Rehearsed readings on the Rooftop at 11AM
October 27 Lysistrata by Aristophanes
Directed by Sri Vamsi Matta and Sanjna Bannerjee
Duration: 50 minutes ¦ Language: Hindi, Bhojpuri
Set in Bihar, in the middle of a land-grab situation, the women of Ara and Saran, led by Lysistrata, determined to take matters into their own hands, force the men to stop fighting. The truth is, the mining company is the one who is taking real advantage of the fight. Lysistrata expounds her scheme- they stage a sex strike – the withdrawal of sexual favours until the fight ends. Both the men and women argue, fight it out, and eventually welcome the new change that was intended. After both the parties agree upon the change, Lysistrata gives the women back to the men and a great celebration ensues. The playwright has intended it as a farcical comedy that would morph into an earnest piece of social realism.
Why this play?
The play affords a witty and bold treatment to something that has caused controversy throughout history – women exerting sexual autonomy actively. The play also gives us scope to examine and present the political value of domestic labor. It declares sociopolitical juggernauts of any civilization would not move unless the basic support of domestic maintenance was not painstakingly ensured. The section of society, here – the women, who do that have to be thus valued, considered and consulted in sociopolitical decision making leads to a society which ignores their advice does so at it’s own loss and peril. Though an ancient Greek comedy, a theme highly relevant in the context of current economic and political situations in our country, is explored. It presents the challenge of maintaining the boldness, oftentimes crudeness, of it’s humor, while painting a strong and nuanced picture of the issues at hand.
October 28 Raamji Aayenge written by Abhinav Grover
Directed by Abhinav Grover
Duration: 75 minutes | Language: Hindi
Two Vaanars, Bhonpu and Peepee, are waiting for Bhaguaa on Kishkindha Parvat. A big statue of the previous ruler Bandar Raaja has been demolished. It is a time of major civil unrest now. Humans (Insaan) have formed their own new government and their relations with the original inhabitants, the Bandars, are not very cordial.
Why this play?
November 3 – Aatankavaadiya Aakasmika Saavu written by Surendranath S
Directed by Sandeep Pai
Duration- 1 hour (65 minutes to be precise) Language – Kannada
The play opens with an inspector interrogating The Maniac, a histrionic character, on the first floor of the police station. The Maniac, however, constantly outsmarts the dim-witted inspector and, when the inspector leaves the room, intercepts a phone call from another inspector. The phone call lets the Maniac know that a judge is due at the police station to investigate the interrogation and death of the anarchist. The Maniac decides to impersonate the judge, and successfully does so. He gets the police to re-enact the events, in the actual fourth floor room, and also involves a woman journalist who is trying to probe the events. The play ends in suspension when the journalist and consequently the audience are left to decide the fate of the guilty officers.
Why this play?
This play has given us not just one-two-three but numerous insight to all the actors of this play. This play has been giving us enthralling experiences every time we go on stage
Let me make it clear, this play will NOT give any solution or answer but questioning begins. We always at the end of the show are/were always confused of we achieved what we had to in the performance? The questions are endless? So, we are always exploring this performance with more questions added at the end of every show
November 4 – Meerut
Directed by Ramneek Singh
Duration- 50 minutes written by Ramneek Singh