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Purple Moon

Purple Moon

Inspired by Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize winning play A Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Purple Moon is the story of a Gujarati industrialist family in Juhu, Mumbai, confronted with simmering rivalry, tension, greed, lies, sexuality and death. The emotionally charged, powerful and shifting dynamic of the play traces the life of the Parikhs over the course of an evening. As they struggle to balance love and loathing, truth and lies, intimacy and bondage, they teeter close to the edge, veering now and again towards that thin line that divides us from insanity. The Parikhs are any family, every family, in one way or another.

Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th September 2016, 7pm sharp, IMA’s JR Shaw Auditorium, North Ambazari Road, Nagpur.

Featuring: Moiz Mannan Haque, Radhika Joshi, Raveesh Jaiswal, Shruti Mundada, Tauby Bhagwagar, Vikash Khurana.

Directed By Vikash Khurana

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Sugar & Spice

Sugar and Spice Round V

Stagecraft Adda serves as a forum for Stagecrafters to ideate and innovate. Right from writing for stage to acting, direction, design or lighting, Stagecraft Adda aims to supplement Stagecraft Theatre with a pool of talented individuals having already proved their mettle on stage. It aims to create a set-up where-in intriguing ideas can be developed by a team of established theatre persons and bright youngsters in collaboration and taken to the next level. Nurturing latent talents and exploring experimental theatre is what the Adda wishes to do, which would otherwise take a backseat in the hustle of setting up a mainstream production.

Every show of Stagecraft Adda involves talented directors presenting 10 minute plays written or adapted by someone within the group, presented with a cast of their own choice; each director, writer and actor adding their own flavour into the mix, bringing about a lovely concoction of “Sugar and Spice”. After four successful editions, we present

Sugar and Spice Round V
on 20th August, 2016
at RGIIPM Auditorium, Nagpur

The performances were a huge success. See the picutres here

A medley of 10 plays of 10 minutes each written by 10 writers and directed by 10 directors, presented by a team of talented actors. The plays are:

1) MEN!
The devil’s minion is sent to collect the soul of a very attractive woman. But since when has an expedition involving an attractive person sailed smoothly?

Written by Radhika Joshi
Directed by Leonard Leo
CAST – Shivani Joshi, Varun Vij, Mustafa Neemuchwala, Kritika Rangari

An old retired music teacher invites three of his favourite students, who are now working across the world, for snacks one evening. They chat and reconnect, while the teacher reveals the motive behind his invitation.

Written by Padmashree Pande
Directed by Sonal Trivedi-Malkan
Cast – N V Sarma, Mrudula Kulkarni, Sahil Puniyani, Prajakta Raut

Three strangers, more than two forbearing decades and one painful incident. Relations go awry and misunderstandings brew up, leading to repentance.

Written and Directed by Saurabh Hardas
CAST – Joesph Dias, Saurabh Ghoyal, Amar Mishra

A young, passionate, oblivious flutist. A dream. An obstacle. A confidant. The play beautifully validates the thought, that sometimes maybe, along with grit, all you need is, a confidant.

Written and Directed by Raveesh Jaiswal
CAST – Alina Dhamani, Kritika Rangari

A boat, caught in a stormy sea, has aboard it a band of keen hearted, spirited men. Why exactly have they embarked on a seemingly senseless journey? What is it that drives a human being to do crazy things?

Written and Directed by Khatija Chimthanawala
Cast – Anubhav Gupta, Veda Desai, Rajat Rajani, Eshan Sharma, Stefan Matthew

Mother-son bond is the strongest bond, they say. This is a story of one such mother and her son. Where the Mother already has survived a lot, with husband gone and left alone to take care of her only son. They both go through an emotional turmoil.Now her son is leaving too. Let’s see how they overcome this pain. Its all about the one last goodbye.

Written by Raunak Madne
Directed by Aditya Bansod
Cast – Anadi Sharma, Pooja Manian

A thief arrives in the rathods’ neighbourbood and defiantly tells Rahul(rathod) that she’s here to steal. On further acquaintance, Rahul is intrigued about the strange but insightful thief’s motives. As he follows her methods, their seemingly trivial dialogue provides keen insights into the absurd and meaningless. In the end, rahul is baffled to see life stripped of all its meaning.’We knock reality down its very throne’!

Written & Directed by Amol Wakhare
Cast – Amol Wakhare

On a strange spooky night, an innocent stranger enters a strange house for help, hoping the stranger inmates to be kind, but is frightened to watch the stranger inmates inviting deadly stranger spirits..what happens next ? …watch out…

Written & directed by – Eshan N. Sarma
Cast – N. V. Sarma, S. N. Sarma, Eshan N. Sarma

Old age always comes uninvited, so what do you do when you suddenly find yourself out of a job, a job that means the world to you, a job that defines you! You are left heart broken especially at the thought of who will carry your legacy forward….Here is the story of Salim as he deals with a similar dilemma.

Written & Directed by Nitish Chandra
Cast – Vinay Pande, Taher Shibam , Anubhav Gupta

A father is getting ready to say goodbye to his children, but dawns on the realization that this won’t be a goodbye akin to anything he is hoping for. It’s a play of the notion of emotions, practicality and dysfunction within the boundaries of family.

Written & Directed by Onkar Ghare
CAST – Nirmalya Sinha, Shreya Abhyankar, Samson Aiyub

A Shot in the Dark

Based partially on Marcel Achard’s French Play L’Idiote (The Idiot) and the Blake Edwards film of the same name, Stagecraft Theatre’s adaptation of A Shot in the Dark is the story of a spunky, boisterous Anglo-Indian maid servant who is arrested on a charge of murder, having been found unconscious, nude, and clutching a gun, with her lover dead beside her. But this is no ordinary murder case, as the newly appointed Assistant Commissioner of Police soon learns. Everyone’s got something to hide and a series of confessions, denials and other sordid twists fuel this madcap roller coaster ride, right down to its final hilarious moments.

It was staged on Sunday, 5th June, 2016 at NCPA Experimental Theatre, Nariman Point, Mumbai.

You can see the pictures here.

Directed by Vikash Khurana

Featuring: Bianca Nazareth Arya, Leo Leonard, Onkar Ghare, NV Sharma, Varun Vij and Sonal Trivedi Malkan.

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The Golden Sam Awards : Winners 2015

The proud winners of Stagecraft Theatre’s Golden Sam Awards for the year 2015 are:



Best Actor in a Lead Role:  Leonard Naidu  (A Shot in the Dark)

Best Actress in a Lead Role:  Arushi Thapar  (The Naughtiest Girl in the School)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role:  Raunak Madne  (A Christmas Carol)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role:  Sonal Trivedi Malkan  (A Christmas Carol)

Best Actor in a Comic Role:  Varun Vij  (A Shot in the Dark)

Best Play:  A Christmas Carol



‘Kachchi Kali’ Award for Best Debut (Male):  Rachit Singh  (A Christmas Carol)

‘Kachchi Kali’ Award for Best Debut (Female):  Sonal Bindra  (A Shot in the Dark)

‘Kachchi Kali’ Award for Best Debut (Child):  Hariti Shah  (The Naughtiest Girl in the School)

Best ‘Jugalbandi ‘Award:  Leonard Naidu & Onkar Ghare  (A Shot in the Dark)

‘Jugaad’ Award for Best Backstage Management:  Devanshi Shah & Rachit Khetan  (The Naughtiest Girl in the School)

‘Blackout’ Award for Best Light Design:  Anurag Kulkarni & Onkar Ghare  (The Naughtiest Girl in the School)

‘Dhinchak’ Award for Best Sound Design:  Priyadarsh Bhabda  (The Naughtiest Girl in the School)

‘Break a leg’ Award for Best Choreography:  Sonal Trivedi Malkan  (The Naughtiest Girl in the School)

Best Adaptation:  Swati Sani  (Horn OK Please)

Best Costume Design:  Farah Amroliwalla  (The Naughtiest Girl in the School)

‘Bikini’ Award for Best Short Play:  Nandan Majumdar  (Yellow)

‘Jaagte Raho’ Award for Best On-Stage Catnap:  Anurag Kulkarni  (A Shot in the Dark)

‘Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa’ Award for Best In-performance Decision:  Vikash Khurana  (A Christmas Carol)

‘Ye Kahan Aa Gaye Hum’ Award for Best Comeback:  Raveesh Jaiswal

‘Mamma Mia’ Award for Best On-Stage Mom:  Bianca Nazareth-Arya  (The Naughtiest Girl in the School)

‘Yedi’ Award for Best A D:  Sonal Trivedi Malkan  (A Christmas Carol)

‘Food for my Children’ Award for Best Improvisation:   N V Sharma   (A Shot in the Dark)

Gumnaam Hai Koi

Gumnaam Hai Koi

‘Gumnaam Hai Koi’ is an adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Ten Little Indians or And Then There Were None, is widely considered her masterpiece and described by her as the most difficult of her books to write. Ten strangers are lured to an isolated island in the Andamans by a mysterious host. At dinner a recorded message accuses each of them in turn of having a guilty secret, and by the end of the night one of the guests is dead. Stranded by a violent storm, and haunted by a nursery rhyme counting down one by one, they begin to die. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion.

Featuring: Aditya Bansod, Aditya Sharma, Alina Dhamani, Anshu Dayani, Moiz Mannan Haque, Mustafa Neemuchwala, Nitish Chandra, Prachi Sharma, Shivani Joshi, Tanushree Choudhary.

Directed by: Vikash Khurana

You can see the pictures here.

A Shot in the Dark

“A Shot in the Dark” revolves around a spunky, boisterous Haryanvi maid servant arrested on a charge of murder, having been found unconscious, nude, and clutching a gun, with her lover dead beside her. But this is no ordinary murder case, as the newly appointed Assistant Commissioner of Police soon learns. Everyone’s got something to hide, and a series of confessions, denials and other sordid twists fuel this madcap comedy, right down to its final hilarious moments.

The play was staged on 15th November 2015 at JR Shaw’s IMA Auditorium. You can see the photographs here.

Featuring: Sonal Bindra, Leo Naidu, Onkar Ghare, Ketaki Kane-Salankar, NV Sharma, Aditya Sharma and Varun Vij.

Directed by: Vikash Khurana

Stagecraft Adda Short + Sweet

Stagecraft Adda Short + Sweet

Stagecraft Adda presents Short + Sweet, an evening of 8 Short Plays.

Date: 25th September, 2015
Venue: Tamarind Hall, Chitnavis Centre, Nagpur.
You can watch the plays here.

The plays are-


Written by: Alex Braun
Directed by: Raveesh Jaiswal
Cast: Raunak Madne, Raveesh Jaiswal
Two men enter a lift on a Friday evening. What happens next?

The Interrogation

Written by: Raveesh Jaiswal
Directed by: Shantanu Thengdi
Cast: Anubhav Gupta, Karanjeet Khurana, Saurabh Hardas
A culprit, an interrogator, a manipulative interrogation. But what makes this conversation go wrong all of a sudden?

Date Night

Written by: Bianca Nazareth Arya
Directed by: Sonal Bindra
Cast: Shruti Bhojwani
A young girl is very enthusiastic about her blind date. The play is a narration of her feelings and nervousness as she gets ready for the date.

Ice-cream in November

Written by: Divya Bagaria
Directed by: Rachit Khetan
Cast: Lovish Solanki, Yaqoota Hussain, Aditya Bansod
A story about a simple meeting of two strangers that leaves an impact on both their lives.

The Bhatias

Written by: Raunak Madne
Directed by: Atharva Moroney
Cast: Moiz Haque, Atharva Moroney, Swati Sani, Priyanka Nalwale
A young man on a date unexpectedly meets his father at a cafe, and the turmoil that follows…

One Good Deed

Written by: Rachit Singh
Directed by: Divya Bagaria & Leonard Naidu
Cast: Neelabh Trivedi, Leonard Naidu, Mustafa Neemuchwala, Aditya Sharma, Shruti Bhojwani
A dark, blood stained past, a life of murder, theft and crime and Tony’s one good deed at the end of it all, can his sins be forgiven?

Adhoori Cigarette

Written by: Nandan Majumdar
Directed by: Swati Sani
Cast: Raveesh Jaiswal, Sonal Trivedi
Vijay and Amrita are in love but theirs is not an easy romance. A romance that blossomed over cups of tea, stubs of cigarettes, scientific debates and cartoon sketches; a romance that had more silences than words, a romance that was conducted through distances that neither wanted to bridge.

The Usual Date

Written & Directed by: Onkar Ghare
Cast: Nitish Chandra, Devanshi Shah, Leonard Naidu
A couple meets up at a bus stop, only to find a corpse lying in front of it. What follows is the everyday conversation you can have with a dead man present!

Stagecraft Theatre's A Christmas Carol - A Musical

A Christmas Carol- The Musical

The story of A Christmas Carol illustrates how self-serving, insensitive people can be converted into charitable, caring, and socially conscious members of society through the intersession of moralizing of quasi-religious lessons. Warmth, generosity, and overall goodwill, overcome the protagonist of the story- Ebenezer Scrooge’s bitter apathy as he encounters and learns from his memory, the ability to empathise, and his fear of death. Memory serves to remind Scrooge of a time when he is still felt emotionally connected to other people, before he closed himself off in an austere state of alienation. Empathy enables Scrooge to sympathize with and understand those less fortunate than himself, people like Tiny Tim and Bob Cratchit. The fear of death hints at eminent moral reckoning–the promise of punishment and reward.

With each Ghost’s tale functioning as a parable, A Christmas Carol advances the Christian moral ideals associated with Christmas- generosity, kindness, and universal love for your community.  It also offers a distinctly modern view of Christmas, less concerned with solemn religious ceremony and defined by more joyous traditions- the sharing of gifts, festive celebrations and displays of prosperity.

The play was staged on 6th of September 2015 at St. Ursula’s Auditorium. You can see the photographs here.

Two more shows of the play are being held on 20th December, 2015(at 3PM and 7 PM sharp) at the Indian Medical Associations, JR Shaw Auditorium, North Ambhazari Road, Nagpur.

Featuring: N V Sarma, Anuj Hamilton, Rachit Singh, Onkar Ghare, Sonal Trivedi, Raunak Madne, Joshua Anglo, Nikita Iyer, Amol Wakhare, Shruti Bhojwani, Harsh Dayaramani, Melanie Lancelot.

Directed by: Vikash Khurana