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About Growing, Grieving, and Being Guyanese

The People LOVE CHUMP!

The People LOVE CHUMP!

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I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to each of you who joined us for the transformative workshop of CHUMP, a poignant exploration of the Kumar Family's journey through loss, joy, and the intense dynamics surrounding their beloved card game, T’ruup Chaal.

During the workshop from May 29 to June 11, 2023, under the auspices of Sue Goberdhan's CONFLUENCE Fellowship at Catalyst Theatre, CHUMP unfolded with raw emotion and profound revelations. The narrative revolves around the Kumar Family's profound loss, grappling with the sudden departure of their family matriarch during Grandma Baby’s “Nine Day.” Through this poignant gathering, the family discovers a challenging yet crucial lesson about the roots of their grief, the resilience of their joy, and the tensions exacerbated by the cherished card game.

We are immensely grateful to Catalyst Theatre, Fringe Theatre, Alpacalypse Productions, and the Canada Council for the Arts for their generous contributions making this powerful piece possible.

Directed by Amanda Bergen, with invaluable contributions from our talented team, including Stage Manager Molly Pearson and Dramaturg Gordie Lucius, CHUMP features an outstanding cast:

  • Andrew Prashad

  • Damon Pitcher

  • Dave Autar

  • Kenneth Mohabir

  • Leela Sitahal

  • Marvin Ishmael

  • Shaun Omaid

  • Sue Goberdhan

As we reflect on the profound impact of CHUMP's workshop, we look forward to bringing this extraordinary work to new audiences in the upcoming theatre seasons. Azimuth Theatre intends to tour CHUMP, and we'll need your support to make it happen.

Stay tuned for updates on how you can contribute to the journey of CHUMP, helping us reach more communities and create lasting impressions. Your continued support is invaluable; together, we can make the CHUMP tour a remarkable success.

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