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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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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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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.

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.

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.

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!

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

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