The lockdown has affected us in different ways – introspective, illuminating, irritating, igniting, isolating. Needless to say, we’ll never be the same again. So, why not combine theatre with technology and capture our lives during the lockdown. EnActe Arts attempts to do just that by bringing together India’s finest actors, most talented playwrights, and some of our best-known directors.
They, through their diverse stories, give us a tongue-in-cheek perspective on how 150 days of solitude shaped their lives. The eight monologues in Hindi and English vary from the hilarious to the heartwarming, from eureka moments to experiential thoughts. From conversations to unseen companions to stream of consciousness bursts of solo thought.
Enjoy the ride and stay for the talkbacks!
THE MONOLOGUES (All times PST)
- Fri Jan 8 – 5:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m.
Sat Jan 9 – 5:30 p.m.
Sun Jan 10 – 5:30 p..m
- For Age: 16+
- Language: English & Hindi
- Duration: 90 min (with interval)
Written by Purva Naresh; directed by Rajit Kapur; performed by Seema Biswas
A concerned mother tries to reach out to her daughter in a big city.
BRAND NEW WORLD (English)
Written by Adhir Bhat; directed by Q; performed by Veronica Gautam
A hospital intern tries to explain the meaning of lockdown to a patient just out of a coma.
CHAMGAADAD KA INTEQAAM (Hindi)
Written & performed by Raghav Dutt; directed by Sukant Goel
As Lockdown 1.0 begins, forced to stay back in the madarsa, a young, wayward boy finds his own way to battle both, the pandemic and his fear.
HAAN NANDUBHAI (English)
Written by Rahul da Cunha; directed by Gurleen Judge; performed by Aahana Kumra
A young actress, trapped inside her Goregaon flat feels the effects of the lockdown, her lack of starring roles and pangs of loneliness.
HAWALDAR HAWA SINGH HAAZIR HAI! (Hindi)
Written by Ashok Mishra; directed by Rajit Kapur; performed by Gagan Dev Riar
An exasperated Hawaldar tries hard to convince people to stay at home.
I’M LOBO LOBO, MEN (English)
Written by Rahul da Cunha, directed by Nadir Khan, performed by Joy Fernandes
A satellite cable repair guy visits the home of a very fussy, CoVid- paranoid couple during lockdown, with hilarious consequences.
MIDDLE CLASS (Hindi)
Written & performed by Hussain Dalal; directed by Akarsh Khurana
A Corona warrior shares his experience as a compounder in a quarantine center and the friendships he made there that changed his life.
Written by Abhishek Majumdar; directed by Anand Tiwari; performed by Rajit Kapur
An upper middle-class man visits the slum in his area to borrow alcohol from his friend. The piece deals with the relative value of hunger, thirst, and poetry.
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