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Fool’s Paradise

FOOL’S PARADISE – Comedy (English)
An adaptation of P G Wodehouse’s Bachelors Anonymous
A journalist who falls in love with a playwright, a film producer who avoids women for fear of marrying them, three friends who vow to remain single for the rest of their lives, a free-spirited traveler who is made to eat humble pie, an unlikely inheritance, an unusual connection – on the way, all the laughs and guffaws in this paradise of fools. Fools like all the rest of us – as wise as they are foolish and foolish in spite of their wisdom.

Inspired by P.G. Wodehouse’s characters and comic timing, Fool’s Paradise is a new play with urban, contemporary characters and their views on love, longing, ambition and romance. Zippy dialogue, crackling pace, clever execution and an unexpected finale make for a delightful theatre experience that is both uproarious and insightful.

Directed by: Vikash Khurana

Featuring: Raveesh Jaiswal, Arya Diwakar, Bianca Nazareth Arya, Nitish Chandra, Sonal Trivedi Malkan, Onkar Ghare, Vivek Daga.

Date: Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th August 2017

Time: 3pm & 7pm Sharp

Venue: Gurunanak Bhavan, Dept. of Fine Arts, before Nagpur University Campus, Ambazari Garden Road, Nagpur.

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CANVAS 3.0

Stagecraft Adda presents CANVAS 3.0

A collection of 4 one-act Plays

It was staged on Sunday 9 April 2017 at RGNIIPM Auditorium.

JANUARY

A single father lets his daughter go out with her partner and friends for a new year’s party, after failing to convince her to spend another hour talking to him. His brother confronts him about his impending plans to leave and the consequences of his absence in his daughter’s life.

Written by Onkar Ghare | Directed by Vivek Daga
Cast: Niketan Shahare, Supriti Dash Sharma, Aman Opai, Aayushie Vairagade.

APRIL

An aspiring poet, but a typical teenager, unsatisfied with life and its happenings, constantly wanting more than what she has. Her vision changes at a drop of a hat after talking to April as she realizes the beauty of life.

Written by Arya Diwakar | Directed by Raveesh Jaiswal
Cast: Anurima Chakraborty, Prajakta Raut, Rajat Agrawal, Aditi Joshi.

MAY

Set in the month of may, in a city surrounded by hills and forests, the play traces the enlightenment of a man and his brief adventures with fellow human beings.

Written by Amol Wakhare | Directed by N V Sharma
Cast: Ankush Kamble, Mohit Raut, Devashish Thakare, Manoj Chauhan, Komal Nagdev, Rajat Rajani.

OCTOBER

An enchanted forest twinkles with light and colour and magic. But the very source of that magic, has chosen to leave. Why? He loves his woods too much. His love, his strength and his vulnerability are all brought to the fore, when a young fairy is born into the dying light.

Written by Khatija Ferhy | Directed by Radhika Joshi
Cast: Shivani Joshi, Ansh Hariramani, Arshia Tarkunde, Anurag Nashine.

 

Technical Team
Lights: Aditya Bansod
Sound: Anubhav Gupta
Backstage: Viddesh Gharpure & Rishabh Shukla

Manohar Mama

Manohar Mama, an eccentric, self-proclaimed detective, has a nose for smelling out ‘conspiracies’ that occur in his small town neighbourhood. Whether it means poking his nose in domestic issues and petty feuds, giving unwanted but warranted advice or tracking down a miscreant who litters the streets in the middle of the night, Manohar Mama, with his niece and nephew as his personal assistants, is the man of the moment. Until one day, when his next door neighbour’s dog mysteriously disappears! Piecing together a set of clues, Manohar Mama is quickly on the trail of what is his biggest challenge yet – to find the missing dog and the culprit!

Directed by: Vikash Khurana

Date: Saturday 6th May 2017
Time: 4 pm & 7 pm Sharp
Venue: Mimosa Hall, 1st Floor, Chitnavis Centre, Nagpur.

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GOLDEN SAM AWARDS 2016

The Golden Sam Awards : Winners 2016

The proud winners of Stagecraft Theatre’s Golden Sam Awards for the year 2016 are:

 

PEOPLE’S CHOICE POPULAR AWARDS

Best Actor Leonard Leo (Chehal Pehal)

Best Actress Radhika Joshi (Purple Moon)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role Nitish Chandra (Gumnaam Hai Koi)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role Tauby Bhagwagar (Purple Moon)

Best Actor in a Comic Role Aditya Bansod (Chehal Pehal)

Best Actor in a Negative Role Moiz Haque (Gumnaam Hai Koi)

Best Play Chehal Pehal

 

TECHNICAL AWARDS

‘Kachchi Kali’ Award for Best Debut (Male) Anuj Mohan Singh (Chehal Pehal)

‘Kachchi Kali’ Award for Best Debut (Female) Shivani Joshi (Gumnaam Hai Koi)

Best ‘Jugalbandi’ Award Nitish Chandra & Aditya Bansod (Chehal Pehal)

‘Jugaad’ Award for Best Production Pooja Manian (Five on aTreasure Island)

‘Blackout’ Award for Best Light Design Rachit Khetan (Gumnaam Hai Koi)

‘Dhinchak’ Award for Best Sound Design Onkar Ghare (Gumnaam Hai Koi)

‘The Shining Star’ Award for Best All-Round Performance Rachit Khetan

‘Break a Leg’ Award for Best Choreography Sonal Trivedi Malkan (Five on Treasure Island)

Best Adaptation Ankita Athawale & Onkar Ghare (Chehal Pehal)

Best Costume Design Nikita Mhaisalkar (Purple Moon)

‘Gaao Beta’ Award for Best Onstage Song Krutika Rangari (Chehal Pehal)

Best Set Design Pooja Manian (Purple Moon)

Best Publicity Design Sohrab Kanga (Gumnaam Hai Koi)

Best Child Actor Amol Wakhare (Five on a Treasure Island)

Best Child Actress Shruti Bhojwani (Five on a Treasure Island)

‘Abhi Abhi Toh Aaye Ho’ for Best “Blink-and-you-miss” Role Prachi Sharma (Gumnaam Hai Koi)

‘Ye Kahan Aa Gaya Mai’ for The Best Clueless Performance Anurag Kulkarni (Five on a Treasure Island)

‘India Ka Naam Roshan Karoge’ for Best Javelin Throw Moiz Haque (Purple Moon)

‘Love Is Sweet Poison’ for Most Romantic Moment Shruti Mundada (Chehal Pehal)

‘The Sultan’ Award for Best Onstage Kushti Nitish Chandra (Chehal Pehal)

 

‘Bikini’ Award for Short Play (Stagecraft Adda)

Best Actor Bianca Nazareth Arya (Queen)

Best Writer Nandan Majumdar (Ace)

Best Director Onkar Ghare (Queen)

Best Play Bansi (Raveesh Jaiswal)

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Four 2 Ka 1

Four 2 Ka 1 is a hilarious farce set in the residence of an ultra-rich and socially elite couple. Three nouveau-riche couples gather in the posh residence for a dinner party, celebrating their hosts’ 20th wedding anniversary. When they arrive, they discover that there are no servants in the house, the hostess is missing, and the host has shot himself through the earlobe! Farcical complications arise when, given everyone’s ‘Page 3’ status, they need to do everything possible to conceal the evening’s events from the police and the media. As the confusions and miscommunications mount, the evening spins off into a classic farcical comedy.

Directed by: Vikash Khurana

Featuring: Lalit Khullar, Moiz Haque, Radhika Joshi, Vivek Daga, Prachi Sharma, Shagufta Mehdi & Nitish Chandra.

The show was staged on Sunday 12th February 2017 at the RGNIIPM Auditorium.

Adda 6

Sugar & Spice Round VI

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 VI

The performances were a huge success.

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

1) ‘You’re on Hold’

Directed by Onkar Ghare
Written by Nandan Majumdar
Performed by Aishwarya Deotale

A single woman struggles to give attention to her mother and her best friend while going through troubles of her own.

2) ‘Let it Go’

Directed by Bianca Nazareth Arya
Written by Arya Diwakar
Performed by Anubhav Gupta

A man struggles with changing his perspective about his trouble-ridden life.

3) ‘The Edge of Teen’

Directed by Amol Wakhare
Written by Anjali Mishra
Performed by Isha Shrivastava

A witty teen gives an up close and personal view of a teenager’s life.

4) ‘Kuch Pal’

Directed by Krutika Rangari
Written by Saurabh Hardas
Performed by Anadi Sharma

A dutiful son reminisces about his father while talking to his wheelchair-ridden mother.

5) ‘Infinite’

Directed by Vinay Pande
Written by Khatija Ferhy
Performed by Kiran Gosavi

A fisherwoman takes her son along an eventful journey as they look out for fallen stars.

6) ‘Sab Pagal Ho’

Directed by N V Sharma
Written by Shefali Hardas
Performed by Mustafa Neemuchwala

An unhinged person is let loose in public, but there is more than what meets the eye.

7) ‘Who Died First’

Directed by Aditya Bansod
Written by Shantanu Thengdi
Performed by Vijayshree Bajaj

A tale from the Arabian nights, where a woman mournfully tells the story of her husband.

8) ‘Haan Mai Jhooth Bolti Hoon’

Directed by Ketaki Kane Salankar
Written by Neelabh Trivedi
Performed by Mrudula Kulkarni

A clever, street smart woman talks about the art of lying and it’s rightfulness in society.

9) ‘Batwara’

Directed by Varun Vij
Written by Nitish Chandra
Performed by Rachit Khetan

A refugee struggles with the decision of whom to abandon when his family is rocked by the 1947 partition.

10) ‘Thank God!’

Directed by Raveesh Jaiswal
Written by Radhika Joshi
Performed by Shivani Joshi

A mother dialogues about a morning when her inherent wishes came dramatically true.

 

The show was staged on 15th January, 2017 at RGNIIPM Auditorium, Nagpur.

Chehal Pehal

Chehal Pehal

To commemorate William Shakespeare on his 400th death anniversary, Stagecraft Theatre’s next offering is inspired by his highly acclaimed romantic comedy, Much Ado About Nothing.
Set in the vibrant and colourful 70s in Delhi, India, and seen in the context of a time not so distant and yet very definitely past, the play explores Shakespeare’s plot and characters in a time of resurgent national pride post emergency; think Kapil Dev, Amitabh Bachchan, Zeenat Aman, Ambassador cars, Saturday Night Fever – Bee Gees, Bell-bottoms, Campa Cola, Chitrahaar… The plot centers around two couples: Kamal falls in love with Harini and their marriage is agreed upon. Bulbul and Bansi despise love and engage in comic banter, while their friends and family conspire to make them fall in love with each other. Meanwhile, Jagdish, a cousin, contrives a more malicious plot to keep them apart. Placing the story in a different time and place, the play, attempts a refreshing and equally entertaining portrayal, uncovering a new landscape from which to regard the fleeting and the eternal nature of love and life.

Watch the Sneak-Peek at the rehearsals of Chehal Pehal

Directed By: Vikash Khurana

Featuring: Leonard Leo, Krutika Rangari, Anuj Singh, Shruti Mundada, Radhika Joshi, Nitish Chandra, Aditya Bansod, Arya Diwakar, Onkar Ghare.

It was staged on Sunday, 13th November 2016 at the RGIIPM Auditorium, Nagpur.

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.

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

Directed By Vikash Khurana

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

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, Krutika Rangari

2) REUNION
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

3) NADAAMAT
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 – Joseph Dias, Saurabh Ghoyal, Amar Mishra

4) BANSI
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, Krutika Rangari

5) BEACON
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

6) RUKHSAT
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

7) PINOCCHIO 2.0
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

8) STRANGER
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

9) VIRAASAT
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

10) ADIEU
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

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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