Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Sammy ! a play by Partap Sharma / une pièce de théâtre par Partap Sharma

Sammy !
by Partap Sharma

The irrepressible 'Mahatma' in Gandhi is the Inner Voice he could not ignore. This intricately crafted play portrays Gandhi's journey from a tongue-tied lawyer to a shrewd politician and finally the Mahatma (Great Soul). Set against the dramatic background of India's struggle for freedom, this outstanding play surprises our expectation at every turn of the story. Full of humour and style, the play makes past events seem like present gossip and the audience is transported deeper within themselves.

he play brings alive Gandhi's philosophy, pragmatism, and sense of humour. Partap Sharma's play unwinds Gandhi's concepts and his techniques for non-violent struggle. The play is captivating as we realise that Gandhi's struggle has no enemy, no arms, no hate nor revenge, but only the inner strength of millions of ordinary men, women and children.

The play won the best playwright and three other National awards at the Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) in March 2006, performed to standing ovations and full houses in Brussels, Antwerp (in both cities it played to simultaneous translations in French and Flemish!), New York, Boston, Stanford, San Francisco, Houston, Los Angeles, London and has been promptly invited back to the US in July!

What does 'Sammy!' mean? The answer is in Act 1, scene 5.


'SAMMY! will be the sixth production on Gandhi in recent times, making the Father of the Nation the most watched character on stage.' - Deepa Gahlot, The Times of India.

'Outstanding. SAMMY! is by far the most interesting, comprehensive, dramatic work on Gandhi! A great play!'- Peter Ruhe, Gandhi Serve.

'The play is full of gems of wisdom taken mostly from Gandhiji's writings and put into a discussion between the Mahatma and Mohan.The playwright has an interesting way of changing the scene to carry the play forward. Listen to Mahatma when he says, "If the good succeeds, God is good; if the evil succeeds, God is evil. So my concern is not God as God may turn out to be, but the Truth. Because truth is God." ... "But how can an ordinary person like me tackle such a vast crowd?" asks Mohan. "Reach out to them, take away the blindfold and they will see...they called you Sammy," without completing the sentence the Mahtama withdraws.' - Romesh Chander, The Hindu.

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