B Street Theatre to present GANDHI by Lyndsey Burch
Gandhi! will be the first play ever produced in the Sutter Theatre for Children. For over 20 years, Buck Busfield wished to build a state of the art children's theatre that would make theatre fun, accessible, and exciting for the youth of Sacramento. When the
Family Series first began in 2002, the need for a larger theatre became more evident as B Street was forced to turn classes away due to lack of space. Thanks to Sutter Hospital and other donors, the Sutter Theatre for Children will be able to seat three times the amount of children than the previous space. With this beautiful new theatre the opportunities will be abundant.
"We wanted to start with a splash," Burch said. "Gandhi! is a new show which offers a story for a variety of ages, including middle school students and high schools students who understand the problems in our world and are looking for inspiration. It's a fun, bold way to open the Family Series at the Sofia."
The majority of the cast is either Indian or of Indian descent; and their own connections with the story, their genuine joy in the victories Gandhi brought to India is genuine and overwhelming. "I wanted American audiences to understand the Indian people's love for Gandhi," Burch said. "With this cast, B Street audiences will understand that translation easily."
Lyndsay Burch: Lyndsay is an Artistic Producer at B Street Theatre where she specializes in the development and production of new works and contemporary plays. In her time at B Street, Burch has directed nine Equity productions, directed and written for four touring productions, recruited three full-time intern companies, produced a three-city International Tour to India, cast over 50 productions, and cultivated B Street's relationship with the National New Play Network, resulting in three Rolling World Premieres.
Noah Agruss: Noah is thrilled to be back at B Street Theatre, composing the first show in the Sutter Theatre for Children. Agruss is a Los Angeles based composer who studied composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston and was mentored by Pulitzer Prize composer Wayne Peterson at San Francisco State University. He has produced original music and songs for more than 20 live theatre productions at B Street, including numerous children's musicals.