Counter Offence: A Play by Rahul Varma

Performing Arts - Theater | August 5 | 6-8 p.m. |  Sunnyvale Theatre

 550 E. Remington Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

 BAD (Bay Area Drama) Company

 Institute for South Asia Studies, BAD (Bay Area Drama) Company

When Shazia, the daughter of Indian immigrants, is hit by her Iranian husband Shapoor, he is arrested for domestic violence. Immediately after, things take an unexpected turn. A clever and conniving community activist lawyer, Moolchand Misra unexpectedly steps in and accuses the arresting officer, Alex Martin, who happens to be white, of racism and police brutality. Misra demands an inquiry thus turning a routine domestic violence case into a racially charged issue. The entire police department is up in arms about the inquiry and what they see as a calculated offence being mounted against them. Shapoor is deported and subsequently returns only to be found dead in a hotel room. There are suspects at every turn.

In this fascinating whodunnit, Rahul Varma poses questions which are more relevant than ever given the nationwide uproar around the police and their treatment of minorities and the current climate of mistrust.

This is the second play by Rahul Varma being staged by Bay Area Drama Company. The first one, Bhopal, premiered in December 2014 on the 30th anniversary of the world's worst industrial disaster.

English | 2 hrs | Age 16+

Written by RAHUL VARMA
Directed & Produced by SINDU SINGH

Performed by Bay Area Drama Company


Friday, July 28, 8 PM
Saturday, August 5, 6 PM
Sunday, August 6, 2 PM


Venue + Driving Directions
Sunnyvale Theatre - 550 East Remington Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

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