Stage Plays

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Stage Plays

Passion for writing plays and performing art:

Surjeet Kalsey as a playwright and director used her artistic abilities to present women’s theatre for the first time in Canada during early eighties. Her very first play “Daughters Behind the Palace Doors” was staged in 1982 in Carpenter Hall in New Westminster, BC was a landmark in Punjabi women’s theatre in BC. The play addressed the issue of family violence for the first time in the Indo-Canadian community through the medium of drama-therapy; when it was hard even to talk about such issues in the community. Surjeet developed theatre as therapeutic tool for those women who experienced abuse in their homes. Being a therapist Surjeet has been conducting support groups for battered women and using drama-therapy to build their confidence and self-esteem as well as empowering women to participate in drama performances. When directing her own plays on family violence and sex-selection Surjeet did not take professional actors but she encouraged those women in support groups to come forward and share their narratives and enact the stories to share with the audience. The process proved for them as healing therapy.

Apart from writing and directing plays Surjeet herself is a stage artist with broadcasting  experience of many years. Her very first role was of a gypsy woman in an English play “Snow White and Seven Dwarfs” in high school. She played Sootardhar in DoojaPasa (1977), Jean in Komagata Maru (1979),  Mindi in Ik Kuri Ik Supna (1983 and 1994), Ik Aurat and Sootardhar in Chetna (1983 and 1986), Mother in Teesri Akh (1986), and she gave background voice in many plays, organized and coordinated stage properties, stage lighting and back ground music. (See stage photos)  During late seventies and eightees Kalsey has encouraged many women who have never acted on stage to come forward and perform. Along with Gurmail Kaur Deol and Parminder Kaur Rai who were performing  giddha on stage; another women Darshan Kaur Mann  and Amrit Kaur Mann also started showing interest to act in drama performances and  never look back. Amarjit Josh came from Toronto in late eighties joined our group as a singer and she sang in many giddha performances as well; also Harbhajan Mann and Gursewak Mann both brothers used to perform along with music party incuding Prem Singh on harmonium and Devinder Singh on Tabla/Dholki in our stage programs in Lower Mainland. Women’s group encourage young girls to participate in giddha dancing and perform on the stage .

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Read Surjeet’s Plays published on this blog
View information about her plays and her TV/Radio programs:
Surjeet Kalsey’s Stage Plays
View more images from Surjeet’s stage plays in PHOTOS
Surjeet’s TV and Radio Programs
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Read Surjeet’s Punjabi Stage Play
‘Poh de Agan’
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Surjeet Kalsey’s Stage Plays

As a drama writer, Kalsey has published a collection of plays under the heading of  “MehliN VasdiyaN DheeyaN” that included seven three-act  plays that have been produced and staged in New Westminster, Vancouver, Surrey and Abbotsford.

A Collection of Plays:

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MehleeN VasdiaN DhiaN te Hor Natak
Daughters Living Behind the Palace Doors and Other Plays
Raghbir Rachana Parkashan
Chandigarh 2002

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Plays Staged
MehleeN VasdiaN DhiaN
Daughters Behind the Palace Doors
Three one-act play on violence against women. First performance in 1982  in New Westminsiter, and 1982-84 in Surrey and Abbotsford; in 1994 in Surrey  and  1997 again in Abbotsford.

Nirlujj SamaN
Shameless Times
Four-act Play on sex selection. Staged in 1994 in Surrey, second performance held in 1995, and 3rd performance in 1996 in Abbotsford on the very first Teeyan (Women) festival ever held in the Lower Mainland.

Poh de Agan
Holy Fire: Lohri
Three one-act play staged on lohri festival in Abbotsford, 1998. Bringing awareness about celebrating the birth of baby girls.
Available to read online in Gurumukhi: ‘Poh de Agan’

Vizay toN Baad
After Getting Visa
Three one-act Play depicting the process of getting visa to Canada and after, dynamics of going abroad. Staged on Vaisakhi festival of 1997 in Abbotsford.

Chetna
Awareness
Co-authored with Ajmer Rode. A four one-act play on four different
issues facing the Indo-Canadian community such as drinking, wife abuse, parent-children conflict, and safety of women. Staged in Vancouver in 1982 and in Abbotsford in 1983.

DhiaN PardesnaN
Daughters Abroad
Three act play depicting current situation of Indo-Canadian women and their sponsors. Staged on Teeyan festival in 1997 in Abbotsford.

Sat ParaiaN: Ghar Da Supna
Distant Women: Dreaming of Home
Every new woman comes to Canada with dreams in her eyes….  and hopes in her heart –  Staged 1996 in Abbotsford.
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Kalsey and Mann in ‘Ik KuRi Ik Sapna’,

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Indresh as Hopkinson and  Surjeet as Jean in Ajmer Rode’s play Komagata Maru, performed in 1979

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Surjeet’s TV and Radio Programs
Radio Host
Apni Awaaz Multilingual Program presents Punjabi, Urdu, Hindi literature – poetry, interviews with writers, short stories, and South Asian literature in Translation – Current affairs news stories,  discussion on social issues and more –  Every Monday 4:00 -5:00PM at Radio CIVIL www.civl.ca
or listen to live program:

“Apni Awaaz”  at 101. 7 FM Radio CIVL,from the  studios of the University of Fraser Valley

TV Talk Show Host
First Punjabi TV Interactive Talk Show Host
Multicultural Channel M TV 2003

Radio Host Punjabi
Saaz Aur Awaaz
Co-op Radio
Vancouver 1980-1984

Radio Host Punjabi
Saaz Aur Awaaz
KISM Belligham 1975-1980

Radio News Anchor Punjabi
All India Radio Chandigarh, India
Chandigarh 1969-1979
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View more images from Surjeet’s stage plays in Photos
To read Kalsey’s plays published on this blog, click below:
Read Surjeet’s Plays
To view information about her published/performed stage plays, click here:
Surjeet Kalsey’s Stage Plays
Surjeet’s TV and Radio Programs
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