Abhishek Majumdar and Ira Karnik Talk About the Play “Thook”, Hunger and Food Security

As part of the Festival of Food Security and this summer’s Food Justice campaign, Hartford’s HartBeat Ensemble presents the US premiere of the Indian Ensemble’s Thook (spit), a play in four vignettes. From the Bengal famine of 1943 to the severely under-reported Food Riots of 2008, Thook uses dark comedy, satire and documentary styles to engage the economics of day-to-day life and delve into the psychological distress caused by chronic hunger. Abhishek Majumdar is the creative director of the Indian Ensemble of Bangalore, who form the cast of the play, and Ira Karnik is the playwright.