2013 forecast: The stage ahead

Nadira Babbar

Children's theatre gains a strong foothold in the coming year with an interesting repertoire of plays catering to both the young and old ruling the marquee

While we were witness to several new productions towards the end of the year by theatre groups like Akvarious, Awishkar Rage, AGP, Essay Communications and Motley premiering plays at the NCPA Centrestage and Prithvi theatre festivals, the trend continues this year too. We take a peek into what is in store in 2013.

Ekjute plans three plays

Nadira Babbar's Ekjute is preparing to stage three new plays encompassing different genres this year. The first being a Hindi play, Malaal (means repentance) deals with the sexual awakening of a teenager. The play will premiere at the NCPA Summer fiesta at Tata Theatre. Babbar's second yet untitled production will be a comic tragedy which she plans to script and stage with her daughter Juhi Babbar Soni and son-in-law Anup Soni. The third, also untitled, will be a thriller which Babbar informs she's yet to begin work on.

Rashomon to be dramatised

Bijon Mondal plans to dramatise Akira Kurosawa's Japanese crime drama film, Rashomon for the stage. "It is the story of a Japanese couple who wander in the forest and the wife is raped by a dacoit in front of the husband. Each witness present at the spot narrates the incident with a different perspective, and the complete truth is never revealed," says Mondal, who will direct the play, which is tentatively slated to hit the stage in March or April.

Rise of the Phoenix

Anita Salim and Salim Ghouse's The Phoenix Players will stage two plays in January. Reviving their immensely popular play Ghosts, an adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's drama by the same name; the duo will stage it after a gap of 19 years. The play is an insightful study of a woman in a man's world and the politics of patriarchy; a mirror to the world at large. Their second play, Shakespearewallah,based on a story by Anton Chekhov and works of William Shakespeare, is a tribute to the genius of the bard of English literature, William Shakespeare. Both the plays will be staged on January 29 and 30 respectively at Mumbai's Prithvi Theatre.

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