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MUSKURATE RAHIYE AAP BAMBAI MEIN HAI

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Sunday 9th June, 7:30 PM 

Written by Various 

Directed by  Mujeeb Khan


It is collage of 3 Comedy plays written by Munshi Premchand, Sadat Hasan Manto and Mujeeb Khan.     

                                                                                                                                     A Ideal Drama and Entertainment Academy (IDEA) Production.



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French plays in translation: POCKETS FULL OF BREADS

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Wednesday 12th June, 6:30 PM 

Written by Matéi Visniec 

Directed by Omkar Bhatkar


The play is a realistic drama, a satire about human nature, talking about people like you and me…sometimes cynical, sometimes shallow, witty and ridiculous, generous and coward in the same time. The play creates a sad and ludicrous universe, its two characters "Man with stick" and "Man with hat" resemble Vladimir and Estragon from Beckett's "Waiting for Godot", experiencing an absurd revelation, engaged in a game of power and free will.    

                                                                                                                                        In collaboration with Alliance Française de Bombay. Play Reading at Theosophy Hall, Churchgate. 

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FLY ON

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Sunday 16th June, 7:30 PM 

Written and Directed Omkar Bhatkar 


The play Fly On is about such a moment. When two unsuspecting strangers meet and converge in a Paulo bus from Goa to Mumbai, their resultant rendezvous opens up the hidden skeletons in their closets. What ensues is a conversation which makes them reveal their souls to each other, followed by unconditional and true love.               

                          

  A  Metamorphosis Theatre Inc Production

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CHAR DON TUKDE

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Sunday 23rd June, 7:30 PM 

Writen and Directed by Yugandhar Deshpande


Urban life has strange issues! The play searches for what do Madan, Fatima, Richa and Bini actually do when they resolve to bring about a revolution right now, turn life upside down right now.  Yet this searching may not necessarily reveal something tangible, something solid to grab onto. Whatever we find would be... in pieces.! What would give a fullstop to  revolution bouncing in our mind....We don't know... So be it.... In the end it is better to not think but obnoxiously laugh it away.

So here's a story about people who want to spill out of their boundaries.... You'd like to see the end?     

                                                                                                                                               An Aavishkar Theatre, Mumbai Production 

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French plays in translation: POCKETS FULL OF BREADS

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 Wednesday 26th June, 6:30 PM 

Written by Matéi Visniec 

Directed by Omkar Bhatkar


The play is a realistic drama, a satire about human nature, talking about people like you and me…sometimes cynical, sometimes shallow, witty and ridiculous, generous and coward in the same time. The play creates a sad and ludicrous universe, its two characters "Man with stick" and "Man with hat" resemble Vladimir and Estragon from Beckett's "Waiting for Godot", experiencing an absurd revelation, engaged in a game of power and free will.  

  

In collaboration with Alliance Française de Bombay. Play Reading at Theosophy Hall, Churchgate.

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ARCADIA…THE PROMISED LAND

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Sunday 30th June, 7:30 PM 

Written and Directed by Omkar Bhatkar 


Arcadia…the promised land is a poetic piece of 70 minutes, covering poetries on various aspects of ageing. The piece is an amalgamation of different kinds of poetries associated with gerontology and death, organically created by a team of six artists, who have been able to translate their lived experiences into a poetic form. The poems cover multiple perspectives of all those associated with ageing and death, ranging from the individual, to the family, relatives, neighbours, doctors, surgeons, and the society at large. Arcadia is a collection of about fifteen poems in multilingual form, with English being the primary thread. The piece is performed with stillness intermingling with live music.  

               

A Metamorphosis Theatre Inc Production


PAST EVENTS

25/05/2019

GO… GO… GOMULI

7:30 PM

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25/05/2019

GO… GO… GOMULI

Written and Directed by Ulka Mayur 


Go...Go...Gomuli is an English-Hindi play for children.  

The sleepy village of Gomuli comes abuzz when the driver of a stranded bus arrives there looking for help and ends up encountering feuding families. Eventually these warring people learn lessons in love and harmony as a mystical tree throws leaves of surprises for them and ushers them in the game of life. In this feel-good, lively play, audience too play part as the tourists of the bus and after watching the world of Gomulities, it is certain that they would tell their friends Go…Go…Gomuli.  

7:30 PM

26/05/2019

STORY QUILT

7:30 PM

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26/05/2019

STORY QUILT

Directed by Shaili Sathyu


This is a performance of three stories stitched together as solo acts. Each story is brought alive using a different form of storytelling-theatre. The performers use techniques ranging from material theatre to musical theatre to physical theatre and good old fashioned oral story telling. Stories include ‘The Mountain that Loved a Bird’, ‘Frederick’, ‘Music for Joshua’, 'The Runaway Wheel' and more. 

7:30 PM

29/05/2019

FRENCH PLAYS IN TRANSLATION: The Night Just Before the Forests

7:30 PM

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29/05/2019

FRENCH PLAYS IN TRANSLATION: The Night Just Before the Forests

 Written by Bernard-Marie Koltès  | Reading Directed by Omkar Bhatkar


A man is walking through the night's rain. You won't get to know his name. The only fact: He's a stranger. One, who doesn't belong to, where he has lived. One, who tries not to attract attention. One, who needs a place to sleep. He's looking for a room and a conversational partner; inside or outside of society. To talk a bit, and to stop for a moment, despite of the rain, that knocks you out.

*The night just before the forests* is a stream of words that opens up the view onto an unsettled world. This fathomless monologue travels through urban alienation, capitalist world, dysfunctional society and loneliness of a broken soul trying to be strong to hit hard against the society yet frail.

7:30 PM

WHAT SHALL WE DO WITH THE VIOLIN? Sunday 19th May, 7:30 PM

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Adapted from Matei Visniec's play

Directed by Omkar Bhatkar     


In a waiting room:  man with the monkey face, the woman with the veil and woman with the blue turban.                                                                                                                                  In a corner, the man with the violin is playing ceaselessly his instrument. At the beginning they listen to him and appreciate him, but very quickly, the repetitive and obsessing tune drives them mad. They try, taking turns, to convince him to stop, at least for some minutes, some seconds.......But the man with the violin doesn’t want to, he doesn’t reply to them. He is playing, more and more menacing, alone against everybody... The others will have to organize themselves against this unexpected musical progression.

GURUDEV AUR MANTO Saturday 18th May, 7 PM

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Reading in  Hindusthani by Katha Kathan 


Tagore & Manto in a Medley of Languages brings forth the writings of two of India’s two greatest writers- Rabindranath Tagore and Saadat Hasan Manto. True to the spirit of Katha Kathan, we will be presenting the stories of these writers in dramatised reading format, reading from their unabridged version. 

CHAR DON TUKDE Friday 17th May, 7:30 PM

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Writen and Directed by Yugandhar Deshpande


Urban life has strange issues! The play searches for what do Madan, Fatima, Richa and Bini actually do when they resolve to bring about a revolution right now, turn life upside down right now.  Yet this searching may not necessarily reveal something tangible, something solid to grab onto. Whatever we find would be... in pieces.! What would give a fullstop to  revolution bouncing in our mind....We don't know... So be it.... In the end it is better to not think but obnoxiously laugh it away.

So here's a story about people who want to spill out of their boundaries.... You'd like to see the end?

French Plays Translation The Night Just Before the Forests Wednesday 8th May, 6:30 PM

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         Written by Bernard-Marie Koltès                                            Performed Reading Directed by Omkar Bhatkar



A man is walking through the night's rain. You won't get to know his name. The only fact: He's a stranger. One, who doesn't belong to, where he has lived. One, who tries not to attract attention. One, who needs a place to sleep. He's looking for a room and a conversational partner; inside or outside of society. To talk a bit, and to stop for a moment, despite of the rain, that knocks you out.

*The night just before the forests* is a stream of words that opens up the view onto an unsettled world. This fathomless monologue travels through urban alienation, capitalist world, dysfunctional society and loneliness of a broken soul trying to be strong to hit hard against the society yet frail.

FRENCH PLAYS IN TRANSLATION ERWIN MOTORS Sunday 5th May | 7:30 PM

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 Written by Magali Mougel       

Reading Directed by Neelam Gheewala


Erwin Motor is a small automotive subcontracting company. It is used at night, on a chain assembly, the young Cécile Volanges model worker whose stubbornness and pride meet the incomprehension of her husband. At the factory, however, a man looks after the tasks, Mr Talzberg. He monitors his workers closely, if not too closely, by means of his own. Indeed, while the director of Erwin Motor, Mrs. Merteuil, agitates the threat of relocation, how to act on the decline in production? Where to look for the culprit? Or rather, the culprit.And the vise tightens around Cecile - a new form of dangerous connection.

In collaboration with Alliance Française de Bombay. This Reading will be held at Theosophy Hall, Churchgate.

ENTERTAINING SHEHZAAD Saturday 4th | 7:30 PM

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 Directed by Rishabh Sood 


To evade punishment for murder, Shehzaad, might have to settle for a compromise with a middle aged landlady and a homosexual. Based on Joe Orton’s “Entertaining Mr. Sloane”, the play is a dark comedy that highlights sexual exploitation.

FRENCH PLAYS IN TRANSLATION ERWIN MOTORS WEDNESDAY 3RD APRIL, 6:30 PM

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 Written by Magali Mougel       

Reading Directed by Neelam Gheewala


Erwin Motor is a small automotive subcontracting company. It is used at night, on a chain assembly, the young Cécile Volanges model worker whose stubbornness and pride meet the incomprehension of her husband. At the factory, however, a man looks after the tasks, Mr Talzberg. He monitors his workers closely, if not too closely, by means of his own. Indeed, while the director of Erwin Motor, Mrs. Merteuil, agitates the threat of relocation, how to act on the decline in production? Where to look for the culprit? Or rather, the culprit.And the vise tightens around Cecile - a new form of dangerous connection.

In collaboration with Alliance Française de Bombay. This Reading will be held at Theosophy Hall, Churchgate. 

FRENCH PLAYS IN TRANSLATION: SCORCHED | SUNDAY 28TH APRIL, 7:30 PM

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                           Written by Wajdi Mouawad                                                 Performed Reading Directed by Omkar Bhatkar 

A mother's last wishes send twins Jeanne and Simon on a journey to the Middle East in search of their tangled roots. Adapted from Wajdi Mouawad's acclaimed play, Incendies tells the powerful and moving tale of two young adults' voyage to the core of deep-rooted hatred, never-ending wars and enduring love.  

In collaboration with Alliance Française de Bombay.

MARCHING DEAD | SATURDAY 6TH APRIL, 7:30 PM

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Written by Debabrat Samal  

Directed by Jitender Singh 

It was just the day after New Year 2016. From 2nd till 5th of January happened 'The Pathankot Terror Attack'. With security personnel dead, with half of the country unaware of the situation, with news channels working exactly on the matter, Marching Dead tries to raise a question. So, as you can get an idea from the synopsis that the play is based on 'Pathankot Terror Attack' which happened from 2nd till 5th of January 2016.  

FRENCH PLAYS IN TRANSLATION BOBIN AND MIKADO | SUNDAY TH APRIL, 7:30 PM

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 Written by Adeline Picault     

Directed by Sharmila Velaskar Kadne

Much of the drama is injected by the narration of Bobin’s husband Jim, who appears to be in the kind of relationship where he does little more than rent a portion of the lady’s love, body and heart. However, as so often in these situations, when she is seduced by Mikado, Jim suffers terribly. The play then follows the consequences of the new relationship, which can be painful for all concerned.                                                                                                    In collaboration with Alliance Française de Bombay. 

13 APRIL 1919 | FRIDAY 12TH APRIL | 6:00 PM

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Reading in Hindusthani  by Katha Kathan

This 13 April marks the 100th year of Jalianwala Bagh massacre. Katha Kathan in association with SAPP pays tribute to the martyrs by reading stories of eminent writers based of the unfortunate incident 

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW'S MRS. WARREN PROFESSION | SATURDAY 13TH APRIL, 7:30 PM

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Directed by Abhyuday Tamhankar

Come witness the clash of opinions between a mother and a daughter. One who seeks independence through the art of selling her body and the other by the art of selling the mind. Both are forward-thinking women, ahead of their own times yet both fall short in their understanding of the true meaning of the independence to the other.

Fin-de-siecle West and Contemporary East. “The unmentionable woman and her capitalist bully.”

MANTO KI ROOMANIYAT SUNDAY 14TH, 7:30 PM

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Directed by Mudit Singhal 

Anthology of 3 One-Act plays by Saadat Hasan Manto

LAMENTATIONS OF THE VIRGIN THURSDAY 18TH, 7:30 PM

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Written and Directed by Omkar Bhatkar

Lamentations of the Virgin is a visual prayer that is said in form of a play. The Passion of Christ is narrated through the eyes of a mother, the Mother of sorrows and Ophealia  in a way unlike before using the references from gospels and sacred scriptures but heavily drawn from the paintings and frescos of the Early Christian Art, Medieval Art, Byzantine Art, Renaissance and Early Modern Art.

CATCH THAT CROCODILE SATURDAY 20TH APRIL, 5.30 PM and 7.30 PM

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Based on a story by Anushka Ravishankar

Directed by Shaili Sathyu

A crocodile appears in the centre of town – no one’s sure how it’s got there but it needs to be caught and returned to the river. Easier said than done, as various high profile people of the town find out. The crocodile outsmarts almost everyone who tries to catch him, but he sure was not ready for little Meena. This is a stage version of a relatively simple story, originally written by Anushka Ravishankar in fun, quirky verse. The play was originally commissioned by the Kala Ghoda Children's Literature Festival 2014 in Mumbai.

RESURRECTION AS THE ANGELS SAW IT |SUNDAY 21 ST APRIL, 7:00 PM

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Written and Directed by Omkar Bhatkar

RESURRECTION AS THE ANGELS SAW IT is a visual prayer that is said in form of a poetic play. The Resurrection of Jesus is narrated through the eyes of the angels who were present with the Myrrh bearers until the ascension of Christ to heaven. The Play is a costume drama that unveils on stage like a dream in which the paintings and frescos of the Renaissance and Early Modern Art come alive on stage.

Play Performance at Apostolic Carmel School Hall. 

FRENCH PLAYS IN TRANSLATION: ERWIN MOTORS | WEDNESDAY 24TH, 6:30 PM

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Written by Magali Mougel          

Reading Directed by Neelam Gheewala

Erwin Motor is a small automotive subcontracting company. It is used at night, on a chain assembly, the young Cécile Volanges model worker whose stubbornness and pride meet the incomprehension of her husband. At the factory, however, a man looks after the tasks, Mr Talzberg. He monitors his workers closely, if not too closely, by means of his own. Indeed, while the director of Erwin Motor, Mrs. Merteuil, agitates the threat of relocation, how to act on the decline in production? Where to look for the culprit? Or rather, the culprit.And the vise tightens around Cecile - a new form of dangerous connection.     

In collaboration with Alliance Française de Bombay.