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The Curious Case of a Casual Terrorist


The Curious Case of a Casual Terrorist
By Sudipta Bhawmik

Come and see this new drama based on real events that took place in New Jersey from 2002-2005 that tells the intriguing story of Basant Adnani, a sixty-year-old Indian businessman, who was arrested by US law enforcement on terrorism charges. Basant was accused of supplying shoulder-launched surface to air missiles to a terrorist organization that wanted to shoot down passenger jetliners on American soil. However, Basant did not supply any real weapon to any real terrorist. Still the court found him guilty and Basant was imprisoned for life. But why? Was Basant really a terrorist, or just a bumbling old salesman desperately trying to make a sale? Come, watch the show, and you be the judge.

This play, although inspired by real events, is a work of fiction. The play contains fictionalized scenes, fictional characters and dialogue, and time compression. The views and opinions expressed in the play are those of the characters only and do not necessarily reflect or represent the views and opinions held by individuals on which those characters are based.

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“The Curious Case of a Casual Terrorist” is directed by Sudipta Bhawmik, and stars Soumendu Bhattacharya, Sumend Wankhade, Arthur Gregory Pugh, Amitav Chowdhury, James Houston, Apurva Bhalerao, Goutam Ghosh, and Arpana Bhattacharya. 

“The Curious Case of a Casual Terrorist” will be presented at the Historic Edison Valley Playhouse located at 2196 Oak Tree Rd, Edison, NJ 08820 on Friday September 15, 2017 at 8 PM, Saturday September 9, 16, and 23, 2017 at 8 PM, and Sunday September 10, 17, and 24, 2017 at 3 PM.  Ticket price is $15 for Adults and $12 for Students, Senior Citizens, and all military personnel.  Seating is general admission.  To reserve tickets for pickup and payment on the night of the show, call the box office at 908-755-4654 and leave your name, the date of the show you wish to attend, the number of tickets you require, and your phone number. You will receive a callback only if there is a problem with your reservation.  To reserve and pay for tickets on-line for pickup on the night of the show visit our website at and follow the link for online ticket reservation.

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