Up & Coming - List of plays in February

Tuesday, 1st February
Prithvi Theatre – 9pm: EQUUS
The play tells the story of a psychiatrist, who attempts to treat a young man who has a pathological religious and sexual fascination with horses. In the process he is forced to take a look at his own life and his duty to society as a psychiatrist.

Written by Peter Shaffer. Directed by Daniel DSouza.
With Eamonn Ennis, Daniel Dsouza, Nakul Jayadevan, Rebecca Spurgeon, Vikrant Dhote, Mansi Multani, Jason Menezes, Gautmik and Nishtha Bhargava.

Wednesday, 2nd February
Prithvi Theatre – 9pm: MY GOAD PUNE

Young Vaibhav leaves his small village to follow his dreams and desires in the big city of Pune. He is horrified to find that in order to become a Pune-kar, he has to sit for the PEE (Pune Entrance Exam). What follows is a hilarious journey of how Vaibhav goes from small town simpleton, to powerful Pune-kar. We follow his comic exploits at restaurants, red signals and at the coaching classes. Find out if Vaibhav makes it or not...

Written, Directed and Performed by Chinmay Kulkarni and Tejpal Wagh
Winner of Outstanding Male Actor and Outstanding Play at Thespo 12 in 2010.

Thursday, 3rd February
Prithvi Theatre – 9pm: CHARSHE KOTEE VISARBHOLE

Charshe Koti Visarbhole
(Four Billion Forgetfuls) is a fantasy depicting conditions as they might be in the year 3985 AD.

Friday, 4th February
Prithvi Theatre – 9pm: KASHMIR KASHMIR

The protagonist of the play is a hotel in the middle of nowhere. The multiple story lines are borne along by a shadowy narrator who seems to represent historical influences.

Saturday, 5th February
Prithvi Theatre – 6 & 9pm: NECROPOLIS

The play beginning as a plain, dry narrative, steadily progresses to unfold a kaleidoscopic memoir of the playwright in an autobiographical manner.

Experimental Theatre – 7pm: REBECCA
A spell-binding blend of mystery, romance and suspense, Rebecca is set in Manderley, an ancient, imposing house.

Sunday, 6th February
Experimental Theatre – 4 & 7pm: REBECCA

With Hidaayat Sami, Dilshad Edibam, Tahira Nath, Pavitra Sarkar
and others.

Prithvi Theatre – 6 & 9pm: TICHEE 17 PRAKARANE
Based On Martin Crimp’s “Attempts On Her Life”. Directed By
Alok Rajwade, Nipun Dharmadhikari, Sarang Sathaye, Varun Narvekar.

Monday, 7th February
Cama Hall, Kalaghoda – 7pm: Project S.T.R.I.P.

Exploring the ‘craziness’ of office politics and how things ‘get done’, the play is a rib tickling roller coaster ride to its startling conclusion.

Written by Ram Ganesh Kamatham. Directed by Q.
With Shruti Sridharan, Dilnaz Irani, Gulshan Devaiah, Tariq Vasudeva, Neil Bhoopalam and Dhanendra Kawade

Tuesday, 8th February
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, 9th February
Prithvi Theatre – 6 & 9pm: THE CAINE MUTINY COURT MARTIAL

Directed by Nasseruddin Shah.

Thursday, 10th February
NGMA – 8:30pm: KHATIJABAI OF KARMALI TERRACE

Khatijabai of Karmali Terrace
is not just the story of one woman, but of all of us, trapped in lives that are not our own. An orphan, Khatija marries into the Karmali household. We witness her exploits, her vying for ‘most favoured position’ with her in-laws, the pressurising of her eldest son Aziz and her constant battles with sister-in-law, Shiraz in this play.

Directed by Q. Performed by Jayati Bhatia.

Prithvi Theatre – 9pm: MANTO ISMAT HAZIR HAI
With Heeba Shah, Imran, Rakesh Chaturvedi, Ankur Vikal and Imaad Shah

Friday, 11th February
Prithvi Theatre – 6 & 9pm: MANTO ISMAT HAZIR HAI

Two short stories Bu (Odour) by Saadat Hasan Manto, and Lihaaf (The Quilt) by Ismat Chughtai, for which the writers were, in the mid 1940's, accused of obscenity and put to trial by the Lahore High Court, will be presented along with Ismat Apa’s account of the trial, called In the name of those married women and another celebrated Manto story The Dog of Titwal.

Experimental Theatre – 7:30pm: AN EVENING WITH SITA, SURPANAKHA AND SANDRA
This is a serio-comic look at feminism, love and relationships through the ages, showing how nothing much has changed since the time of the Ramayana.

Saturday, 12th February
Prithvi Theatre – 6 & 9pm: RANG BAJRANG

A story of draught-stricken times when the draught is also a metaphor for the loss of trust and hope in life.

NCPA Godrej Dance Theatre – 7pm: GLOOM TO GLORY
A middle class mother nurses a wish to see her young son represent his country in hockey. Despite the odds, with much hard work he represents Indian hockey team, with a promising future.

Experimental Theatre – 7:30pm: HELPDESK
The play represents a world in which everyone is entitled to ask for help – whether you are a mother wanting to sell your son, a radio wanting your antenna amputated, an executive wanting to display your boyfriend in a shop-window, or a newspaper wanting to go tabloid. The only condition, of course, is that the request must be a reasonable one.

Sunday, 13th February
Prithvi Theatre – 6 & 9pm: RANG BAJRANG

Adaption of Richard Nash’s ‘Rainmaker’. Design & Directed by
Dinesh Thakur

NCPA Godrej Dance Theatre – 7pm: GLOOM TO GLORY
Script and Direction by Mitwa Bhatti. Performed by M.R. Negi

Tata Theatre – 7pm: PUNE HIGHWAY
With
Rajit Kapur, Ashwin Mushran, Yamini Namjoshi, Shankar Sachdev
and Bugs Bhargava Krishna

Experimental Theatre – 7:30pm: WHATEVER YOU SAY
What do two people, who have nothing left to say, say to each other when they are together?

Tuesday, 15th February
Prithvi Theatre – 9pm: HAMLET – THE CLOWN PRINCE

A bunch of Clowns are putting up a show of Hamlet - they sometimes misinterpret the text, sometimes find new meanings in it, sometimes try and understand it, very often make a mess of it.

Wednesday, 16th February
Tata Theatre – 7:30pm: THE SOUND OF MUSIC

The Sound of Music
revisits the von Trapp family: Their lives, their trials and their songs. The final scenes, over the mountains on to Switzerland, provide one of the most thrilling finales presented on stage.

Prithvi Theatre – 9pm: HAMLET – THE CLOWN PRINCE
A Cinematograph Presentation.

Thursday, 17th February
Experimental Theatre – 7pm: BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE

When a young bachelor is by himself for the first time, the exhilaration of knowing that a pretty actress has moved into the next apartment, is a different feeling altogether

Tata Theatre – 7:30pm: THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Directed by
Advait Hazarat.

Prithvi Theatre – 9pm: HAMLET – THE CLOWN PRINCE
With Atul Kumar, Kalki Koechlin, Sujay Saple, Neil Bhoopalam, Namit Das and Puja Sarup.

Friday, 18th February
Tata Theatre – 7:30pm: THE SOUND OF MUSIC
An Ace Presentation
.

Prithvi Theatre – 9pm: HAMLET – THE CLOWN PRINCE
Directed by Rajat Kapoor.

Saturday, 19th February
Prithvi Theatre – 6 & 9pm: HAMLET – THE CLOWN PRINCE

A play in English and Gibberish.

Experimental Theatre – 7pm: CHAOS THEORY
Chaos Theory
is about two professors who experience a lifetime together, without expressing their real emotions. Set in the US and India of the 70s, 80s and 90s, it is an exploration of love which, like the chaos theory, is imperfect physics.


Tata Theatre – 7:30pm: THE SOUND OF MUSIC

With
Dalip Tahil, Delna Mody, Lucky Morani , Darius Shroff , Marianne D’Cruz Aiman and children from Raell Padamsee’s Academy for Creative Expression (ACE) and Happy Home and School for the Blind, Central Society for the Education of the Deaf, Society for the Education of the Crippled, Aseema, Salaam Bombay Foundation, Seva Sadan, Muktangan
and ADAPT.

Sunday, 20th February
Prithvi Theatre – 6 & 9pm: HAMLET – THE CLOWN PRINCE

A bunch of Clowns are putting up a show of Hamlet - they sometimes misinterpret the text, sometimes find new meanings in it, sometimes try and understand it, very often make a mess of it.

Experimental Theatre – 7pm: CHAOS THEORY
Written by Anuvab Pal. Directed by Rahul da Cunha

Wednesay, 23rd February
Prithvi Theatre – 9pm: OPERATION CLOUDBURST

Six tired and wounded soldiers of the Indian army momentarily transform into emotional human beings - relating their thought, confusions and life dilemmas to each other.

Thursday, 24th February

Experimental Theatre – 7pm: ART

Directed & Produced by
Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal & Kaizaad Kotwal

Prithvi Theatre – 9pm: DAYASHANKAR KI DIARY
The dramatized memoir of a man unable to live up to his own dreams, who starts living in a world where fantasy and reality are inseparable

Friday, 25th February
Experimental Theatre – 8pm: KHATIJABAI OF KARMALI TERRACE

Khatijabai of Karmali Terrace
is not just the story of one woman, but of all of us, trapped in lives that are not our own. An orphan, Khatija marries into the Karmali household. We witness her exploits, her vying for ‘most favoured position’ with her in-laws, the pressurising of her eldest son Aziz and her constant battles with sister-in-law, Shiraz in this play.

Directed by Q. Performed by Jayati Bhatia.

Tata Theatre – 7pm: FIVE POINT SOMETHING

What happens when you join your first college? What if the college is called IIT? What if this is where you meet your first love, and her father! How do you make your first friends, your best friends and your first enemies? What happens when you get your grades and wish they wer not yours? What happens when you try to mess with the system and the system messes you up in turn? What happens when you believe this is never going to change, never going to end?

Prithvi Theatre – 9pm: DAUDAA DAUDAA BHAAGA BHAAGA
A satire on today's materialistic and commercial rat-race, and how a simpleton is forced to be a part of it.

Saturday, 26th February
Experimental Theatre – 8pm: THE PRESIDENT IS COMING
In a dog-eat-dog world of young competitors, reality television and short-lived fame, this comedy explores a day in the life of 9 people will stop at nothing because 'THE PRESIDENT IS COMING'

With Ratnabali Bhattacharjee, Shivani Tanksale, Kunaal Roy Kapur, Anand Tiwari, Ira Dubay, Namit Das, Choiti Ghosh, Satchit Puranik and Anup Burte.

“Very funny…had the audience rolling in the aisles”
“The cast is terrific…Enjoyable watch”
- Times of India

“One of the top 5 plays of 2007”
- Hindustan Times

Tata Theatre – 7pm: FIVE POINT SOMETHING
An Evam Presentation

Prithvi Theatre – 6 & 9pm: DAUDAA DAUDAA BHAAGA BHAAGA
An Ekjute Presentation.

Sunday, 27th February
Tata Theatre – 7pm: FIVE POINT SOMETHING

With Naveen Richard / Sudharsan Krishnan, Yudhishthir Rana / Bhargav Ramakrishnan, Avinash Rajendran / Naveen Polisetty, Jimmy Xavier / Vaisakh Shankar, Mamta Bisht/ Amruthavarshini, Anand Nagarker, Parthasarathy Devarajan and Ganesh Ramesh

Experimental Theatre – 8pm: PROJECT S.T.R.I.P.
Exploring the ‘craziness’ of office politics and how things ‘get done’, the play is a rib tickling roller coaster ride to its startling conclusion.

Written by Ram Ganesh Kamatham. Directed by Q.
With Shruti Sridharan, Dilnaz Irani, Gulshan Devaiah, Tariq Vasudeva, Neil Bhoopalam and Dhanendra Kawade

Prithvi Theatre – All Day: PRITHVI THEATRE CARNIVAL
Celebrating the spirit of Prithvi Theatre and the vision of Jennifer Kapoor - Actors will perform their favourite pieces and Directors will present short pieces on 'Today'. More details on www.prithvitheatre.org

Monday, 28th February
18 Anukool – 7:30pm: GREAT TEXT READING

An informal reading of Tanika Gupta’s adaptation of ‘Hobson’s Choice’ by Harold Brighouse.