My good friend Jay Paramsothy, whom I worked with on his short film Blinding Goldfish that enjoyed a nice festival run a few years ago, will be directing a staged reading of his new feature-length screenplay The Emperor Has Arrived, co-written by Catherine Torphy, at SALAAM Theatre in New York City on Monday, April 21. Among the list of actors tentatively scheduled to participate in the reading are Anjali Bhimani, Sanjit DeSilva, Aladdin Ullah, Alex Tavis, Nimesh Gandhi, Anna George and others. More details can be found below and also here.
Monday, April 21, 2008 – 7:00 PM (doors open at 6:45pm)
SALAAM 3rd Mondays
Geeta Citygirl, Artistic Director invites you to a reading of a screenplay.
THE EMPEROR HAS ARRIVED
Written by Jay Paramsothy and Catherine Torphy
Directed by Jay Paramsothy
SYNOPSIS: When his estranged father suddenly dies, a young Manhattan architect must perform the traditional Hindu funeral ceremonies in Malaysia, where he comedically clashes with his Indian relatives and their traditions, and discovers a family secret that will change his life forever.
SALAAM Theatre 16 West 32nd Street – 10th floor Between Fifth Avenue and Broadway New York, NY 10001
Donations are encouraged. Nobody is turned away due to lack of funds.
After the reading, please stay to enjoy some refreshments, snacks and our much-loved vegetarian samosas.
Jay Paramsothy studied film and theater with an emphasis on directing at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. He also studied screenwriting and film production at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. After graduation, he worked on numerous independent and studio films as a production assistant, production coordinator and producer. In addition, Paramsothy wrote and produced on-air promotions for HBO’s Cinemax channel and Comedy Central. His first directorial effort was Blinding Goldfish, which premiered in 2005 at the Pan African Film Festival and continued to play on the festival circuit. In 2006, he was a Sundance Institute finalist. He is currently collaborating with Catherine Torphy on their next screenplay.
Catherine Torphy’s short stories were first published while she was an undergraduate at Colby College, where she majored in English with a creative writing concentration. As an undergraduate, she also studied film production and screenwriting at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Her stories have been published in various literary journals, including New Letters, and have twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. After graduating in 1998, she lived in Italy for four years, working as a freelance writer for Time Out and several Italian magazines, while continuing her work on various fiction and screenwriting projects. She returned to the U.S. and completed a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the University of Arizona in 2005. Catherine currently lives in NYC, where she works as a web editor and writer.
SALAAM 3rd Mondays kicked off in the year 2000 and we assure you that we will continue to link all peoples and all the arts in the spirit of progressive solidarity. Heartfelt thanks for your donations which are our lifeblood. For an energizing and engaging event, make it SALAAM time. SALAAM Theatre is a proud member of THAW – Theaters Against War. http://www.salaamtheatre.org/