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Tea with Chachaji
Chachaji and his cup
Book and Lyrics by  Gwynne Watkins
Music by  Denver Casado
Based upon the book Chachaji's Cup
by  Uma Krishnaswami
with illustrations by  Soumya Sitaraman
by permission of  Children's Book Press
Production Stage Manager  Elis Arroyo*  Costume Design  Leslie Bernstein §
Set & Media Design  Cory Einbinder § Lighting Design  Douglas Cox §
Sound Design  Bill Grady  Musical Direction  Tim Rosser 
Production Manager  B.D. White  Prop Design  Sarah Bird 
* Members, Actors Equity Association  |  § Members, United Scenic Artists
Artistic Director & Founder of Making Books Sing   Barbara Zinn Krieger
Neel and Chachaji
Productions Touring to
The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens in NYC
and Stanford Lively Arts in CA
January – February 2010
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In Tea with Chachaji, ten-year-old Neel, his Indian-born mother Anya and his great-uncle Chachaji, a new immigrant, share a home in Queens, NY and wonderful stories over tea. Hindu myths and family history, the colorful dance and melodic music of India unite these three generations.  As Neel grows older and busier, so grows the distance between Indian traditions and American life; the old worldviews of Chachaji and the teenage interests of Neel.
Though family teatime is fading away, Chachaji still drinks everyday from his beloved teacup, a precious heirloom salvaged during his migration from Pakistan to India after the Partition of 1947.  When this symbol of survival and family history is carelessly broken by Neel, the early teen must repair the cup and his relationship with his great-uncle.  In doing so, he learns to value his family and his heritage.
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Teatime for Chachaji, Neel and Anya
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