Disconnect, a Play About a Call Center in India, Begins U.S. Premiere at Victory Gardens

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25 Jan 2013

Minita Gandhi
Minita Gandhi

Minita Gandhi, Behzad Dabu, Kamal J. Hans, Arya Daire, Teresa Kuruvila, Owais Ahmed and Debargo Sanyal populate the American premiere of Anupama Chandrasekhar's Disconnect, a drama about a call center in India, at Chicago's Tony Award-honored Victory Gardens Theater. Performances begin Jan. 25.

Ann Filmer directs the drama, which had its premiere at the Royal Court Theatre in London in 2010. Performances will play to Feb. 24.

Disconnect is billed this way: "Forty-something Avinash [Kamal J. Hans] is hopelessly out of step in a company that demands success, energy, and youth. To bring his game up, he is transferred to work with the bright young graduates in Illinois — down on the fourth floor. In the windowless, nighttime offices of a call center in Chennai, India, is a bustling world of energetic Indian workers dreaming the American Dream and faking U.S. accents to target their American 'marks' maxed out on credit cards. Disconnect is a powerful and witty drama about the consequences of consumer culture and the intricacies of our interconnected global economy."

Opening night is Feb. 4. Performances play the Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., in Chicago's Lincoln Park. For more information, visit victorygardens.org.

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Victory Gardens Theater is under the leadership of artistic director Chay Yew and executive director Jan Kallish. Victory Gardens Theater is known for its commitment to world-premiere and Chicago-premiere works, many from its own Playwrights Ensemble.