Badal Sircar`s play ``ABU HASAN `` is a delightful Comedy. It is laced with comment that mocks at the vicissitudes of life and in some ways at the itself.
A famous writer embarking on his autobiography, discovers that all the characters in his life have their own views of the truth, making a reconstruction of even one life impossible and the whole concept of truth nebulous. Atmakatha has four characters, the author dictating his autobiography and the three women in his life - wife, sister-in-law, and scribe - whose insistent probing into his past brings out the lies and self-centredness with which he treated people close to him.
Cocktail is a collection of comic one-act tales of love, lust and lies. Fraud, Murder, Love, Sex, Naivety, Jealousy, Party, Breakup, Orgasm, Blind-date, Conception, Dishonesty, Vanity, Greed, Credulity, Envy, Pride, Wrath Cocktail is a comic mix of the purest of the human emotions and actions.
Just as in an imaginary film set, some of the most famous characters from Federico Fellinis films come to life again. The play weaves together the comedy of Luci del variet, to the white sheik, to the shining White Face Clown and the legendary Frou Frou from I Clowns, Casanovas loneliness, the fatigue of Ginger and Fred, and finally Amarcord, who is the keeper of the anecdotes and stories of the town. Finally, all the characters find themselves in the carousel of Fellini 8 e mezzo, with snow, wind, fog - all those special effects so dear to the magical world of Fellinis cinema.
Fevicol is about the displacement of indigenous people. A man enters a household through deception and slowly takes over the lives and livelihood of the people who live there. He is the questionable ajnabi, the stranger, who exploits the status of the mehmaan, the guest, and corrupts everything through his greed and focus on materialism. He wants to set up an industry, an ambition for which he is willing to do anything. The play stresses the point that even though rhetoric is not always the truth, is proves to be a useful tool when fiction is turned to fact.
Kumbakarna and Lakshmana, brothers each to the two protagonists of the Ramayana, are connected by boons that dramatically alter their cycles of sleep and wakefulness. While Kumbakarna is granted continuous sleep for six months in a year, Lakshmana is allowed to give up his sleep completely and bequeath it to his wife for the fourteen years of his exile. In the course of time both boons seem to acquire the dimensions of a curse, as they each have an uncomfortable outcome.Hanuman , the first story teller, begins his narrative and talks about the various kinds of hungers in life. He starts juggling the entire Ramayana story the way he conceives it, because his perception is entirely different from that of a human being.
Jaya Prakash Reddy's - One Man ShowAlexander 100 minutes Shadow Characterization PlayIts a one man show by cine actor Jayaprakash Reddy. The story revolves around a retired military major who has characteristics of Alexander the Great, known for his determination and stubbornness. Alexander, the character, gives suggestions and solutions for the present day burning problems pertaining to common man through his one man show.Cast: Jaya Prakash ReddyOn Phone: Kota Srinivas Rao, Allari Naresh, Raghubabu, Kondavalasa, Ravi Kondal Rao, Bommali Ravi, Saikumar , Bharat , Telangana Shakuntala, Radha Kumari (all these will speak to Jaya Prakash Reddy only on phone, they won't be physically present).
Chaudhary Deen Dayals family, somewhere along the Haryana-Rajasthan border, have seen happier times. Due to the drought there is pessimism everywhere, including in the life of his daughter Nandini (Nandu), who is becoming over-age for marriage. Her brother, Mahipat, ever-practical, is constantly at loggerheads with young Padampat, who is a dreamer. As Chaudhary Deen Dayal struggles to keep his family and land together, there arrives a stranger, Bajrang Ali, a man who claims to sell rain! Can we make things happen just by willing them? Are we the real obstacles in our own lives?
A Warsaw Melody is a two-act play that was scripted by a Soviet Union playwright, Leonid Zorin, in 1967. The play tells a beautiful but tragic love story that takes place after World War . A Warsaw Melody takes the audience through the emotional experiences of the lead actor and actress over a span of twenty years, stretching from their youth to middle-age. The two fall headlong in love, but because of the war, the political background of the times, their families and responsibilities, they are unable to get together until the end.
Set in the times of live-in relationships, the play looks into the lives of a couple who is living together in an urban metropolis where this trend is gradually becoming popular. Both of them are independent, economically empowered, busy with their jobs, and have created their own space for themselves. The play explores the nature and complexities of such a relationship while questioning its meaningfulness and the doubts implicit within it.
Mohandas, the novella by Uday Prakash, deals with the trials and tribulations of an ordinary man in post-independence India. It describes the life of that common man fighting to create an identity for himself in a corrupt political structure. It is interesting to note how the plays name is the same as that of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. The production brings out the fact that powerful people can manipulate and control the super-structures of the State to achieve their interests at the cost of the oppressed.
Based on the poem by Agha Shahid Ali, The Country without a Post Office is contextualized against a 1990 incident of Kashmiri rebellion against the Indian State, that resulted in hundreds of gruesome and violent deaths, fires, and mass rapes. For seven months, there was no mail delivered in Kashmir and mountains of letters piled up at the post-offices. One day a friend of the poets father picked up one such letter and discovered that it was from Shahids father, addressed to him. The poem is filled with recurring phrases and words and haunting images of longing and desire, which evoke the pain of one who struggles to understand what is happening in his own land and heart.
The play is about two South African prisoners, undergoing sentence in a prison on an island. As the story unwinds, we are given glimpses of the lives that these two prisoners lead. Both Jhone, the intellectual, and Winston, the active rebel, are rehearsing for the performance Antigone, which they would be staging soon for their fellow prisoners and guards. They discuss and draw parallels between Antigones life and their present condition. The play examines and questions the situations and inhuman conditions of black men who have been imprisoned for political reasons.
Anveshan (Deh Praneya) is based on temple architecture, sensual dance with yogic postures bodies, and embodied, structured patterns of movement. It is a journey of within and without, of witnessing and waiting, at times losing and at times finding new doors to the past and the present. Aiming to be a journey within every soul and mind, the production is a coming-together of music, sound, movements and words, the music floats with the words, and words embrace movement.
The Prosperous regions are threatened by a huge flood and the sad news spreads everywhere. Lord Khang, the king decides to destroy the dam and sacrifice nearby small villages in order to save the city. Local peasants and drummers gather on to the dam to keep watch and warn the villagers.The soothsayer tries to warn the people but no one cares. When the corruption begins, mud swamps the soul, and the people hurry to go without knowing where they are actually going.
This story is about women working at an S&M (sadist & masochist) club who specialize in the profession of giving pleasure through pain. They are not prostitutes and their expertise comes not only from the objective experience of the body but also their context in life, and of course understanding the role of sex in life, living and relationship. The irony of their lives is that they live in two worlds. They discard possessiveness over the body and maintain that a human being is not as simple as a single experience but as complex as many.
The drama deals with the love story of Lord Krishnas elder brother Balaramas daughter Sashirekha and his sister Subhadras son Abhimanyu. Balarama is keen that Sashrekha and Abhimanyu settle down in marriage, but not his wife Revathi. Owing to the pressure from his wife, he plans his daughters marriage with Duryodhans son Lakshman Kumar. A dejected Abhimanyu along with Subhadra goes to meet his father Arjun, and thus the plot proceeds.
This is a play which has been very successful in Delhi and is now touring to three cities in January 2013. Pune - 8th January 2013: 7:30pm Mumbai - 10th January 2013: 7:30pm Bangalore - 16th January 2013: 7:30pmAbout the actorsPranay ManchandaPranay Manchanda has been an actor for over 15 years, working with several renowned theatre practicioners in India and abroad. He is a Post-Graduate in Classical Acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). In 2012, Pranay directed/acted in a short film called Pen Chor for the 48 Hour Film Project - Delhi for which he received Best Director and Best Film. In the same year, he directed/acted in a short play called 2922 for the Short and Sweet Theatre Festival - Delhi for which he received the Best Play award. Madhav MehtaMadhav Mehta has been acting in plays for over 6 years. He studied theatre at Pamona College, California, where he developed his forte - Improv / Comedy. He recently wrote and directed a highly appreciated one-man show called Kasturba Panda ki Pantie which ran to full houses in Delhi.Karam Vir LambaKaram Vir Lamba is an alumnus of The Doon School, Dehradun and St. Stephens College, Delhi. He has been writing, directing and acting in professional productions for over seven years. More importantly, he has already starred in two previous productions of this play, always to packed audiences and standing ovations. The fact that he is still hungry to do this play AGAIN speaks volumes for just how wonderful and infectious a show it is. And how desperate he is for some more attention. But then again, nobody can deny he looks great in a dress; which makes him an ideal choice for the part of Juliet.
Human Nature is bound by its own desires and tendencies, but in these times the idea of living the life is distorted. We have been abandoned in the cage of our so-called selves, and the Solitude of the Self. And it is in a search for freedom from this sense of solitude and selfhood that this performance has been undertaken. The group claims no specific idea, no definite solution to emerge from this production. It is perplexed by and seeks to explore the idea of Total Freedom for all of Humanity, without violating the circle of Others.
Meghnad Badh Kabya (The Saga of Meghnad`s Killing) is the most famous and most acclaimed poem by the poet Michael Madhusudan Dutta, in which he is said to have expressed All the stormiest passions of man`s soul in gigantic language. Instead of following the mythological tradition of portraying Ram and Lakshman as divine beings and Ravana and Meghnad as monsters, the poet saw the last two as moral, courageous, patriotic beings who put up a valiant resistance to Ram`s invasion of Sri Lanka. As the battle progressed Meghnad suddenly realized that the gods were raining flowers on his opponent. Finally, he was slain by Lakshman.
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