Up and Coming - Play Schedule

Sunday, 1st August

NCPA Experimental – 4 & 7pm: A GUY THING
Two outrageously mismatched strangers find themselves stranded in a hunting cabin during a ferocious storm. Unable to leave, these men, we gradually find out, aren’t exactly here by chance.


Prithvi Theatre – 6 & 9pm: HAI MERA DIL

A hypochondriac of a husband is so convinced that he is going to die soon of a serious heart ailment that he starts to plan his beloved but innocent wife’s marriage in the upcoming eventuality.


Monday, 2nd August

Yashwant Natya Mandir, Matunga (W) – 7pm: BAAYA DAAR UGHAD

A play based on poetry (abhang) by women saints from 13th to 18th century. The poetry explores their relationship with Lord Vitthal, which gave them courage to face life and to understand themselves.

Nehru Centre, Worli – 7:30pm: CHANDA MAMA DUR KE

The play is a dialogue between a mother and her unborn child.
Written by Neeta Mohindra. Directed by M.K. Raina.


Tuesday, 3rd August

Prithvi Theatre – 9pm: WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?

Join George and Martha for a night of fun and games.
“It will charm you with its generous wry humour…”
“…remarkably precise performances…”
“..a worthy tribute to an old master by another generation.”
- Mumbai Mirror


Nehru Centre, Worli – 7:30pm: CHEHRE

The play examines the vices of alcoholism violence and the barriers it posses, the insecurity, the torture and the uncertainties it creates in the mind of the family members.
Written and Directed by S.M. Azhar Aalam.


Wednesday, 4th August

Nehru Centre, Worli – 2:30pm: GELI EKVEES VARSHA

What happened to the idea of a free, secular, liberal and ideal nation worthy of giving birth to? What about the values and ethics which were supposed to be passed down from the past generation of freedom fighters? What exactly happened in the last 21 years…

Nehru Centre, Worli – 7:30pm: LOVE ON THE BRINK

A wickedly satirical and comic story about three people who meet unexpectedly one dark night at the edge of the sea front.


NCPA Experimental – 6:30pm: 2611 (A PERSONAL WAR)

This play is based on true accounts of seven people who experienced the tragedy of 26/11/08 in Mumbai at seven different locations in the city.


Prithvi Theatre – 9pm: WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?

An (ibid.) Presentation.

Written by Edward Albee. Directed by Tahira Nath.

With Aman Uppal, Tahira Nath, Mrunmayee Lagoo and Ali Fazal.
Winner of Outstanding Female Actor in a Supporting Role at Thespo 2007.


Thursday, 5th August

Prithvi Theatre – 9pm: DREAMS OF TALEEM

A play about theatre, about love, passion, longing, acceptance, and rejection.


Nehru Centre, Worli – 2:30pm: THEYYAM THEYYAM

Theyya Theyyam is the story of a villager "Ramunni" who used to enact the role of a theyyam in the villae festival, year after year, as it is his family right.

Produced by Sopanam Institute of Performing Arts & Research, Thiruvanthapuram.


Nehru Centre, Worli – 7:30pm: SHANKUNTALAM

A play in Sanskrit. Written by Mahakavi Kalidasa. Directed by Kavalam Panikkar.


Friday, 6th August

Nehru Centre, Worli – 2:30pm: KHIDKYA

Directed by Girish Joshi.

Produced by Maharashtra Cultural Centre, Pune.


Nehru Centre, Worli – 7:30pm: EK BUDHA DIN

Written by Rajan Tiwari. Directed by Laique Husain.

Produced by The Performers, Udaipur.


Prithvi Theatre – 9pm: DREAMS OF TALEEM

Written by Sachin Kundalkar. Directed by Sunil Shanbag.


Saturday, 7th August

Prithvi Theatre – 6 & 9pm: SOME GIRL(S)

A humorous yet poignant look at relationships. A man on the verge of getting married calls up is ex-girlfriends to gain some closure and to apologise for past sins.


Nehru Centre, Worli – 2:30pm: MOBARAK

Written by Sandip Bagchi. Directed by Sandip Bhattacharya.

Produced by Rangasram, West Bengal


Nehru Centre, Worli – 7:30pm: KAAL CHAKRA

A play focusing on the mental and physical anguish that old couples undergo due to sheer callousness on the part of their children who do not wish to be burdened with the responsibility of looking after their aged-parents.


NCPA Experimental – 6:30pm: BAAYA DAAR UGHAD

A play based on poetry (abhang) by women saints from 13th to 18th century. The poetry explores their relationship with Lord Vitthal, which gave them courage to face life and to understand themselves.


NCPA Tata Theatre – 7pm: BADE MIYAN DEEWANE

The play is essentially about a rich, eccentric octogenarian who is used to living a luxurious and flamboyant life and is swept off his feet by a beautiful young girl in his neighbourhood who, incidentally, is also his son’s love interest.


Sunday, 8th August

Prithvi Theatre – 6 & 9pm: PROJECT S.T.R.I.P.

In a small pond, it’s the big corporations that feed on the little fish! A comic satire about deranged corporations, mercenaries-for-hire, and an armed man called Abu and people who just can't seem to get out of the way.


Nehru Centre, Worli – 2:30pm: BAAYA DAAR UGHAD

A play based on poetry (abhang) by women saints from 13th to 18th century. The poetry explores their relationship with Lord Vitthal, which gave them courage to face life and to understand themselves.


NCPA Experimental – 3pm: EK RIKAMI BAJU

The play unfolds the story of a young lady Ritu, with a cancer lump in her left breast.


NCPA Experimental – 6:30pm: GELI EKVEES VARSHA

What happened to the idea of a free, secular, liberal and ideal nation worthy of giving birth to? What about the values and ethics which were supposed to be passed down from the past generation of freedom fighters? What exactly happened in the last 21 years…


NCPA Tata Theatre – 6:30pm: GET RID OF MY WIFE

Three friends living together, one blind, one deaf and one dumb, are steeped in debts.


Nehru Centre, Worli – 7:30pm: GARV THI KAHO HAME GUJARATI CHHIYE

A story of a woman named Mrudula Jariwala and her struggle to save her mother tongue Gujarati, and to prove her point to people that if they will not educate your children in their mother tongue, we will lose our culture, our identity, and our values.

Written & Directed by Imtiaz Patel.


Monday, 9th August

Gadkari Rangayatan, Thane – 4:30pm: BAAYA DAAR UGHAD

A play based on poetry (abhang) by women saints from 13th to 18th century. The poetry explores their relationship with Lord Vitthal, which gave them courage to face life and to understand themselves.


NCPA Experimental – 6:30pm: EKMEKAAT

This is a story of a girl who is restless and angry with the world. She finds it difficult to mould herself according to the conventional social frame of mind.


Nehru Centre, Worli – 7:30pm: AGRA BAZAR

In Agra, depression prevails over the bazaar and nothing sells.

Written & Directed by Habib Tanvir.


NCPA Jamshed Bhabha Theatre – 7:30pm: A DISAPPEARING NUMBER

UK theatre company Complicite’s award-winning play, A Disappearing Number, is based on the mysterious and romantic mathematical collaboration between Indian mathematician S. Ramanujan, and his English counterpart G. H. Hardy, who recognised him as a genius when others dismissed him as a crank.


Tuesday, 10th August

NCPA Experimental – 6:30pm: AANANDBHOG MALL

The play is a story of a couple living in a small Indian city. It creatively reflects the complex relationship between two characters in their early thirties.


NCPA Jamshed Bhabha Theatre – 7:30pm: A DISAPPEARING NUMBER

For all Indians, the play resonates deeply as it draws parallels between the scientific notion of connectedness and the diasporic sense of being connected.


Prithvi Theatre – 9pm: THE CAINE MUTINY COURT MARTIAL

The play lays bare the tragedy of war, probes deep into the psyche of men who are in the forefront of the battle and in one sweep damns everyone who looks at the war as a stepping stone to self-aggrandisement.


Wednesday, 11th August

NCPA Experimental – 6:30pm: MAHAPOOR

Mahapoor is about the youth – Govind Raghunath Kawthekar. The story unfolds the secrets of his shattered life: his ambitions, passions, loves and realization of the absurdity of life.


NCPA Jamshed Bhabha Theatre – 7:30pm: A DISAPPEARING NUMBER

About maths and beauty; imagination and the nature of infinity; how we create and how we love.


Prithvi Theatre – 9pm: THE CAINE MUTINY COURT MARTIAL

A Motley Presentation.


Thursday, 12th August

Prithvi Theatre – 9pm: MANTO ISMAT HAZIR HAI

With Heeba Shah, Rakesh Chaturvedi, Ankur Vikal and Imaad Shah.


Friday, 13th August

Prithvi Theatre – 6 & 9pm: MANTO ISMAT HAZIR HAI

Directed by Naseeruddin Shah.


Saturday, 14th August

Prithvi Theatre – 6 & 9pm: ISMAT AAPA KE NAAM 2

It encompasses three stories of Ismat Chugtai namely Amar Behl, Nahni Ki Naani And Do Haath.


NCPA Experimental – 7pm: SAAT TARI EKVEES, (7X3=21) PART 2, FARI EKVEES!

The idea behind this production is to bring together budding and seasoned writers and provide them a freehand to present their stage craft.


NCPA Tata Theatre – 7pm: THE ALCHEMIST

The Alchemist tells the story of Santiago, a simple shepherd boy, who has a dream and the courage to follow it.


Sunday, 15th August

Prithvi Theatre – 6 & 9pm: ISMAT AAPA KE NAAM 2

With Manoj Pahwa, Seema Pahwa and Lovleen Sharma.


NCPA Experimental – 7pm: SAAT TARI EKVEES, (7X3=21) PART 2, FARI EKVEES!

A Manhar Gadhia Production.


Tuesday, 17th August

Prithvi Theatre – 9pm: KUMBH KATHA

In the eternal struggle for power between the devas and asuras, four drops of amrit fell from the kumbh. The fifth drop remained a mystery.


Wednesday, 18th August

Prithvi Theatre – 6 & 9pm: KUMBH KATHA

A T-POT Presentation.


Thursday, 19th August

Prithvi Theatre – 6 & 9pm: KUMBH KATHA

Written and Directed by Trishla Patel.


Friday, 20th August

Prithvi Theatre – 9pm: LEKIN…PHIR BHI

When a brother and father feel compelled to kill their sister and daughter, it does not remain an issue of honour , It becomes an act of crime.


Saturday, 21st August

Prithvi Theatre – 6 & 9pm: LEKIN…PHIR BHI

Directed by Salim Arif.


NCPA Experimental – 7pm: SOME GIRL(S)

A humorous yet poignant look at relationships. A man on the verge of getting married calls up is ex-girlfriends to gain some closure and to apologise for past sins.


With Mukul Chaddha, Shivani Tanksale, Juhi Pande, Radhika Mittal and Tarana Raja Kapoor.


Directed by Nadir Khan.


NCPA Tata Theatre – 7pm: ONE ON ONE

A Rage Presentation.


NCPA Tata Theatre – 7pm: THE GAME

With Alyque Padamsee and Sabira Merchant.


Sunday, 22nd August

Prithvi Theatre – 6 & 9pm: LAKEEREIN

An Essay Communications Presentation.


NCPA Tata Theatre – 7pm: THE GAME

Adapted by Bachi Karkaria. Directed by Sam Kerawalla.


NCPA Experimental – 6:30pm: PROJECT S.T.R.I.P.

In a small pond, it’s the big corporations that feed on the little fish! A comic satire about deranged corporations, mercenaries-for-hire, and an armed man called Abu and people who just can't seem to get out of the way.


With Haarsh A. Singh, Dilnaz Irani, Tariq Vasudeva, Shruti Sridharan and Neil Bhoopalam.


Directed by Q.


Tuesday, 24th August

NCPA Experimental – 7pm: ALL IZZ WELL

This rib-tickling family entertainer is about a millionaire extremely worried about his only daughter Shiraz, who is perpetually falling in and out of love.


Prithvi Theatre – 9pm: GAJ FOOT INCH

A Yatri Presentation.


Wednesday, 25th August

Prithvi Theatre – 9pm: GAJ FOOT INCH

Directed by Om Katare.


Thursday, 26th August

Prithvi Theatre – 9pm: RAAVANLEELA

The scenario is a Ramleela being enacted in a village.


Friday, 27th August

Prithvi Theatre – 9pm: RAAVANLEELA

In an amateurish Ramleela at countryside situation becomes chaotic, humorous because of the involvement of all non-serious, disinterested and untrained members of the society enacting characters from Ramayana.


Saturday, 28th August
NCPA Tata Theatre – 7pm: S*X, M*RALITY and CENS*RSHIP

This rib-tickling family entertainer is about a millionaire extremely worried about his only daughter Shiraz, who is perpetually falling in and out of love.


Prithvi Theatre – 6 & 9pm: GAJ FOOT INCH

A Yatri Presentation.


Sunday, 29th August

NCPA Experimental – 7pm: SARA

A dramatic enactment of the life and times of Sara Shagufta, one of Pakistan’s most controversial poets, whose life was troubled with personal conflict, which found expression through her creative outpourings.


Prithvi Theatre – 6 & 9pm: CHINTA CHHOD CHINTAMANI

The story of a family where the father thinks his progenies are standing at the threshold of total ruination.


Monday, 30th August
18 Anukool - 7:30pm: Great Text Reading
An informal reading of Andrew Bovell's 'When the rain stops falling'


Tuesday, 31st August

Prithvi Theatre – 9pm: PUNE HIGHWAY

Three young men are holed up in a seedy hotel room just off the Bombay-Pune highway. They are scared, they are tired, and they are on the run.