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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 10, 2014
Sam Rush, Production and Publicity Manager
(413) 585-3249; srush@smith.edu
Nikki Beck, Production and Publicity Assistant
(413) 585-3222; ncbeck@smith.edu

Smith College Presents an Evening of Two One-Act Plays

Northampton, MA—Opening February 28, the Smith College Department of Theatre presents two One-Act Plays in the Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre. While representative of widely different worlds, both KAMALA and CHAMBER MUSIC explore how a group decision can have strong repercussions on the life of an individual who doesn't have a voice. These two performances explore history, morality, and the politics of human relationships in the close quarters of a single room.



Vijay Tendulkar's play KAMALA touches upon modern day slavery, ethical journalism and domestic oppression of women. Jaisingh Jadhav buys a woman named Kamala from a flesh market in impoverished region of India, and brings her home to use her for a press conference to prove that the flesh trade still exists. KAMALA brings forth a question for everyone: Does the art lie in presenting the case or in the case itself? Written by Vijay Tendulkar, this play is inspired by a real journalism scandal in 1980s.


Afreen Seher Gandhi, class of 2015, adapted the play she will be directing. She says "I love the play. KAMALA has just the right amount of sadness, humor, seriousness, and most of all, it tackles all the issues I feel strongly about. There is something about Tendulkar's KAMALA, he draws you into his characters' life and gently questions grave social norms and issues, that pertain to not just the Indian Sub continent but throughout the world."



Written in 1962 by two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Arthur Kopit, CHAMBER MUSIC tells the story of eight women in an asylum who all believe themselves to be famous figures from throughout history. The women come together to plan for an attack they all believe is coming from their enemies: the inmates of the men's ward. As personalities clash and identities come into question, the women reach a conclusion that may cost someone their life.


Sara Kelly, class of 2014, says she chose Chamber Music because she found it to be wholly relevant to the Smith community. "For women, figuring out how to empower ourselves in situations in which we are generally powerless is something we struggle with constantly, and I thought this play was an engaging medium to explore that through."


An Evening of Two One-Act Plays: KAMALA and CHAMBER MUSIC


Friday, February 28 (Dollar Night), Saturday, March 1

Thursday, March 6, Friday, March 7, Saturday, March 8

All performances are at 8:00 PM in the Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre at Smith College.
Tickets are $8 Adults, $5 Students/Seniors, $3 Smith Students with ID. 
All tickets are $1 on February 28.

Tickets available online or by calling 413-585-ARTS (2787).

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