YPT presents Anita Majumdar’s Boys With Cars: March 23 – April 6
By A Correspondent
A powerful new adaptation addressing female empowerment and consent
"Anita can act, she can write, she is even a mean Kathak dancer! And, she accomplishes all of this with ease, elegance and intelligence." - Deepa Mehta (Director of the Oscar nominated film Water)
Young People’s Theatre (YPT) is thrilled to present Anita Majumdar’s Boys With Cars. An award-winning actress, playwright and dancer, Majumdar wrote, choreographed and performs in this powerful coming of age piece. Commissioned and produced by Nightswimming with additional development support by Young People’s Theatre and The Banff Centre, Boys With Cars will be presented on YPT’s Mainstage from March 23 to April 1, 2017.
This new work was adapted for young audiences from Majumdar’s acclaimed solo plays Let Me Borrow That Top and Boys With Cars. It explores issues of unchecked male privilege, female empowerment and what constitutes consent – important subject matter to consider in these turbulent times. Set in a suburban high school where cultures collide and women struggle for status, Boys With Cars tells the story of an Indo-Canadian teen who tries desperately to fit into the social circle of a popular girl who seems to have everything. Backed by classical Indian, Bollywood and hip-hop music, Majumdar plays each character with honesty and insight, deftly fusing drama, humour and dance.
A National Theatre School of Canada alum, Anita Majumdar was featured in Deepa Mehta's film adaptation of Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2012 and has since been seen worldwide. In theatre, Majumdar is renowned for her self-written, highly acclaimed play Fish Eyes, which has toured across Canada and internationally. Her work in television includes roles in the CBC's Diverted, Republic of Doyle, and Gavin Crawford's Wild Wild West. Anita has over 15 years experience in classical Indian dance including Kathak, Bharatanatyam and Odissi.
Boys With Cars features a superb creative team including Playwright, Choreographer & Performer Anita Majumdar; Director & Dramaturg Brian Quirt; Producer Leslie Haller; Set & Costume Designer Jackie Chau; Lighting Designer/Technical Director Rebecca Picherack; Sound & Projection Designer Christopher Stanton, and Stage Manager Sandy Plunkett.
Boys With Cars
Written, choreographed and performed by Anita Majumdar
Directed by Brian Quirt
Commissioned and produced by Nightswimming, with additional development support by Young People’s Theatre and The Banff Centre
MAINSTAGE | March 23 – April 1, 2017
Recommended for ages 13 & up
For more information visit youngpeoplestheatre.ca