April 06, 2015, BY Kathryn Kopchik

Behind the Beautiful Forevers screens April 19 at Campus Theatre in Lewisburg (photo by Richard Hubert Smith)

Behind the Beautiful Forevers will screen on Sunday, April 19, at the Campus Theatre as part of the ongoing National Theatre Live season.

The screening begins at 1 p.m. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Admission is adults $15; senior citizens $12; students $10; students with ID $5. The Campus Theatre is located at 413 Market St. in Lewisburg.

Behind the Beautiful Forevers takes place in Annawadi, a makeshift slum beyond the luxury hotels surrounding Mumbai Airport that is full of people with their own dreams.

Zehrunisa and her son Abdul aim to recycle enough rubbish to fund a proper house. Sunil, 12 and stunted, wants to eat until he's as tall as Kalu the thief. Asha seeks to steal government anti-poverty funds to turn herself into a 'first-class person', while her daughter Manju intends to become the slum's first female graduate.

But their schemes are fragile; global recession threatens the garbage trade, and another slum-dweller is about to make an accusation that will destroy herself and shatter the neighborhood.

Pulitzer Prize-winner Katherine Boo spent three years in Annawadi recording the lives of its residents for her book which won the National Book Award for Non-Fiction and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in 2012.

From her book, David Hare has fashioned a tumultuous play on an epic scale, directed by Rufus Norris (Broken, London Road).

The Guardian calls the production "A triumph for David Hare and Meera Syal (The Kumars, Goodness Gracious Me, Rafta Rafta at the National)." In a four-star review, The Daily Telegraph calls it "Compelling. Unforgettably communicates a world in which life is cheap." The Independent calls it, "Magnificent. Rufus Norris' production has a humane, dignified sweep that captivates."

The National Theatre (NT Live) season 6 is sponsored by the Bucknell University Departments of Art and Art History, Classics, English, and Theatre and Dance, the Bucknell Arts Council, the Bucknell Innovation Group and the Office of the Provost.

The spring schedule includes The Hard Problem by Tom Stoppard (May 3) and Man and Superman with Ralph Fiennes (May 31). For more information on these productions, visit http://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/ 

NT Live productions, which are screened in more than 700 venues worldwide, include productions at other U.K. theatres. Cameras are brought to the theatre one evening, and that live performance is seen, via satellite. U.S. theatres generally delay the broadcasts until the evening, or show the production on different days. These are the original live satellite feeds; no editing takes place between the time of transmission and showing.

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