New Group Replaces Mouth to Mouth with U.S. Debut of London Play Rafta, Rafta

News   New Group Replaces Mouth to Mouth with U.S. Debut of London Play Rafta, Rafta
Ayub Khan-Din's Rafta, Rafta... will replace the previously announced production of Kevin Elyot's Mouth to Mouth to end The New Group's current Off-Broadway season.

Previews for the American premiere of the Khan-Din work are slated to begin April 22 for an eight-week run Off-Broadway. Artistic director Scott Elliott will stage the work. No casting or further details have yet been announced.

Elyot's Mouth to Mouth, directed by Mark Brokaw, will be presented by The New Group in the fall, according to a production spokesperson. No reason was given for the change.

Penned by the playwright of East is East, Rafta, Rafta... centers on "the story of two Anglo-Indian families in London joined by the marriage of their children," according to a show synopsis. "Newlyweds Atul and Vina are starting their new lives under the groom's parents roof, and Vina's family has to reluctantly let her go. How much scrutiny can a new marriage take?"

Rafta, Rafta..., which is based on Bill Naughton's All in Good Time, played at London's National Theatre in 2007. Nicholas Hytner directed Bollywood actor Harish Patel in his London stage debut opposite Meera Syal.

The New Group previously presented Khan-Din's East is East in 1999. The company currently presents the American premiere of Mike Leigh's Two Thousand Years (through March 8).

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