A PEASANT OF EL SALVADOR
The play first opened in September 2013, at Prithvi Theatre, Mumbai
Total running time: 75 minutes (No interval)
Download the tech rider from here.
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 us for many years after we first read it, compelling us to finally stage it. We felt - and still feel - that the Indian agrarian economy and society are a few years away from the kind of chaos and anarchy that the peasants in El Salvador faced.
With one marked difference….
The violence in India has also been turned inward; evidenced by countless instances of farmers dying by suicide. Changing economic conditions and diktats, loss of ancestral land, the ever increasing use of unsustainable GM crops, a corrupt and myopic bureaucracy and government are some of the leading causes of bankruptcy, which drives famers to this unfortunate choice.
The Peasant of El Salvador is an incredible story about a farmer simply trying to get by and provide for his family. Along the way he encounters the military junta, the activist priests, and even revolutionaries. All he really wants to do is till his land, pick flowers and watch his kids play football in the street.
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