Pulitzer Prize winner Katherine Boo’s book turns into epic new production on screen
Sedona AZ (March 23, 2015) – The National Theatre of London continues its season with “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” showing in Sedona on Monday, March 30 at 4 p.m. The Sedona International Film Festival hosts the big screen premiere at its Mary D. Fisher Theatre.
Meera Syal returns to the National Theatre, directed by Rufus Norris (Broken, London Road).
Pulitzer Prize-winner Katherine Boo spent three years in Annawadi recording the lives of its residents. From her uncompromising book, winner of the National Book Award for Non-Fiction 2012, David Hare has fashioned a tumultuous play on an epic scale.
India is surging with global ambition. But beyond the luxury hotels surrounding Mumbai airport lies a makeshift slum, full of people with plans of their own. Zehrunisa and her son Abdul aim to recycle enough rubbish to fund a proper house. Sunil, twelve and stunted, wants to eat until he’s as tall as Kalu the thief. Asha seeks to steal government anti-poverty funds to turn herself into a ‘first-class person’, while her daughter Manju intends to become the slum’s first female graduate.
But their schemes are fragile; global recession threatens the garbage trade, and another slum-dweller is about to make an accusation that will destroy herself and shatter the neighborhood.
Critics are raving about the production, which is getting 4- and 5-star reviews from every major publication.
‘A triumph for David Hare and Meera Syal’ — Guardian
‘David Hare’s adaptation of Katharine Boo’s acclaimed study of a Mumbai slum breaks new ground for the National’ — Observer
‘Compelling. Unforgettably communications a world in which life is cheap.’ — Daily Telegraph
‘Magnificent. Rufus Norris’s production has a humane, dignified sweep that captivates’ — Independent
“Behind the Beautiful Forevers” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Monday, March 30 at 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $15, or $12.50 for Film Festival members. Tickets are available in advance at the Sedona International Film Festival office or by calling 928-282-1177 or online at www.SedonaFilmFestival.org. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona.