A PEASANT OF EL SALVADOR
A powerful story of a land farmer and his family in Central America during the 1970's - where the sweat is salty, the feuds are bitter and the corn is sweet.
The story of A Peasant of El Salvador stayed with Quasar over the years and we decided to open it in September 2013. We feel that the agrarian economy/society in India is only a few years away from the kind of chaos and anarchy that the peasants in El Salvador had to face.
The violence has been turned inward in India and there are countless instances of farmer's committing suicides due to the changing economics and facing loss of ancestral land and subsequent bankruptcy. GM crops are on the rise and with very corrupt and short sighted government officials in collusion with the multi nationals, rural development in India is ad hoc and unmindful of it's effects on India's citizens, the economy and the environment.
The play first opened in September 2013, at Prithvi Theatre, Mumbai
Total running time: 75 minutes (No interval)
Download the tech rider from here.
CAST & CREDITS
Performers: Meher Acharia-Dar, Suhaas Ahuja, Pramod Pathak
Writers: Peter Gould and Stephen Stearns
Director: Quasar Thakore Padamsee
Light Designer: Arghya Lahiri
Production Designer: Q & Dhanendra Kawade
Costume Designer: Toral Shah
Production Manager: Rachit Khetan
Weaving together continents, languages and lives that are all too often real but rarely spoken of, QTP's rendition of A Peasant is an artistically compelling, globally resonant performance
The Sunday Guardian