The plays and their details:
Timba timba timba prashnachinha (in Hindi)
Duration: 60 minutes.
The play is a black comedy in Hindi based on an award winning script of the same name in Marathi. The play explores the tendency of a cynical human society that does not want to get involved in adversity to help others. What happens to people when they examine a tragedy from a distance? Do people get encouraged to transform society? Or does the difficulty of the task at hand result in eventual disillusionment? Are people ready to get their hands dirty in order to react to the situation? Or does armchair criticism and status- quo ensue?..
Playwright: Shantanu Bhat
Shantanu Bhat has written three Marathi plays, Udhalun jau de tufaan sara manaatla, Maziya ana, jara bol na and is the winner of the prestigious Anant Narayan Karandak award. He has also written, acted and co- directed many plays in Marathi and Hindi.
Director: Anup Suryavanshi
Udhalun jau de tufaan sara manaatla (co-written with Shantanu), Paalavi are the Marathi plays written by Anup Suryavanshi and he has scripted them in Hindi and English as well. He is best known for his taut direction alongside extensive backstage involvement (in 12 plays) and has won the best actor, director and most memorable role awards three times to date.
Safar (a comedy/ satire in English)
Duration: 110 minutes (10 minute interval).
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Playwright and director: Vyasa Shastry
Vyasa Shastry has written, acted and directed in multiple shows of three plays in English- Safar, 52 and Still We are Saints, all of which garnered acclaim. He has performed as a stand-up comic alongside international acts such as Papa CJ and at the farewell party of the Vice Admiral Sanjeev Bhasin. He has also won a citizen reviewer award at the Hindu Metroplus theatre fest.
Editor’s note: This is not an authored article.