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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

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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.

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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

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-

Exiting

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!

Insanity

Sugar and Spice Round III

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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 two successful editions, we present

 

Sugar and Spice Round III
on 3rd May, 2014
at Chitnavis Centre, Nagpur; 7.00 PM Sharp. 

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) Aaj Jaane ki Zid na Karo
‘An estranged husband…. A wife who just won’t let go… But are things always what they seem to be?’

Writer – Nandan Majumdar
Director – Parizad Major
Cast: Bianca Nazareth Arya, Anuj Hamilton

2) Babul Mora
‘What happens when the fourth wall disappears, and the audience invades the stage? Who suffers when civic responsibility clashes with self-preservation? Watch this play within a play for the answers.’

Writers- Rahuldev Mukherjee / Arkdev Bhattacharya
Director- Ketaki Kane Salankar
Cast: Supantha Bhattacharyya, Nandan Majumdar, Aasim Sani

3) Jab Andhera Hota Hai
‘A dark, rainy night, a deserted bus-stop, a damsel in distress, a menacing stranger. Be afraid, be very very afraid!’

Writers- Rahuldev Mukherjee / Arkdev Bhattacharya
Director- Supantha Bhattacharyya
Cast: Sonal Trivedi, Shantanu Thengdi

4) Once Again
‘Mohan and Kaamini, eager to extend their online relationship to the next level, decide to meet, only to realise that the idea could be farfetched.’

Writer- Shweta Puranik Pendse
Director- Varun Vij
Cast: Anurag Kulkarni, Shweta Bhangale Badhe

5) Walnut Street
‘Wishes do come true you know but only when the night skies are busy. Michelle is frustrated with her husband when she chances upon an eerie encounter. Be careful what you wish for.’

Writer – Raveesh Jaiswal
Director- Aasim Sani
Cast: Mayuri Assudani, Jorris, Manali Kulkarni

6) The Cop and the Anthem
‘People generally try to stay out of a jail. But what if somebody wants to be locked up?’

Writer- O.Henry/ Adapted by Onkar Ghare
Director- Pranay Naidu
Cast: Rachit Singh, Atharva Moroney, Aryan Acharya, Vinay Pande, Snigdha Banerjee

7) Insanity
‘A state of extreme irrationality where the the incongruous past and the indefinitive future collide into the bloody present for Shirish and Swati.’

Writer- Aasim Sani
Director- Nandan Majumdar
Cast: RJ Rocky, Swati Sani

8) Kya sahi Kya galat
‘Every moment in our lives is a battle of right and wrong, good and evil! Which one wins, is something that is always a choice…’

Writer – Shweta Chaddha
Director – Shweta Bhangale Badhe
Cast: Vinay Pandey, Rachit Khetan

9) Hawai Sapne
‘The story of a man whose reality is restricted to a modest bicycle, but dreams are nestled in a private aircraft’

Writer – A.K Mishr/ Adapted by Shantanu Thengdi
Director- Swati Sani
Cast: Siddhant Verma, Ketaki Kane Salankar, Pranay Naidu, Arjun Kulkarni

10) Mere Papa ki Girl Friend.
‘Sunny Leone and wine Can make a man a swine, But with his wife is it fine? A story of thine and mine.’
Writer- Eshan Sarma
Director-N V Sarma
Cast: N V Sarma, Sunalini Sarma, Eshan Sarma.

Stagecraft ADDA

Short is sweet! Stagecraft Adda Experimental Theatre has made this phrase symbolically true, the best way the people in it can do! The short plays which created a certain amount of buzz amongst the people, got to the best youth platforms available in Nagpur, and succeeded in churning out terrific response from the audience. Out of the 10 short plays that were developed under the forum of Stagecraft Adda, a certain number of plays were performed at Hislop College, VNIT and RKNEC, in college fests and specifically for the youth. The experience was thrilling, as in every show, every person in the team got associated with a new concept for the show to go on!

Sugar and Spice- National Academy of Direct Taxes (Performance date : December 15, 2012)

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Anamika and Raveesh in Firsht time, directed by Shweta Puranik-Pendse

With Sugar & Spice, an independent show in the National Academy of Direct Taxes Auditorium, Stagecraft Theatre ventured into the realms of experimental theatre, with its new outfit- Stagecraft Adda. The purpose was to bring about a twist in the way theatre was being perceived by us. It was necessary to delocalise the creative density in the group and expand the pool of actors and directors. 10 new directors were inducted into the fold and were told to present a 10 minute play each with a cast of their own choice. Each director and actor added their own flavour into the mix and brought about a fresh narrative style.
The plays ranged from slapstick to absurd to dramatic. Genres like situational comedy were attempted successfully by Anurag Kulkarni (Murder by Midnight), Bianca Nazareth-Arya (Turn the Other cheek) and NV Sarma (Parda Uthane se pehle); while Nandan Majumdar attempted Absurdity with ‘The Office Break’ and Raveesh Jaiswal treaded similar territory in ‘Walnut Street’. Anamika Sawarkar’s ‘Exiting’ was about a crucial conversation in a lift while Onkar Ghare’s ’10 minutes of theft’ was a battle of wits between two thieves. Sonal Trivedi’s ‘While the Bentley waits’ was a subtle romantic and Supantha Bhattacharyya’s ‘Mate’ was the character elaboration of a common man which tugged the strings of most of the audience’s hearts. Shweta Puranik-Pendse directed slapstick comedy ‘Firsht Time’ which got the loudest applause from the crowd at NADT.
The Adda also introduced 4 writers as Shweta Puranik-Pendse, Supantha Bhattacharyya, Onkar Ghare and Raveesh Jaiswal directed plays written by themselves.
The Stagecraft Adda thus wishes to continue working in the midst of innovation and experimentation in the years to come.

Sugar and Spice- Hislop College. (Performance date : July 6, 2013)

sugarandspiceII_leoAll the ten plays, developed by the 10 different directors were performed at Hislop College. After the outstanding response and feedback from the previous show of ‘Sugar and Spice…and all that’s nice’ at NADT auditorium, it was rejuvenating to witnesses the audience embracing the different plays having uncommon yet relative themes, with open arms, once again. May it be the brain racking ‘The Office Break’ or the slapstick comedy ‘Firsht Time’, the applause was as always, enthusiastic. If the show was a story, the theme was tenfold and the story was told in ten different parts! Of course, the audience response was also, ten times stronger!

‘Aarohi’- Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT)

When it is decided that a show has to be experimental, every element of it decides to be of such kind. The Stagecraft ADDA team, performed at VNIT’s annual college festival ‘Aarohi’, with a view to encourage the youth to take up performing arts and widespread the happenings of theatre activities. The three plays, ‘Office Break’, ‘Walnut Street’ and ‘Exiting’, directed by Nandan Majumdar, Raveesh Jaiswal and Anamika Sawarkar respectively, got enormous positive reaction from the theatre lovers and students all the same, present at the festival. It was the team of only 5 people taking care of acting, lights, as well as the sound for the plays, which got the plays through in grand fashion and left the audience as well as the organizers, hungry for more!

‘Pratishruti’- Shri Ramdeobaba Kamla Nehru Engineering College.(RKNEC)

In addition to the aforementioned plays, ‘Ten minutes of theft’ directed by Onkar Ghare and ‘Turn the Other cheek’ directed by Bianca Nazreth- Arya, were performed at ‘Pratishruti’, the annual college festival of RKNEC. For the first time, the plays were performed without using mikes, an experiment which paid off terrifically. With a greater than expected turn up of audience, the plays received extremely good response. A genuine fact was that the awareness of the short plays among the audience was clearly visible, with most of the publicity of the earlier shows getting generated by mouth to mouth publicity. The show was a success and the short plays were hit amongst the youth, an objective which was dutifully driven to success by the Stagecraft ADDA team.

Sugar and Spice – Round 2

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A scene from “Rab ne bana di jodi”

The Hitavada wrote about the 2nd edition of Sugar and Spice, and here is what they had to say:

Stagecraft Theatre’s forum for experimental theatre ” The Stagecraft Adda” is back after a successful beginning last year with another evening of 10 min plays.

These plays are an outcome of acting and writing workshops conducted this summer in association with Hislop Academy of performing arts.

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