Ashawe Veedi-Riya - Another Classic Dramatic Production Presented by Champa Buddhipala of Sri Ranga Sabha Inc.

Reported by Sisira Govinnage-Rodrigo

Champa Buddhipala’s highly anticipated Sinhala production, Ashawe Veedi-Riyais a timeless translation of the iconic, Pulitzer Prize winning drama, A Streetcar Named Desire, by legendary American playwright, Tennessee Williams. It will be staged at Parramatta Riverside Theatres, Sydney at 7pm on Saturday, 19 October 2019. The production will be starring Sri Lanka’s award-winning actors and actresses, including Chamila Peiris, Saranga Disasekara, Thumindu Dodantenna, Dinakshie Priyasad, Srinath Maddumage, Wasanthi Ranwala, and Ajith de Silva – and supported by a talented Sydney cast.

A Streetcar Named Desire is a study of moral psychology and the ruin of Blanche Du Bois, a former Southern belle, whose ostentatious and turgid pretensions are no match for the bleak realities personified by her callous brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski.

The legendary actor, Marlon Brando played Stanley Kowalski’s role in A Streetcar Named Desire at the age of 23 in 1947 for its Broadway production in New York. This original production alone was staged 855 times, until 1949, due to its brilliance and overwhelming public demand. Similarly, Sri Lankan audiences in Australia will be delighted to watch Saranga Disasekara in this challenging, multi-dimensional role on stage, after his long career as a multi award-winning and most-loved television actor.

Celebrated award-winning actress, Chamila Peiris will portray the complex character of Blanche, a woman in search of lost love and hope. Thumindu Dodantenna, who delivered a ground-breaking performance in the highly popular Koombiyo tele-drama (which led to him winning the Best Actor award in 2019), will perform the warm and vulnerable role of Mitch. Dinakshie Priyasad, our popular award-winning actress and dancer, will portray the role of Stanley’s wife, Stellla who is caught between holding on to her sister, family and past, or moving on with her future with Stanley.

The drama is translated and directed by Champa Buddhipala, and presented by Sri Ranga Sabha Inc.

Champa Buddhipala’s erudite and highly celebrated full translation, Ashawe Veedi-Riya was selected for the final round of the State Drama Award Festival and nominated for the Best Drama translation at the State Literary Award Festivalin 2017. This complete and well-acknowledged Sinhala dramatic version will be his seventh classic gift to global audiences, with an exquisite selection of famous and distinguished stars. Ashawe Veedi-Riya will also be performed in two other major cities - Canberra and Melbourne.

There is a single limited performance in Sydney, click below to view the event.



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