Rukmini’s Gold — Fringe 2015 Press Release

“Get aboard the generational journey that won the Toronto Fringe’s New Play Contest.

Sindhuri Nandhakumar (left) & Brittany Miranda

Excerpt from press release:

Winner of the Toronto Fringe’s 2015 New Play Contest, Rukmini’s Gold is about connections and moments of departure. An old Indian woman clutching her suitcase hobbles onto a deserted platform, distraught at missing her train. Set in stations around the world over 150 years, this heartwarming and amusing play tracks the passages of family and diaspora.

Initially presented as Ghost Train Riders, a short play, at the 2013 Hamilton Fringe Festival, the piece soon received development with Sasha Kovacs. Director Trilby James staged a reading in February in London, U.K, as part of Kali Theatre Talkback 2015. Rukmini’s Gold next pulls into Toronto’s Factory Theatre before returning to the Hamilton Fringe in Red Betty’s hometown.

Written by Radha S. Menon (finalist for the Woodward/Newman International Playwriting Prize and an honorable mention for the Herman Voaden Playwriting Contest) and directed by Wes Berger (Outstanding Direction from NOW Magazine forThe Naked Ballerina), Rukmini’s Gold features a cast of eight actors who play nineteen roles from the South Asian diaspora over ninety minutes. Dora-winning designer Kelly Wolf costumes the different eras and settings.


Wednesday July 1 @ 8:15pm
Saturday July 4 @ 5:15pm
Monday July 6 @ 10:15pm
Tuesday July 7 @ 6:30pm
Wednesday July 8 @ 5:15pm
Friday July 10 @ 12:00pm
Sunday July 12 @ 7:00pm

Venue: Factory Theatre Mainspace (125 Bathurst Street)

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Photo by Radha S. Menon.