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Why do I like to watch a play?

Because I love theatre. I love the way an intelligent, engaging script on fresh white sheets of paper is transformed into that moment when the actor is standing on stage and you can almost sense his adrenaline gush. And when, as an audience, you are right in the midst of the act, you feel that adrenaline gush too! Thats precisely why I found Stagecraft’s Dinner Theatre really cool.

There were the actors, with crisp, quickfire dialogues bouncing back and forth the room, and there was me, right within the action, sipping my cool butterbeer and laughing, not in the dark, but in the bright, sparkling restaurant room which itself was the stage. This experiment, of stage and audience merged together, created a pleasurable fluidity.

There were six short plays, written and directed by members of Stagecraft, and enacted by them at Cafe Zinea on 6th December. The scripts were fun, relevant and had the room laughing. Hats off to the actors who made it seem that keeping a straight face and remaining in character is the most natural thing to do, when the bursting with laughter spectator is sitting right next to them!

As always while watching a play, the enjoyment came from the brilliant implementation of an essentially good crux. That is, storyline, and script. In this case the scripts were concise, fitting with the light-hearted nature of the show. What I found amazing was how much the brief, carefully edited sets of dialogues managed to covey.

We were in a restaurant, where a father and a son realise, that it doesn’t make sense to assume that a father and a son can’t possibly double date, and actually tell each other what’s in their minds. We were in a room, where a girl wakes up after a night with a man she met at a wedding, to find his father sitting at a table. The father, instead of acting like an insensitive hypocrite, is calm and honest enough a person to warmly, gracefully talk to the girl. We were at a police station, where we are witness to a very interesting conversation between an understandably suspicious lady and a well meaning prisoner on parole.

This way, while I ate yummy sandwiches and fries, I was taken through hilarious and at the same time meaningful scenes and situations. It was one enlivened, high energy, laughter filled room, and I had a great time being a part of it!

– Khatija Chimthanwala

A shot in the dark

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-

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!

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

Enid Blyton’s The Naughtiest Girl in the School

 

‘The Naughtiest Girl in the School’ is the story of a spoilt and defiant girl Elizabeth Allen who gets furious when her parents decide to send her away to boarding-school. She makes up her mind to be thoroughly rude and disobedient, determined to be expelled by half-term. Despite her best efforts to hate everything, a series of incidents makes Elizabeth realize her folly and she begins to behave and enjoy life at the boarding-school. The unique nature of the school and its teachers and the engaging characters of Elizabeth and her friends will sweep the audience into a world that is at once cozy and unexpected.

Featuring: Arushi Thapar, Anviti Suri, Amol Wakhare, Hariti Shah, Gayatri Chanchani, Arindam Kanoria, Bianca Nazareth, Sonal Anand Trivedi, Gurnoor Bedi and Vikash Khurana

Directed by: Vikash Khurana

Shows: 3 shows were performed as follows. NCPA Experimental 10th May |Prithvi Theatre 12th and 13th May.

 

Horn OK Please

 

 

Horn OK Please is the story of a Mumbai luxury taxi tour operator, Raju, with two wives – one at home in Dombivili and another at home in Kalyan; two lives and a very precise schedule for juggling them both. Trouble brews when Raju meets with an accident and ends up in hospital, where both of his addresses surface, causing both the Dombivili and Thane police to investigate. This upsets his schedule and causes both wives to report him missing. Raju then becomes hopelessly entangled in his attempts to explain himself to his two wives and to two suspicious police officers.

Featuring: Anuj Hamilton, Ketaki Kane Salankar, Ayushi Upadhyay, Onkar Ghare, Leo Naidu, Pooja Shrivastava, Rachit Khetan, Gurnoor Bedi and Pranjala Chauhan

Directed by: Vikash Khurana

SUNDAY 1st FEBRUARY – 2 SHOWS – 5 & 8pm sharp

Entry by Donation: ₹700, 350, 250,150
Available at all Tauby’s outlets and at the venue on show days

Veronica’s Room

A chilling mystery thriller by the author of Rosemary’s Baby, Veronica’s Room, explores the thin line between fantasy and reality, madness and murder. A young couple find themselves lured to an old house by its caretakers to meet the sole surviving member of the family. They insist that the young girl bears a striking resemblance to the family member’s long-dead sister. They believe her presence will comfort the dementia-afflicted woman and allow her to die in peace. But what begins as a simple errand of mercy quickly spirals into a nightmare cycle of guilt, sacrifice and murder.

Praise for Ira Levin:

“Every novel Ira Levin has ever written is a marvel of plotting. He is the Swiss watchmaker of the suspense novel; in terms of plot, he makes what the rest of us do look like those five-dollar watches you can buy in the discount drugstores” – Stephen King
More info on Ira Levin

Featuring:

Bianca Nazareth-Arya
Nandan Majumdar
Cherag Bhagwagar
Sabrina Khan

Show Details:

On 6th and 7th December, 2014 at IMA’s JR Shaw Auditorium, North Ambhazari Road, Nagpur.

Tickets:

Write to us at hello@stagecrafttheatre.in

  • Soon to be a major motion picture!
  • Not recommended for children under 16 years of age.

Veronica's Room

Dekho Magar Pyar Se

Stagecraft Theatre known for its significant contribution to the local English Theatre Movement by not only by giving the city a taste of good theatre, but by providing a platform for amateur actors, has dabbled in Hindi theatre every once in a while, bringing out such gems like ‘Panchi Aise Aate Hain’ and ‘Bhaag Bhaag DK Bose’ in the past.

“Dekho Magar Pyar Se” is set in the office of an exclusive and reputable jewellery store, where its not so reputable owner is trying to secure the affections of his would be mistress by ‘selling’ her husband an expensive diamond necklace at a throwaway price. But the husband does a volte-face, by seizing the opportunity as a perfect occasion to gift the necklace to his own mistress!! From here on the complications multiply uproariously. Mistaken identities, suspicious wives, and a continuous barrage of rapid fire jokes, all become part of the hilarious doing, as the action of the play bubbles along merrily right up to the final curtain, when miraculously everything manages to work out as planned. Or does it?

Directed by N V Sharma

Cast:
Lalit Khullar
Tauby Bhagwagar
N. V. Sharma
Sonal Trivedi
RJ Rocky
Shweta Bhangale-Badhe
Shantanu Thengdi
Shruti Tandon
Anamika Sawarkar
Raunak Madne
Priyanka Nalwale.

Crew:
Sound Design    Priyadarsh Bhabda, Rachit Khetan
Light Design      Onkar Ghare, Nandan Majumdar
Design  Varun Vij
Production  Aryan Acharya
Stage Management  Anamika Sawarkar
Backstage  Sayli Rao, Sudeshna Chatterjee;
Creative Support  Anurag Kulkarni, Swati Sani
Technical Support  Sandeep Baraskar, Vishal Yadav;

Sponsors, Patrons & Partners for the play:  Nagpur Parsi Gymkhana, Godrej Anandam, Dinshaws, Mulani Family, The Hitavada, Radio Mirchi, UCN and Tauby’s.

The play received a fablous response. The review can be read here: http://thehitavada.com/news-details/dekho-magar-pyar-se-enthralls

Uncle Vanya

Uncle Vanya, first published in 1897, is Anton Chekhov’s masterpiece on the frustrated longings and quiet trials of what may be called ordinary, “wasted” lives.  Though it is over a hundred years old, Uncle Vanya probes the central questions of human nature proving that these are timeless and universal and that Chekhov’s understanding of them is as acute as ever.

Stagecraft Theatre’s adaptation of Uncle Vanya is set in a tea estate in a remote mountain district in India’s north east. The play portrays the visit of an elderly professor and his glamorous, much younger second wife, Helen to the rural tea estate that supports their urban city lifestyle. Two friends, Ivan (Uncle Vanya), brother of the professor’s late first wife, who has long managed the estate, and Michael, the local doctor, both fall under Helen’s spell while they grapple with weariness and dissatisfaction with their existence.

Sonia, the professor’s daughter from his first marriage, who has worked with Ivan to keep the estate going, meanwhile suffers from the awareness of her own lack of ‘beauty’ and unrequited love for Michael. Matters come to a head when the professor announces his intention to sell the estate, Ivan and Sonia’s home and raison d’etre.

Based on the story Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov

Directed by Vikash Khurana

Cast:
Vanya    Vikash Khurana
Michael  Varun Vij
Helen     Bianca Nazareth-Arya
Sonia     Gurnoor Bedi
Alex       Nandan Majumdar
Waffles   Anurag Kulkarni

Crew:
Sound Design    Priyadarsh Bhabda
Light Design      Onkar Ghare

A Stagecraft Theatre’s (Nagpur) Production

Shows :

Mumbai : The Prithvi Theatre 12th and 13th May, 9 PM Sharp. Book your tickets

Update : The previous show was very well recieved. Read a review here

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.

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