Come read a play with us!
On the last Monday of every month people meet in Q's drawing room to read a play they may have heard of but not necessarily have read. Writer's come to see how the greats wrote, actors come to play multiple parts and theatre lovers come because it keeps them in touch with the art form. It is open all and everyone takes turns in playing characters from the play. Discussions ensue after over tea and biscuits.
In July, we started our series of comedy plays with Woody Allen's 'God' - 'Neurotic playwright Hepatitis and reluctant leading man Diabetes ponder the implications of God's existence as they desperately search for a way to conclude their play.'
God, subtitled A Comedy in One Act, was first published in 1975, along with Death, and other short stories in Woody Allen's book Without Feathers. The play comes close to utter absurdity as ancient Greek masters have to argue with lonely Manhattan late night theatre visitors in a plot that seems to be falling into pieces every time Allen introduces a new character, which seems to have no relation to the creatures which have already appeared.
The story line in Woody Allen's God is twisted and turned. It comes close to utter absurdity as ancient Greek masters have to argue with lonely Manhattan late night theatre visitors in a plot that seems to be falling into pieces every time Allen introduces a new character, which seems to have no relation to the creatures which have already appeared. The reading lasted for 45 minutes and before we knew it, the play came to an end. But what was great to see, is the animated discussion that took place between the 22 readers that we had in the drawing room. A fully packed house, the discussion varied from the humor in Woody Allen’s plays to the bizarre endings of each of his plays. The humor in “God” seemed to get out the funnier side of our readers. An evening well spent!!
In the month of August, we will be reading Neil Simon's 'Chapter Two' - An autobiographical play, about a writer whose wife has died and his matchmaking brother.
The plot focuses on George Schneider, a recently widowed writer who is introduced to soap opera actress Jennie Malone by his press agent brother Leo and her best friend Faye. Jennie's unhappy marriage to a football player has dissolved after six years, and she's uncertain if she's ready to start dating yet. Neither is George, whose memories of his first wife threaten to interfere with any effort to embrace a new romance. The play had its world premiere at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles on October 7, 1977. It ran through November 26 and then transferred to the Imperial Theatre on Broadway, where it opened on December 4 after seven previews. In January 1979 it moved to the Eugene O'Neill Theatre to complete its total run of 857 performances.
The play was nominated for the 1978 Tony Award for Best Play.
Simon adapted the play for a 1979 film directed by Robert Moore and starring James Caan and Simon's then-wife Marsha Mason, on whom the character of Jennie was based.
A portion of the play and the 1979 movie was used for the plot of the American sitcom Seinfeld's third season's episode, The Letter.
The play was also produced by QTP in 2004 and was directed by Kunaal Roy Kapur and starred Pushan Kriplani, Devika Shahani Punjabi, Kunaal Roy Kapur and Sukeshi Sondhi.
So come on the 29th of August at 7:30pm at 18 Anukool, Sq. Ldr. Harminder Singh Marg, 7 Bungalows. Next to Daljit Gym. All are welcome. If you need directions call Varrun on 26392688 or 9930666332.