night) from Tuesday, October 11 to Saturday, October 22 at the York Theatre.

The Company Theatre, one of Mumbai’s most innovative theatre groups, has created a Bollywood-meets-Shakespeare musical adaptation of Twelfth Night. In the household of Olivia, two campaigns are being quietly waged – one by the lovesick lord Orsino against the heart of the indifferent Olivia; the other by an alliance of servants and hangers-on against the high-handedness of her steward, the pompous Malvolio. When Orsino engages the cross-dressed Viola to plead with Olivia on his behalf, a bittersweet chain of events follow.

A runaway success, the contagiously joyful Piya Behrupiya (Twelfth Night) has since been performed nearly 100 times across India and around the world. Translated by Amitosh Nagpal, Piya Behrupiya (Twelfth Night) is performed in Hindi with English surtitles.

“Delights with an originality of its own” – Mumbai Theatre Guide

“Outstanding. The sheer ingenuity Atul Kumar has given Piya Behrupiya and his creative vision is proof that theatre direction in India has reached a level which even the best talents in Bollywood will struggle to match. If you think theatre is ‘boring’, this play will break all those notions and make you a fan.” – Times of India

“Refreshingly, with their silly humour, carefree dancing and brilliant colour, this ensemble acknowledges the play’s light-hearted status and delivers a bold and powerfully casual piece that is, more than anything, just a whole lot of fun.” – Stage Impressions

Piya Behrupiya is based on Twelfth Night written by William Shakespeare

Cast:

Geetanjali Kulkarni as Viola Neha Saraf as Feste

Mansi Multani as Olivia Trupti Khamkar as Maria Sagar Deshmukh as Orsino Mantra as Sebastian

Gagan Riar as Uncle Toby

Saurabh Nayyar as Malvolio

Aadar Malik as Andrew Agucheek

Director: Atul Kumar

Translator: Amitosh Nagpal

Percussion: Rahul Sharma

Harmonium: Amod Bhatt

Assistant Percussionist: Niketa Saraf

Costumes: Trupti Khamkar, Neha Saraf, & Kiyomi Mehta Production: Priyanshi Bahadur

Lighting: Atul Kumar

Administration: Priyanshi Bahadur

Backstage and Surtitles: Vinod Ravindran

About The Cultch:

Now in its 43rd season, The Cultch has been one of Vancouver’s most diverse and innovative arts and cultural institutions, offering dynamic programming in contemporary theatre, dance, and music by local, national, and international artists. Today, The Cultch continues to enrich the social and cultural life of Vancouver by bringing world-class cultural presentations to the public, supporting the growth of emerging artists and companies, and facilitating dialogue between groups in the Lower Mainland, especially within our local community of East Vancouver. The Cultch is so much more than just a theatre in the physical sense – our organization is looked upon as one of the foremost performing arts presenters in the country. Widely recognized as an innovator and leader, we have played an integral role in the development of British Columbia’s artistic landscape. www.thcultch.com

About Diwali Fest:

Produced by the Diwali Celebration Society, Diwali Fest is an annual South Asian arts and culture festival that celebrates the universal light that exists in everyone. Diwali Fest originated in 2004 and has since evolved to become one of the largest Diwali-themed events in the Lower Mainland and a destination event on the city’s cultural calendar. It strives to promote unity in diversity and showcases the best and brightest South Asian talent, exhibiting artistic innovation through a myriad of forms while engaging a wide community in an active and inclusive role. Each year’s festival engages dozens of artists in events across the city, the majority of which are open and free to the general public, by donation, or at affordably priced tickets. Diwali Fest would not be possible without the generous support of its board members: Kriti Dewan, Gurdeep Birdi, Chirag Vesuvala, Sahil Bhrany, Soutomi Kundu, and Gurpreet Sian. www.diwalifest.c