Intelligence? Charisma? Knowledge of international affairs? In the U.S.
this question is still open. The ancient Asian Indian classic epic Ramayana (The
Story of Rama), written originally by Valmiki, tells about a national leader whose key
strength is satyam -- integrity: knowing, thinking, speaking and living the truth
as he understands it.
The play, Promise, breathes life into the ancient
story of Ramafor Westerners. There has been a staged reading of Promise in May 2000 in New York City. (See
the press release.)
In South and Southeast Asia its characters appear in dance, sculpture, artwork, even
embroidery. You can hear the story in chant and song. For people in that part of the
world, these characters are as well known as relatives. Everyone has opinions about the
quirks of each and every one. In India this epic was turned into a television soap
opera serial! Like any good epic it is complicated enough to have a long doordarshan
A story that has kept so many millions of people fascinated for centuries could appeal
to us, here in the U.S.A., even if we never heard of it before or didn't know about Indian
culture from which it came.
Check out the Site Index. Read
the Basic Story or synopsis. Browse through the selections. See what you
think Is it a gripping story? Is it a workable play? Let me know.
So far, the progress toward production of this play
has happened because the internet enables interested people to find quality work like Promise.
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