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ICS Theatre proudly brings
Chak de Chekhov! to New Jersey!


SATF

Do you remember that colorful mela from Agra? Does the name of Goa instantly remind you of Kaaju Pheni? Many of you will have memories from Mumbai, Gujarat and Bareilly as well! Come journey with us to all these places, in one evening with ICS Theatre's Chak de Chekhov!

We promise you a thrilling ride!

Under the direction of Mr. Mahesh Dattani, one of India's best playwrights, Anton Chekhov's comic situations, surrounding tragic characters, get a new life. The characters, some endearingly awkward, and others comically flawed will surely win a place in your hearts!

"Dare I be blasphemous and say I found some of his adaptations even more enjoyable than the originals?"
--Monica Patel from Pune365 (Read More)

"The script, acting and direction were dynamic and engaging. Fantastic performances by the entire cast and excellent adaptation & direction by Mahesh Dattani....just superb!! I can't even pick a favorite as every character did such justice to their roles...brilliant acting & perfect comic timing!!"
--Bindu A.

Chak De Chekhov! Sunday, December 10th at 7 pm. Seating begins at 6:30 pm.
Tickets: Adults - $20. Students with ID -15.
Venue: North Brunswick High School, 98 Raider Road, North Brunswick, NJ

ICS of EB presents Chak De Chekhov! - Buy Tickets Here..

Note:
   a) These are only play only tickets. Dinner is not included.
   b) No separate email or tickets from ICS or ICSTheatre will be sent out.
   c) Please produce proof of payment from Paypal at the venue.


Childcare available @$3/child. Limited availability. Pre-Registration required.

For photos and reviews visit www.facebook.com/ICSTheatre


ICS Annual Event - The Kapoor Kaleidoscope


The Kapoor Kaleidoscope

Annual Event
Date: Sunday, December 10th 2017
Time: 2:00pm to 8:30pm
Venue: North Brunswick High School, 98 Raider Road, North Brunswick, NJ 08908

Ticket Sale
Venue: The YMCA, 144 Tices Lane, East Brunswick, NJ 08816
Dates:
         Saturday Nov 11th (10am to 2pm)
         Sunday, December Nov 12th (1pm to 3:30pm)
         Monday Nov 13th (6pm to 8pm)

Child Care Registration
ICS welcomes all patrons to sign up their young children for Child Care during the post dinner show.

$3 per child.

Brochure Booster Ads

The Kapoor Kaleidoscope

As always, ICS will dedicate a page in the brochure for your shout-outs to our talented kids or anyone else you would like to recognize! $5 each booster.

Please type your ad below:


Past Events

ICS Theatre Presents - Theatrically Yours!!


SATF

Performance: Theatrically Yours!
Date: Sunday, November 19th 2017
Time: 4:30pm (seating starts at 4pm)
Venue: Jo Ann Magistro Performing Arts Center, Hammarskjold Middle School, 200 Rues Lane, East Brunswick, NJ

About our production:
'Theatrically Yours' will feature a series of 10 minute plays, monologues and other performance vignettes to create an interesting evening of unique, original theatre.

A post performance reception with refreshments and a QA session with the director and cast is included.




ICS Annual Membership and Dance Registration


Indian Cultural Society welcomes all member families to sign up their children and/or adults for dance performances at the Annual Day event on December 10th 2017.

This COMPLIMENTARY BENEFIT is reserved EXCLUSIVELY FOR THE ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP holders. There is no additional cost to this dance registration.


Some additional expense may be incurred related to costumes and event tickets.

SATF

Dance Registration deadline: Sunday, September 17th 2017


* Each dance registration is subject to ICS membership verification.



Bollywood Dandiya Night 2017




Date: Saturday, October 14th 2017
Time: 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Venue: Cranbury School Auditorium, 23 N Main Street, Cranbury, NJ

Tickets:
* $10 per person. $12 at the door. Kids age 5 and under are free.
* ICS members and non members are welcome!
* Food and drinks will be available for purchase.
* Dandiya Sticks available for purchase at the door and online.


* Questions ? Contact Richa Jodha at 732-254-5721.



ICS Promotes VIBHA 5K Run/Walk


SATF

Join us for a day of fun under the sun: run or walk along the beautiful new route, enjoy healthy snacks, get tapping to the lively music, meet other runners/walkers. Learn more about us at dreammile.org/nynj.

Get a $5 discount on adult ticket prices if you buy before August 1, and children under 10 are free!

When registering, please indicate "ICS of EB" as the "Organization".



ICS Theatre Performs in New York!!


SATF

Performance: Chak De Chekhov!
Date: Sunday, September 10th 2017
Time: 5:00pm
Venue: Theatre 80 St Mark's, 80 St. Mark's Place, NY 10003

About our production:
Come see how Anton Chekhov's comic situations, surrounding tragic characters, get a new life in the hands of one of India's best playwrights, Mahesh Dattani!

Late 19th Century Russian characters are transposed to 21st Century India! The whole range of Chekhov's delightfully comic characters come alive once again in this new and free adaptation of some of his greatest short stories.



ICS Theatre Performs at the 12th SATF...


SATF SATF

Performance: Chak De Chekhov!
Date: Saturday, August 5th 2017
Time: 6:00pm
Venue: Victoria J Mastrobuono Theater, 85 George St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

ICS Theatre is very honored to be part of 12th South Asian Festival (SATF). This will be our third production at the festival. Over the years, SATF broadened its mission to showcase and underscore the importance of South Asian theater within the community and in the larger context of mainstream American culture. It has also tried to be a conduit that connects the emerging trends and thoughts of theater in India with the Indian diaspora in the US. In this process, SATF espouses to support all intercultural and multicultural endeavors.

We hope that you come and support both ICS Theatre and SATF!

About our production:
Come see how Anton Chekhov's comic situations, surrounding tragic characters, get a new life in the hands of one of India's best playwrights, Mahesh Dattani!

Late 19th Century Russian characters are transposed to 21st Century India! The whole range of Chekhov's delightfully comic characters come alive once again in this new and free adaptation of some of his greatest short stories.

SATF Tickets are available single days, both days or you can buy a single show ticket for Chak De Chekhov!

Buy tickets using the option below, or SMS (732) 690 4279


Important! Please note that Student IDs will be validated at the gate to avail Student prices. If Student ID cannot be presented, the adult admission rates will apply and the difference ($5) will be collected at the gate.




Holi & Summer Picnic 2017


Holi & Picnic
Date: Sunday, July 16th 2017
Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Venue: Bicentennial Park, Grove A, 176 Hardenburg Lane, Milltown, NJ

Tickets:
* Online registration till July 15th at 6pm (or when sold out, whichver happens first)
$12 for adults (18yrs and above) and $8 for kids (3yrs and above)
* Door price: $15 for adults and $10 for kids

* Choose "Adult" or "Child" price from the drop down list below and click "Add to Cart". You can change the number of tickets from your shopping cart.
* Packs of 10 tickets are also available at a discounted price
* All credit/debit cards are accepted. Having a Paypal account is optional.


*Registration will close when sold out, or 6pm on July 15th, whichever happens first.*
*If sold out, no walk in registration will be accepted.*



Rules:
* ICS members and non members are welcome!
* Light lunch box included with each ticket.
* 2 slices of pizza and drinks will be provided for kids.
* Kids under 18 need to be accompanied by an adult.

* Dry and water colors will be provided... so, wear your white and be ready to show off your colors and spirit!
* Bring your own water guns, water balloons and pichkaris (optional).
* Don't like colors ? No worries. We have a color free zone for you.



ICS Relay For Life 2017


ICS is registered for the Relay for Life event.

Date: Saturday, June 10th 2017
Time: 12:00pm to 12:00am
Venue: Heavenly Farms, 440 Dunhams Corner Road, East Brunswick, NJ

You are welcome to register here with the ICS team.



Swar Ras and ICS Theatre present a grand evening of music and theatre!!!


Romance In The Garden

Date: Sunday, June 4th 2017
Time: 4:00pm (seating starts 3:00pm)
Venue: Main Street Theatre, 3018 Bordentown Ave, Parlin, NJ 08859
Tickets: $25 per person



Swar-Ras School of Music & ICS Theatre are collaborating together to raise funds for a charitable organization, UMMID - A Hope Foundation.

Swar-Ras School of Music presents:
A melodious journey of the Golden Era of Bollywood music by Manoj Govindraj along with his son Tanmay Govindraj and a guest artist from India, Drshika Advani.

ICS Theatre presents:
"Romance in the Garden: Bhagavad-Ajjuka"
A witty one-act play adapted from a 7th century Sanskrit farce.

Director: Dr. Farley Richmond
Assistant Director: Barkha Kishnani

"Romance in the Garden" tells the story of an extremely serious priest who has given up all worldly pleasures and the student he mentors who thinks only of pleasures.



Bowl-O-Rama


ICS presents, the 6th Annual Bowl-O-Rama. More than 2 hours of unlimited games

Dandiya

Date: Sunday, May 21st 2017
Time: 3:00pm to 5:30pm; 5:00pm to 7:30pm
Venue: Bowlero - North Brunswick, 1 Carolier Lane, North Brunswick, NJ 08902

Rules:
* Open to members & non members.
* Rate: $10 (with $0.68 processing fee).
* Rate inclusive of shoe rentals & taxes. Don't forget to bring your socks (mandatory).
* Food available for purchase on site.
* Children under 13 have to be accompanied by an adult. Minimum age to participate is 4.
* Lanes are preallocated, so kindly put the name of a person you would like to bowl with, e.g a friend, or just mention 'family' if you wish for the entire family to be in one lane.

* For the 3pm Bowling group:
* Arrival time - 2:45 pm (for check-in and shoe pickup)
* Lanes open at 3 pm

* For the 5pm Bowling group:
* Arrival time - 4:45 pm (for check-in and shoe pickup)
* Lanes open at 5 pm




ICS Theatre presents "Romance In The Garden"


Romance In The Garden

Date: Saturday, March 11th 2017
Time: 4:30pm (seating starts 4:00pm)
Venue: West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South, NJ

Romance in the Garden: Bhagavad-Ajjuka, written by King Mahendra Vikrama, is a witty story about an extremely serious priest who has renounced all worldly pleasures -- and the student he mentors who thinks only of pleasure.

The play is directed by Dr. Farley P. Richmond, Professor of Theatre and Film Studies and Director of the Asian Studies Institute at the University of Georgia/Athens. Assistant director is Barkha Kishnani.





Talent Show 2017


SoundTracks 2016

Date: Sunday, March 19th 2017
Time: 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Venue: East Brunswick Public Library, 2 Jean Walling Civic Center Drive, East Brunswick, NJ






Buy video of the ICS Annual Event - SoundTracks 2016


Price is $3, with credit card processing fee of 40cents. Total $3.40.


After you complete the purchase, an email instruction will be sent to you when the video is ready for download.



Stand Up Comedy Show by Rajiv Satyal


Dandiya

Date: Sunday, December 11th 2016
Time: 7:30pm to 8:30pm. Seating starts at 7:00pm
Venue: North Brunswick High School, 98 Raider Road, North Brunswick, NJ 08908

Free baby sitting for kids 5 years and above.





Annual Event Brochure Booster Ads


As always, we will dedicate a page in the ICS brochure for your shout-outs to our talented kids or anyone else you would like to recognize!

$5 per booster.




Annual Event Sponsorships


Every year we print these beautiful glossy brochures. Every member of the audience (around 600) goes home with it.

Now imagine your business being displayed on one of these pages.....

So please send in ads - business, or personal - for our brochure. Remember this glossy publication is read by our members and by other sponsors - an amazing way to reach out and connect with a wide audience.



If you rather prefer to fill out a form and pay by check/cash, you can do so by CLICKING HERE

If sending advertisement electronically, please send them to IndianCulturalSocietyNJ@gmail.com.



ICS Annual Event - SoundTracks 2016


SoundTracks 2016

Date: Sunday, December 11th 2016
Time: 2:00pm to 8:30pm
Venue: North Brunswick High School, 98 Raider Road, North Brunswick, NJ 08908

* Free baby sitting for kids 5 years and above.
* Buy your tickets at the YMCA (144 Tices Lane, East Brunswick, NJ 08816.
* Nov 12 (10am to 2pm) Nov 13th (7pm to 7:30pm), Nov 14th (6pm to 8pm)



Bollywood Dandiya Night 2016


ATTENTION : NEW, BIGGER, BETTER VENUE!!!

The ICS Bollywood Dandiya Night event on October 1st has been moved to E-Hotel, 3050 Woodbridge Avenue, Edison, NJ 08837. (GPS: 1173 King Georges Post Road, Edison, NJ 08837).

Dandiya

Date: Saturday, October 1st 2016
Time: 7:00pm to Midnight
Venue: The E-Hotel, 3050 Woodbridge Avenue, Edison, NJ 08837

Rules:
* Cost is $10 (and $0.65 fee) for 1st graders and up for online registration until Friday, September 30th.
* Discounted price of $8 per person (and $0.51 fee) is available by buying a pack of 12 tickets until Friday, September 30th.
* After that the price goes up to $12.50 cash at the door.

* ICS members and non members are welcome!
* Food and drinks will be available for cash purchase.
* Questions ? Contact Bina Sheth at 201-213-1146 or Richa Jodha at 732-254-5721.



Bollywood Workshop 2016


Dandiya

Date: Wednesday, September 28th 2016
Time: 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Venue: East Brunswick Public Library, 2 Jean Walling Civic Center Drive, East Brunswick, NJ

A completely free event!!!

You've waltzed, samba'd and discoed till dawn. But... Do You BOLLYWOOD?

Even if you don't know what that means, you're probably a fan of the music. So come learn the dance craze that has gripped the West for quite some time now! Experience how to dance to funky beats in a cardio-based blend of hand-twirling, torso-turning, shoulder-shrugging and aerobic legwork.

Don't worry if you have no training, this is just for fun!



THE MASRAYANA at the Crossroads Theatre (NJ)


The Masrayana

Date: Saturday, September 24th 2016
Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm; Seating at 5:30pm
Venue:Crossroads Theatre, 7 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

"THE MASRAYANA"

Written by : William C. Kovacsik
Award winning playwright, William C. Kovacsik holds an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Carnegie Mellon University. He was on the faculty at CMU from 1994-2001, teaching undergraduate courses in Playwriting. He has also taught at Ball State University and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Currently,he is Chair of the graduate Dramatic Writing program at NYU's Tisch Asia in Singapore. Mr. Kovacsik's plays have been produced throughout the U.S.

Directed by: Mahesh Dattani
Director's Bio: Mahesh Dattani is considered as one of the best Indian playwrights and he writes his pieces in English. He is an internationally renowned playwright and director. He is the only English playwright to be awarded the Sahitya Academy Award. He got this award in 1998. Most recently, he directed his play 30 Days in September on film for Zee Theatre Productions and an English translation of Tagore's Chokher Bali at Barnard College, Columbia University, NY. His film Mango Souffle (writer and director) was shown in several international film festivals all over the world and was adjudged best motion picture at the Barcelona Film Festival 2003. His film Morning Raga (writer and director) had its international premier at the Cairo Film Festival in December and he won the award for best artistic contribution.
Currently he is working on two new plays as writer and one as a director.

Play
What would happen to you if all the official records of your government had you written down as "dead"? Identity theft takes on a new meaning in India, a country bogged down with an uncaring and archaic bureaucratic system. The Masrayana, based on true events, is the journey of Gopal Masra who discovers his existence being challenged when he sets out to get a loan to cultivate the next season's crop on his land. As he crosses India in search of justice, Gopal Masra meets many like him. Together they manage to confront the system. Renowned stage director and playwright and Sahitya Akademi winner, Mahesh Dattani weaves his magic with this fascinating tale written by William Kovacsik. Dattani deftly infuses it with theatrical life combining narrative, action and style to create a richly human and universal modern saga.

A production not to be missed!

Tickes
* Adults $20. Under 21 $15. Children under 5 are free.
* For ticket inquiries, call or text Barkha Kishnani at 732-690-4279 or Govinda Rajan at 732-801-4814




Annual Membership and Dance Registration


Indian Cultural Society welcomes all pre-registered member families to sign up their children free of cost for dance performances at the Annual Day event on December 11th 2016.

Registration deadline: Thursday, September 18th 2016

* Each dance registration is subject to ICS membership verification.




ICS Theatre presents the award winning play "The Masrayana" at the 11th South Asian Theater Festival, NJ, 2016


The Masrayana
Date: Saturday, August 27th 2016
Time: 8:45pm to 10:45pm
Venue:George Street Playhouse, 9 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

"The Masrayana"

Written by : William C. Kovacsik

Directed by: Mahesh Dattani

Presented by
ICS Theatre

Ticket Prices
* Saturday ticket price for all plays (including "The Masrayana"): $30
* For both days Season Pass: $50
* To buy tickets, call or text Barkha Kishnani at 732-690-4279

* Please view detailed information about all the plays at the Festival by CLICKING HERE



India Independence Day Celebration


India Independence Day
Date: Monday, August 15th 2016
Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Venue: East Brunswick Public Library, 2 Jean Walling Civic Center Drive, East Brunswick, NJ
Sponsored by: Agraj Seva Kendra, Indian Cultural Society of East Brunswick and Enjoy Expore India

This is a completely free event. All and everybody is welcome!
Featuring food, music, dance, henna, displays and much more!



Holi & Summer Picnic


Holi & Picnic
Date: Sunday, June 26th 2016
Time: 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Venue: Bicentennial Park, Grove A, 176 Hardenburg Lane, Milltown, NJ

Rules:
* Cost is $8 for adults (18yrs and above) and $5 for kids (3yrs and above) for online registration till June 25th.
* Walk in price is $10 for adults and $6 for kids.

* ICS members and non members are welcome!
* Light lunch will be provided.
* 2 slices of pizza and drinks will be provided for kids.
* Kids under 18 need to be accompanied by an adult.

* Dry and water colors will be provided... so, wear your white and be ready to show off your colors and spirit!
* Bring your own water guns, water balloons and pichkaris (optional).
* Don't like colors ? No worries. We have a color free zone for you.
* Questions ? Contact Barkha at 732 690 4279.




Atlantic City Excursion


Date: Sunday, June 12th 2016
Time: 9:30am to 7:00pm
Venue: Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City, NJ

Rules:
* Open to members & non members.
* Cost is $30 till June 11th. Then it is $40.
* The cost includes round trip transportation to Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City and $25 in tokens!
* Pick up - Rear - Right Parking Lot of KMart - 645 Rt 18. East Brunswick, NJ
* Buses will leave promptly at 9:30 so please DO NOT be late!
* First come first served! Register early!
* Adults above age 21 please!

Please register for this event by CLICKING HERE



ICS Theatre Audition Call


ICS is looking for musicians for our upcoming theatre production "The Masrayana", written by William Kovascik and directed by Mahesh Dattani, one of India's most prominent theatre personalities.

Instruments needed:
1. String
2. Wind
3. Percussion

Age requirement: 18+
RSVP Deadline: Tuesday May 31st
RSVP To: ICSTheatreNJ@gmail.com
Auditions: First week of June

This play will be performed at the South Asian Theatre Festival (Ohio) on August 21st and the South Asian Theater Festival (NJ) on August 27th.

If selected, you will be part of a live musical ensemble performing on stage as part of the play. You must be available for rehearsals starting the first week of August and must be willing to travel to Ohio (all expenses paid) on August 20th.

If you play the guitar, sitar, flute, saxophone, tabla or drums, this is a great opportunity to showcase your talent and be a part of a wonderful production. So hurry and send in your information before the May 31st.



Bowl-A-Rama


Date: Friday, April 29th 2016
Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Venue: Brunswick Zone, 1 Carolier Lane, Route 1, North Brunswick, NJ 08902

Rules:
* Open to members & non members. Rate inclusive of shoe rentals & taxes.
* Food available for purchase on site.
* Children under 13 have to be accompanied by an adult. Minimum age to participate is 4.
* Arrival time - 6:15 pm (for check-in and shoe pickup)
* Lanes open at 6:30 pm
* $10 each + $0.64 processing fee until April 24th. Thereafter $12 each + $0.77 processing
* $13 walk-ins
* Wearing of socks is mandatory for shoe rentals
* No refunds

Please register for this event by CLICKING HERE



Talent Show 2016

Come join us for this fun event and flaunt off your talents.


Date: Sunday, March 13th, 2016
Time: 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Venue: East Brunswick Public Library, 2 Jean Walling Civic Center, East Brunswick, NJ 08816

Please register for this event by CLICKING HERE




ICS Theatre Audition Call

We would like to invite all theatre enthusiasts to come and audition for our upcoming 2016 play production expected to be staged this Fall. We are very honored and excited to have Mr. Mahesh Dattani as our director for the play.

Please click on the flyer for more information.

Please memorize a brief monologue or act (not exceeding 2 minutes) in English for your audition.


Audition Dates and Locations (please select either):
1. Sunday Feb 21st, 10AM-1PM, 2PM-5PM at 17 Jason Drive, East Brunswick, NJ 08816
2. Sunday March 6th, 9AM-Noon at 34 Berkshire Way, East Brunswick, NJ 08816

You are welcome to sign up here for the audition.

Audition is only open to ICS members. Non ICS members can enroll here and bring a confirmation email on the day of the audition.

Mahesh Dattani is one of India's foremost and prominent playwrights. He is an actor, playwright, screenwriter and director of both theatre and film. His many plays include Dance like a Man (1989), Final Solution (1993), and most recently, Gauhar (2015). He directed the film Mango Souffle (2002) and wrote and directed Morning Raga (2004). He is the Visiting Theatre Director at the Theatre Department of Barnard and Columbia colleges. He is the first playwright in English to be awarded the Sahitya Akademi award.

If you have questions, please text us at 732-690-4279 or email us at icstheatrecompany@gmail.com

We hope to see you at the auditions.