Behind the Beautiful Forevers

by David Hare

Third Rail's Hi-Definition Screenings feature amazing productions from London's National Theatre, Almeida Theatre and Branagh Theatre captured live onstage and presented locally in high-definition video. NT Live Punch Card holders may use their cards for any Third Rail Hi-Definition Screening.

March 22, 2015 - April 4, 2015
Mar 22 at 2pm & 7pm | Apr 4 at 2pm & 7pm
- World Trade Center Theater -
25 SW Salmon St (2WTC), Portland, OR 97205

Runtime: 3 hours

Based on the Award Winning Novel

Meera Syal (The Kumars, Goodness Gracious Me, Rafta Rafta at the National) returns to the National Theatre, directed by Rufus Norris (Broken, London Road).

Pulitzer Prize-winner Katherine Boo spent three years in Annawadi recording the lives of its residents. From her uncompromising book, winner of the National Book Award for Non-Fiction 2012, David Hare has fashioned a tumultuous play on an epic scale.

India is surging with global ambition. But beyond the luxury hotels surrounding Mumbai airport lies a makeshift slum, full of people with plans of their own. Zehrunisa and her son Abdul aim to recycle enough rubbish to fund a proper house. Sunil, twelve and stunted, wants to eat until he’s as tall as Kalu the thief. Asha seeks to steal government anti-poverty funds to turn herself into a ‘first-class person’, while her daughter Manju intends to become the slum’s first female graduate.

But their schemes are fragile; global recession threatens the garbage trade, and another slum-dweller is about to make an accusation that will destroy herself and shatter the neighbourhood.


Reviews

Third Rail Repertory Theatre’s presentation of the British National Theatre’s NT Live series is one of Portland’s hidden theatrical treasures ... read moreBrett Campbell, Oregon ArtsWatch