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It’s Time For Mini-Fridge Elevenses With Bye Bye Bombay!

by Karen Tortora-Lee on June 22, 2012

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 The Mini-Fridge Elevenses*

11 Questions, 11 Answers … ZERO calories, and 100% YUMMY!

 *Elevenses is a snack that is similar to afternoon tea, but eaten in the morning and might consist of some cake or biscuits with a cup of coffee or tea. The name refers to the time of day that it is taken: around 11 am. 

Bye Bye Bombay

Produced by: Cara Yeates

Bye Bye Bombay is the story of Gauri a young woman who, after her mother’s tragic death, travels to India to ‘find herself’. Instead, Gauri loses herself in the exciting world of Bollywood. There she meets a colorful cast of characters including the washed up starlet, the Russian dancer and one lecherous director. A foreigner lost in a maze of masala, will Gauri find something more valuable than pandex, glitter, fancy footwork?

Show Times:

  • Thursday June 28th @ 8:30PM
  • Friday June 29th @ 7PM
  • Saturday June 30th @ 7PM

Answers by: Cara Yeates
Actor, Writer, Producer, Multimedia Artist

 1. Your tag line is featured above, so we know the PR version of what this play is about. But when you talk to your family and friends, how do you explain the show to them?
CARA: It’s about a girl who travels to India ‘find herself’, and instead she loses herself in Bollywood.

2. Here’s a scenario: After the show some audience members go have a drink. What’s the part of the show you hope they’re discussing?
CARA:  Bye Bye Bombay is a intriguing mix of fact and fiction, so people always speculate about what really happened and what did not.

3. What drives your show – character, theme or plot?
CARA:  I would say character because not only is the show about character transformation, but it’s also filled with colorful characters.

4. What’s the one thing someone said about the show so far that made you the most proud?
CARA:  “Bye Bye Bombay is so moving and entertaining!”

5. Let’s fantasize for a moment. Let’s take the “off-off” off. Imagine this show is on Broadway. Would that change the production itself?
CARA:  As it is a solo show, I get to play an amazing cast of characters, but it would be fun to see these characters brought to life by other actors.

6. Taking that one step further – after paying everyone what they’re worth of course, what is the most lavish, luxurious, frivolous thing you would spend money on if there was no constraints? (Think of the helicopter in Miss Saigon).
CARA:  I would have the full on Bollywood experience on stage. An actual river in the show would be awesome too.

7. Is there a scene, a moment, anything that gets a completely different reaction depending on the audience that night?
CARA:  The creepy Bollywood director either gets laughs or gasps depending on the audience. Usually there’s a mixture of the two.

8. What’s your favorite line from the show?
CARA:   That’s a tough one. I would say either “it’s a special aryuvedic formula that helps  breasts grow”, or “The raindrop karate chops open the door and starts beating up the terrorists, “hi-ya, ka- blamo, buka-laka shaka”.

9. Is the world of this play sustainable outside a theatre? In other words … do you think people live the way the characters do? Would you want a world where they do?
CARA: I spent a year in India researching the show. It was the best/worst time of my life. A lot of what is in the show has come from my real life experiences or others. Although, I did take some creative liberties in writing the show, and a few of my characters are over the top.

10. You scan the audience and you see a face that stops you dead in your tracks – who is it? And why are you shocked?
CARA: A woman sitting in the front row in her sari laughing at my jokes. This actually has happened.

11. Time for Elevenses! Go to the mini-fridge of your fantasy hotel. What’s your dream 11:00am snack?
CARA: Idli and sambar. It’s a savory steamed rice and lentil cake that’s served in the south of India with a spicy dahl and coconut chutney. Yum!

Thanks, Cara, for having your Elevenses with us here at THM!  We can’t wait to see Bye Bye Bombay!

If you’d like to catch Bye Bye Bombay at The Mini-Fridge Festival find out more by clicking this link.



JUNE 28 – JULY 4 @ UNDER ST. MARKS The mini-festival will play at UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place between 1st Avenue and Avenue A) June 28-July 4. Tickets ($15/$12 students & seniors) are available online  or by calling 212-868-4444. 

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