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Plays I have seen and Events I have been to

  1. Pune Highway
    Date Seen: 14 May 2011
    Venue: Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon, Delhi (NCR), India
    Written and Directed by: Rahul da Cunha
    Instance Cast: Bugs Bhargava Krishna, Ashwin Mushran, Rajit Kapur, Yamini Namjoshi, Shankar Sachdev

    It is 5 a.m. Three friends are holed up in a seedy hotel room, off the Bombay-Pune highway. They have just witnessed the stabbing of a fourth friend, in a robbery attempt by thugs. They need desperately to get back to Bombay, but are constantly thwarted by obstacles.A comic thriller that explores the survival of friendship in extreme circumstances. The play is filled with tension, nostalgia and humour.The play premiered at the Writers’ Bloc festival in 2004 and has since performed over a 100 shows all over the country and abroad. It played at the prestigious Biennale Bonn festival in Germany, as well a toured Amsterdam, Antwerp and Malaysia.

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  2. Copenhagen
    Date Seen: 16 October 2011
    Venue: NCPA Experimental Theatre, Mumbai, India
    Written by: Michael Frayn
    Directed by: Avaan Patel
    Instance Cast: Tom Alter, Veera Abadan and Vivek Tandon

    Why did Werner Heisenberg mysteriously visit Neils Bohr and his wife Margrethe in Copenhagen in 1941? What are the moral implications of nuclear programming? This exciting, evocatively crafted and topical play explores the historic meeting between the two great nuclear physicists, who are on opposing sides in World War II.

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  3. Class of '84
    Date Seen: 13 November 2011
    Venue: Sophia Auditorium, Mumbai, India
    Directed by: Rahul Da Cunha
    Instance Cast: Shernaz Patel, Zafar Karachiwala, Sohrab Ardeshir, Devika Shahani, Rituuraj, Rajit Kapur, Dipika Roy, Arghya Lahiri

    A part--witty, part--gritty take on friendship. The beach home of a couple hosting five friends, backgrounds the college caper .But it digs deep, to earnestly scratch up still simmering issues between the seven protagonists.

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  4. Ok, Tata, Bye Bye
    Date Seen: 15 January 2012
    Venue: Prithvi Theatre, Juhu, Mumbai, India
    Directed by: Rabijita Gogoi
    Instance Cast: Ahlam Khan Karachiwala, Prerna Chawla, Gagan Riar, Nishi Doshi, Jim Sarbh, Shabnam Wadehra, Sarika, Aanchal, Mayur More, Gopal Datt

    Pooja and Mitch come to India to make a documentary on caste-based prostitution, but it’s not as easy as they hoped. Seema, the sex worker, is uneducated, but intelligent enough to make them run around in circles. Rupa’s shy, but keen to explore the world outside. There is a trucker who thinks he is smart but always gets duped by the girls. A village full of sex workers where nothing and nobody comes for free …a price has to be paid eventually.

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  5. Baghdad Wedding
    Date Seen: 22 January 2012
    Venue: Prithvi Theatre, Juhu, Mumbai, India
    Directed by: Akarsh Khurana
    Written by: Hassan Abdulrazzak
    Instance Cast: Nimrat Kaur, Karan Pandit, Faisal Rashid , Adhir Bhat, Zachary Coffin, Hussain Dalal

    In Iraq, a wedding is not a wedding unless shots get fired. It`s like in England where a wedding is not a wedding unless someone pukes or tries to grope one of the bridesmaids. That's just the way it goes. Winner of the 17th Meyer Whitworth award and the 2008 George Devine award, Hassan Abdulrazzak, in his first play, not only covers an enormous amount of territory, he also reminds us of the infinite human contradictions within any nation. From cosmopolitan London to the chaos of war-ravaged Baghdad, this is the tale of three friends, who grapple with their cultural, political and sexual identities, torn between two worlds. And one wedding that goes horribly wrong.

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  6. Vagina Monologues (English)
    Date Seen: 11 March 2012
    Venue: The Comedy Store, Palladium Mall in High Street Phoenix, Mumbai, India
    Directed by: Mahabanoo Mody - Kotwal & Kaizaad Kotwal
    Written by: Eve Ensler
    Instance Cast: Avantika Akerkar, Dolly Thakore, Sonali Sachdeva

    This global phenomenon has become a brand name in India since its debut in 2003. This powerful play - an unusual blend of outrageous comedy and heart-breaking drama - tells the stories of women like you have never heard before. People keep coming back to see this play because each time the play and the performances reveal something new. From the Maharashtrian woman who met a man who "loved to look at her" to a Parsi woman who hasn't been "down there since 1944", this play promises to enlighten and entertain you like no other play out there right now. The piece de resistance of the evening is a medley of the Big “O.” It has been truly said of Eve Ensler's masterpiece, that after watching it, no man or woman will ever be the same again..

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  7. August : Osage County (English)
    Date Seen: 22 April 2012
    Venue:  Sophia Auditorium, Mumbai, India
    Directed by: Lillete Dubey
    Written by: Tracy Letts
    Instance Cast: Lillete Dubey, Sandhya Mridul, Suchitra Pillai, Ira Dubey, Meeta Vasisht, Kitu Gidwani, Auritra Ghosh, Denzil Smith, A.S. Talwar, Danny Sura, Maneesh Verma

    August – Osage County is a Pulitzer & Tony Award winning play. The play explores the universal themes of family, mother- daughter relationships and sibling and spouse conflicts and does so through stunning writing, deliciously crafted characters and a wild, pulsating energy that makes the play soar…It`s fiercely funny, extremely powerful, sometimes violent and just explosive throughout…

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  8. 9 Parts of Desire (English)
    Date Seen: 10 January 2014
    Venue:  Prithvi Theatre, Juhu, Mumbai, India
    Directed by: Lillete Dubey
    Written by: Heather Raffo
    Instance Cast: Ira Dubey

    An internationally acclaimed, off-Broadway one-woman hit that has received multiple awards around the world, 9 Parts of Desire details the lives of nine Iraqi women: a sexy painter, a radical communist, a doctor, an exile, wives, mothers and lovers. The play delves into the many conflicting aspects of what it means to be a woman in a country overshadowed by war.

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  1. ComicCon Express Mumbai 2011
    Date: 23 October 2011
    Venue: World Trade Center, Cuffe Parade, Mumbai, India
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  2. TEDxGateway 2011
    Date: 27 November 2011
    Venue: NCPA - JBT, Mumbai, India
    1. Anu Sridharan | Grass Roots Entrepreneur |
    2. Kranthi Kiran Vistakula | Innovator | CEO Dhama Innovations - ClimaCon |
    3. Mallika Dutt | Human Rights Activist | CEO of Breakthrough |
    4. Jo Johnson| Member of Parliament Orpington (UK Parliament constituency) |

    5. Julia Silverman | Innovator - Soccer Ball Generator | Uncharted Play, Inc. |
    6. Raghava KK | Artist |
    7. Prof. Ramesh Raskar | Innovator - MIT Media Lab | EyeNetra | |
    8. Illac Diaz | Grass Roots Entrepreneur | A Liter of Light |
    9. Dr. M R Madhavan | Reformer - co-founder PRS Legislative Research |

    10. Narayanan Krishnan | Protecting the powerless - Madurai |
    11. Ryan Lobo | Filmmaker and Photographer |
    12. Michael Pritchard | Inventor - LIFESAVER |
    13. Suneet Singh Tuli | Entrepreneur - $35 Tablet PC |

    14. Shankar Tucker | Musician |
    15. Stalin K. | Media and Human rights activist |
    16. Sofia Jannok | Voice of Sweden | Swedish Sami singer from Gällivare | 
    17. Vicky Roy | Photographer |
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