BOLLYWOOD DRAMA: Same Same But Different (Theatre Passe Muraille PWYC)

Join us for Same Same But Different. Infused with the rhythm and passion of Bollywood music and dance, Same Same But Different brings Bollywood cinema to the stage.  This show is co-produced by Theatre Passe Muraille and Alberta Theatre Projects.

Our group will save on the price of tickets by attending a pay-what-you-can (PWYC) performance which you can pay whatever you can afford. If you don't want to line up, you can still save more than 35 per cent off the regular price adult ticket if you buy an advance matinee ticket.

 

THE PLAY

Same Same But Different is comprised of two intersecting stories that take you behind the scenes of Indian cinema. In the first story, Canadian-born Bollywood starlet Aisha confronts her own prejudices about nationality, skin colour and family – and realises that her dreams of stardom won’t come without sacrifice. The second explores the story of Aisha’s mother, Kabira, and her own life-changing encounter with the world of Bollywood. More information.

Written by Anita Majumdar
Performed by Anita Majumdar and Nicco Lorenzo Garcia

A Theatre Passe Muraille and Alberta Theatre Projects Co-Production
In association with Nightswimming
Directed by Brian Quirt

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT: Anita Majumdar is an award-winning actress, playwright, and dancer raised in Port Moody, British Columbia. While performing in Toronto, she caught the eye of Deepa Mehta (award-winning director of the Academy Award nominated film “Water”) whereupon she was cast as Emerald in the film adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s novel “Midnight’s Children”. Although, Anita is widely recognized for her award-winning performances in films, her first love is theatre. She is a well-known Canadian theatre artist who has performed everywhere from Canada’s Stratford Festival to India’s Museum Theatre. As an acting graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, Anita also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Theatre and South Asian Languages from the University of British Columbia.  Dancing for over 15 years, she initially began her classical Indian dance training in Kathak. In 2007, Anita was one of 50 artists invited to celebrate the Canada Council for the Arts' 50th Anniversary with Governor General, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean and was featured in Anokhi Magazine’s 2010 “Sexy & Successful List”. More Information.

 

DETAILS

WHEN: Saturday, February 22, 2014

TIME: Show starts at 2:00 p.m. Box office opens at 12 noon. Doors to the sitting area open at 1:30 p.m. Meet Amy at 12:00 noon.

WHERE: Theatre Passe Muraille, 16 Ryerson Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5T 2P3 (just north of Queen Street West, east of Bathurst Street)

LENGTH OF SHOW: 2 hours and 40 minutes with intermission

PWYC TICKETS:  Pay what you can (PWYC, on average, members usually pay $10).

ADVANCE MATINEE TICKETS:  $20 + HST

REGULAR EVENING TICKETS: $32.50 adult, $27.50 senior, $20 under 30 (+ HST)

MEETUP FEE:  No meetup fee for this event

 

HOW TO BOOK

PWYC TICKETS: RSVP on this event page and buy your ticket on the day of the performance.

ADVANCE TICKETS: Call the box office at[masked], press “1”, press “0” or book online. To avoid the $2.50 per ticket service fee, purchase ticket in person at the box office.

Members are responsible for purchasing their own tickets directly from the theatre.

SEATING ARRANGEMENTS: Seating is unreserved so members will enter the theatre and sit together as a group.

 

MEETUP ARRANGEMENTS

Meet Amy at 12 noon in the lineup outside the theatre. PWYC tickets will go on sale at 12 noon when the box office opens. Amy is short and will be wearing a red Beijing 2008 Olympics cap.

LUNCH BEFORE SHOW: As soon as we've purchased our PWYC tickets, we'll head to the nearby Tim Hortons for a quick lunch. We will have to return to the theatre by 1:10 p.m. to line up for a good seat in the Mainspace, which will open at 1:30 p.m.

 


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  • Belinda

    I've never read such a diverse set of comments on one show! A big thank you to Amy for organizing and hosting.

    February 24, 2014

  • kamila

    I enjoyed meeting you guys for the first time and hope that we see another show together. I thought my soup was unexpected for lunch, and I thought the play was too long. While a good idea, the story didn't develop enough to warrant such an extension. I enjoyed the unique dancing that I am not familiar with, but as an immigrant I can understand that there might have been some exaggeration or skewing of cultural traditions in the play as well (to include a previous comment). The dynamic nature of the play was exhilarating and I enjoyed it. The childish jokes were a lot of fun as well. I would see it again. It was just a fun, light-hearted, good time all around. Thanks Amy, your event was great!

    February 24, 2014

  • Neelu

    Thanks for organizing Amy! It was nice to meet new people. Hope to see you again soon

    February 23, 2014

  • Neelu

    The play was bit too long but it was nice to meet some people.

    February 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lots of fun

    February 23, 2014

  • Vicki

    It was 'different' for sure, and definitely too long.

    February 23, 2014

  • Anne O

    Interesting for me.
    Thank you Amy for organizing event.

    February 22, 2014

  • Amy

    I enjoyed the show--a good mix between dance, dialogue and singing. I was expecting a drama but it turned out to be a musical comedy.

    February 22, 2014

  • Candice

    Yes, thanks for organizing Amy! :)

    February 22, 2014

  • Eva I.

    Thanks for organizing the event, Amy !

    February 22, 2014

  • Nimira

    I really enjoyed the play and thought Anita was excellent. My only complaint was that I think it was too long. Many thanks for organizing, Amy!

    February 22, 2014

  • Candice

    It was terrible from start to finish. I wanted out in the first 5 minutes, but I hoped it would redeem itself. No such luck. And what was the point of going on about prejudice regarding skin colour & offensive statements about Tamil and Black people, without leaving us with a moral lesson or some transformation having taken place?! Pure garbage! There should be laws against this passing for art or culture, but then that would be censorship. Oh well, glad it's over. Please don't mistake this nonsense and most of that Bollywood drivel for Indian culture.

    1 · February 22, 2014

  • Lisa

    I really enjoyed the play. I liked the interconnectedness between the 2 acts. First as the daughter, then as the mom and the handkerchief that symbolized the connection between the mom and daughter and love they both felt.

    February 22, 2014

  • Afroze

    What a waste of time! The female is supposed to be trained in classical dance. They could have played nice music and showcased her dancing instead.

    1 · February 22, 2014

  • Charles Steven T.

    The actors were earnest but the two stories over two acts just weren't interesting enough to stop me from hoping "it would be over soon"

    2 · February 22, 2014

  • Srijoy

    Where are you guys ?

    February 22, 2014

    • Beth

      We're at tim hortons and will be at the theatre at 1:15.

      February 22, 2014

  • Larisa S.

    Cool - the playwright is from my hometown!

    February 21, 2014

  • Afroze

    Bought tickets online.

    February 15, 2014

  • Michael T.

    I have an extra free ticket for this show for Saturday 15th February at 7:30pm. Anyone interested please get in touch.

    February 2, 2014

    • Belinda

      If anyone is interested in Michael's ticket, please send him a message through his profile by clicking on his name. Please don't post on this event page. Thank you for your co-operation.

      February 2, 2014

  • Larisa S.

    Cool - the playwright is from my hometown!

    January 30, 2014

  • Eva I.

    Ticket purchased.

    January 29, 2014

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