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Molly Sweeney


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Molly Sweeney, blind since infancy, is leading a contented and fulfilling life despite her disability when her husband Frank - an untiring champion of good causes, and self-taught expert in Iranian goats and Ethiopian bee-farming - persuades her to undergo a series of operations that might restore her sight. Their potential saviour is Mr. Rice, an internationally-renowned eye surgeon who abandoned his glittering career and took to drink when his wife left him for one of his colleagues, and whose slumbering ambitions are awakened one last time when he meets Molly. The story is told from the shifting perspectives of Molly, Frank, and Rice, in interweaving monologues that combine to make a powerful drama examining the connection between seeing and understanding, and how we create the worlds in which we live.

Directed by Rehaan Engineer. Performed by Vidushi Mehra and Farhad Colabavala.

About the Artists:
Vidushi Mehra
Vidushi Mehra is a passionate theatre entrepreneur with a variety of performances for stage, film, and commercials. She turned producer last year and after three very successful productions, she brings one of them titled Molly Sweeney directed by Rehaan Engineer to Mumbai for the first time.

Samar Sarila
Samar Sarila attended The University of SOAS in London where he studied Political Science before moving to Paris to study film and actively get involved in the theatre scene there. He moved back to India, firstly to Mumbai and finally back to Delhi in 2015. He has appeared in numerous Hindi and English language films most recently Gurinder Chadha's 'Viceroy's House' which was an adaptation of his father's book, "Shadows of the Great Game, the Untold Story of India's Partition." In 2017 Samar co-produced 3 plays with Vidushi Mehra, acted in them: 'Skylight' by Sir David Hare, 'Lives of Others' ( an original work by Samar) and most recently 'Molly Sweeney' by Brian Friel, all 3 staged at the Oddbird theatre in Delhi. He is currently working with director Nikhil Mehta at the Black Box theatre in Delhi on an adaptation of Buchner's 'Woycheck'. He is anticipating the release of his two films, 'Cute Little Buggers' and 'Dawning of the Dead' (part of a trilogy and shot in Oxfordshire, UK). Samar has worked with Rehaan Engineer (director) twice before, on Ibsen's "Hedda Gabbler" in 2013 which was performed at the Prithvi, the NCPA In Bombay (2013), The Oddbird in Delhi (2017) on Friel's Molly Sweeney.

Farhad Colabavala
Farhad Colabavala is a well-known theatre, improv, and voice-over artist who has over 300 shows under his belt across India, the UK, and US. Popularly known as 'King Bawa', he is the founder of MAD (Make a Difference) BAWA where he uses theatre and improv as a base for storytelling and helps conceptualize/choreograph events and experiences for international brands, corporates, schools and NGOs’ through content, character and story creation. Farhad is widely recognised and acclaimed for his solo shows like 'Kasturba Panda Ki Pantie' & 'Eight Kings'. His performances have been recognised by many organisations including the Government of India and he has been listed as an approved artist for 'Festivals of India'. Farhad is a product of the Yale School of Drama Conservatory of Actors and also holds an MA in Economics and Management from The University of St.Andrew's, Scotland and an MSc in Finance from The Warwick Business School.