Love is in the air, but Mrs. Singh is having none of it, so her could-be-son-in-law kidnaps her to plead his case. Is this the plot for the latest Indian TV drama, or the premise for a dark comedy premiering at Vancouver’s Fringe Festival?
South Asian Arts presents “Mrs. Singh & Me,” an original play that confronts cultural traditions and generational differences with a generous helping of chai and cookies. Munish Sharma (Iceland, This is War, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Chicken) writes and stars in this dark comedy with award-winning actor Nimet Kanji (Bollywood Wedding, The Violet Hour, Continuum). Directed by Jessie Award-nominee Kathleen Duborg and produced by Gurpreet Sian and Rohit Chokhani, Mrs. Singh & Me runs in Vancouver at The Cultch Theatre from September 11-13, 15, 18 and 20, and then in Surrey at the Newton Cultural Centre from October 2 to 4.
“I chose to write this play because we all judge people and ideas that we don’t understand,” says Sharma. “I also wanted to write strong South Asian characters that represent strong cultural perspectives and expose not only South Asian themes, but Canadian themes as well.”
Tickets for the Vancouver dates are $14 online at tickets.vancouverfringe.com or in person from September 8-20 at the Fringe Box Office at 1398 Cartwright Street on Granville Island. Tickets for the Surrey dates are $20 and available online at mrssingh.eventbrite.ca or in person at Kamal’s Video Palace at 8268 120 Street in Surrey.