Plays: This Year’s Performances
A MUSLIM IN THE MIDST (English)
Three days after the 9-11 terrorist attacks in New York, late in the night in Bangalore, India: Religious and rural Muslims, Haneef Pasha and his pregnant wife Shabana are stranded on the sidewalk unable to find a ride to an uncle's home in a distant suburb. Watching them and their growing nervousness from a distance is a modern, liberal and affluent Hindu couple both executives of American companies, who offers to give them a ride. Fueled by a pro and anti Islamic rhetoric blaring from the radio, their conversation takes an unexpected turn as the two worlds inadvertently collide. Set in India's Silicon Valley – Bangalore, a city that has close connections to the US; A Muslim in the Midst is a universally relevant story about Islamophobia from an angle never seen before on a world stage. It tells the story of a poor Muslim family from a small village going to the big city looking for work, and losing its way on the first night. It's a story about how people with overwhelming ideological and social differences can also discover a common fellowship based on humanity and civility.
THE MUSIC IN MY BLOOD (English)
"Once you become a musician you cannot unbecome."
The great maestros who have given their life to Classical Indian Music do not hesitate to admit that they have only just begun. The Music in My Blood explores the world of Classical Indian Music through drama. A music that deeply stirs the emotions of a listener and demands great sacrifice from its students. A story of a mother and daughter, also teacher and student. While one struggles to impart the knowledge she has fought for all her life, the other seeks freedom from the strict life as a student. The story is moved forward by the ghost of Walter Kaufmann, a Jewish refugee to India during WWII who gave India the iconic All India Radio tune and fell in love with the music of the land.
CHAKDE CHEKOV (Hindi)*
Chakde Chekhov, a Hindi adaptation of Chekov’s stories, is a composite of two great writers
coming together across time and place. Chekhov is considered to have universal appeal.
Through his short stories, he explores a vast range of human situations that bring out the best and worst in his characters. Mahesh Dattani is considered one of India's best and prolific contemporary playwrights. The play brings out the best of these beautifully limned tragi-comic sketches of life as it comes to us every day!
MANTO-R MEYERA(WOMEN OF MANTO) (Bengali)*
Three women long abused in society for the oldest of professions they are forced to enter. A remarkable aspect of the play is Manto’s treatment of the role of women who rise out of the bleak surroundings of their life to cast a glowing happiness around. His philosophy seems to be a statement of appreciation for human sensibilities which mark goodness of intention in a character.
THE CURIOUS CASE OF A CASUAL TERRORIST (English)
The play tells the story of Basant Adnani, a seventy year old Indian born British citizen, who was arrested by US law enforcement on terrorism charges. Basant was accused of supplying shoulder-launched surface to air missiles to a terrorist organization that wanted to shoot down passenger jetliners on American soil. He was found guilty by the court and was imprisoned for life. However, in reality Basant did not supply any weapons. The entire operation was a setup designed to trap Basant into doing the wrong thing. The terrorist organization, the contact, the weapons supplier, the weapons-everything were fake. What made the bigmouth garment salesman fall into this trap is what the play wants to find out.
DHABOMAAN(THE RUN) (Bengali) *
There has been a dichotomous, intrinsic relationship between humans and other living beings in this world. As humans we sometimes forget that we cohabit in this world with other beings and the latter have as much right over this land as we do. This play is about a buffalo that has been raised like a child by its owners, a couple in rural Bangladesh. However, superstitious beliefs, prejudices, religious fundamentalism paralyzes our human judgment and those who cannot plead their case, those who cannot speak, the poor beings become a victim to our destructive ways. This production will be designed in a folk format dramatized as a folk lore with folk music, dance, and costumes.
THE DJINNS OF EIDGAH (English)
Ashrafi and Bilal are orphaned siblings stranded and defined by the troubles in Kashmir. 18 year old Bilal is the pride of the region, part of a teenage football team set for great heights, and pushed to the limits by the violence around them. Haunted by hope, his sister is caught in the past, and Bilal is torn between escaping the myths of war and the cycles of resistance. Interweaving true stories and testimonies with Islamic storytelling, the play paints a magical portrait of a generation of radicalized kids, and a beautiful landscape lost to conflict.