Indian Ink Theatre presents ‘The Elephant Wrestler” Jan. 24 in Scottsdale

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts presents Indian Ink Theatre Company’s production of “The Elephant Wrestler” 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, in the Virginia G. Piper Theater.

New Zealand’s Indian Ink Theatre Company will perform the outrageously funny and heartbreakingly beautiful romantic thriller "The Elephant Wrestler" at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, Jan. 24. Photo credit: Robert Catto

New Zealand’s Indian Ink Theatre Company will perform the outrageously funny and heartbreakingly beautiful romantic thriller “The Elephant Wrestler” at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, Jan. 24. Photo credit: Robert Catto

Tickets start at $29 and are available through www.ScottsdalePerformingArts.org or 480-499-TKTS (8587).

The contradictions of modern India with its iPhones and ancient gods come alive in “The Elephant Wrestler,” an outrageously funny and heartbreakingly beautiful romantic thriller.

Inspired by an Indian fairy tale, the story centers around Kutisar, a poor chaiwallah (tea seller) in a train station, who dispenses his soulful beverage to the thirsty travelers who come and go. Unexpectedly, the humble street vendor finds himself challenged to solve the interwoven mysteries of true love, tragedy and joy. The play features one actor and one musician on stage, with multiple characters in the story, all performed by Jacob Rajan.

“The Elephant Wrestler” has enjoyed success touring throughout New Zealand as well as Australia, Asia and the United States. The Sydney Morning Herald picked the play as one of the theatrical highlights of 2010 and the New Zealand Listener named it the “Feel-Good Production of the Year.”

Founded in New Zealand in 1996 by Jacob Rajan and Justin Lewis, Indian Ink Theatre Company blends Western theatrical traditions with Eastern flavors, and has been critically acclaimed for its use of live music, heightened theatricality, humor, pathos and great storytelling.

The company has created a series of remarkable theatrical productions of intimate scale that remind audiences of the simple truths of life.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is located at 7380 E. Second St. in downtown Scottsdale. Free parking is available in the public parking garage located to the west of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Wells Fargo Avenue. Additional free parking is available at the Old Town Parking Corral at East Second Street and Brown Avenue and at the Civic Center Library parking garage located on Drinkwater Boulevard at East Second Street.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts offers performance accommodations to enhance audience members’ experience, including: American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation or live audio description with two weeks advance notice. Assistive-listening devices and wheelchair seating are always available. Visit www.ScottsdalePerformingArts.org or contact the Patron Services Box Office at 480-499-TKTS (8587) [TDD: 480-874-4694] for further details.

The nonprofit Scottsdale Cultural Council is contracted by the City of Scottsdale, Ariz., to manage Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) and Scottsdale Public Art.

New Zealand’s Indian Ink Theatre Company will perform the outrageously funny and heartbreakingly beautiful romantic thriller The Elephant Wrestler at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. Photo credit: Robert Catto

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