Prithvi Fringe Festival
Curated by: Prithvi Theatre
Theatre

The #PrithviFestival 2018 powered by Bank of Baroda is a celebration of its 40 year legacy, and showcasing performances across genres by the country's leading theatre artists.

 

 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 09, 18:30

 

FOOTPATH BY PLAYTRIX

 

Ramsharan is a 55-yr old Bihari, who has lost his job as a watchman of a housing society, and has been evicted from the small kholi he rented. He is sitting, desolate, on a footpath on the road when he is joined there by Akhilesh, a 25-yr old Rajasthani youth who has lost his job as an auto-driver. They start talking, and as their conversation spans history, politics and morality, day gives way to night and they are joined by Goldie, a young prostitute, who has her own take on life. A funny, irreverent look at contemporary times.

 

LANGUAGE: Hindi

 

DURATION: 75 minutes [no interval]

 

AGE LIMIT: 14+

 

CAST: Tarun Shukla, Piyush Chitransh & Rupali Rahul

 

WRITTEN BY:  Shiv Subrahmanyam

 

DIRECTED BY: Divya Jagdale

 

 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 09, 21:00

 

RHINOCEROS [YE GAINDA KAHAN SE AA GAYA] BY PLAY ON

 

Rhinoceros is an iconic satire written by Eugene Ionesco, one of the masters of the Theatre of the Absurd. The play is set in a sleepy small town where, after an unfathomable appearance of a rhinoceros raging through its streets, the unassuming townspeople begin to metamorphose one by one into this savage beast.

 

Two men - Berenger, a shy, dishevelled drunkard who is almost giving up on life and Jean an eloquent man of culture, are having a heated discussion about Berenger’s alcoholism. Berenger is criticized for his tardiness and insufficient will power. Jean insists on Berenger taking control of his life and his drinking when suddenly a rhinoceros is spotted trampling across town. This causes a stir among the townspeople -all except Berenger who seems rather indifferent. Before they know it another Rhinoceros rockets across. At first everyone is appalled by this. However one by one each succumbs to the appeal of joining this herd of rhinoceroses until only Berenger is left to be the last human in his town, scouting his identity. 

 

The play speaks of conformity, culture, mob mentality, logic, philosophy, morality and explores the notion of those who easily succumb to the influence of totalitarianism. In the end, Berenger is seen fighting for what one believes is right. He questions individuality and how its qualities make a human being volatile. 

 

LANGUAGE: English & Hindi

 

DURATION: 75 minutes [no interval]

 

AGE LIMIT: 12+

 

CAST: Mallika Singh, Himanshu Talreja, Vivan Parashar, Sachin Rohila, Nitin Gupta, Ragini Sharma, Vedika Sai, Kunal Mavani & Umar Sharif

 

WRITTEN BY:  Eugene Ionesco

 

DIRECTED BY: Gagan Dev Riar

 

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 17:00

 

THE SUN SET IN THE EAST BY RANGSHILA THEATRE GROUP

 

Theatre in India first grew its roots in Bengal around 1860s. Elements of music were core to the theatrical productions and these included the popular folk music form of the time - Jatra.

The play delves into how music was used during this time in theatre and its influence on the introduction of music & its diverse forms used in cinema. Hiralal Sen was the pivotal element in history who helped shape the convergence of theatre & cinema. 

 

The play highlights the essence of music in theatre since 1880s and its effect on our country's fledgling cinema in the early 1900s.

 

LANGUAGE: Hindi & English

 

DURATION: 60 minutes [no interval]

 

AGE LIMIT: 10+

 

CAST: Shridhar Nagraj, Shashi Bhushan Chaturvedi, Geet Sagar, Ananya Purkayashta, Sukanya Purkayashta, Anadi Nagar, Pankaj Dixit, Abhay, Akshay Sharma, Aashima Mahajan, Suyash Joshi, Mridul Ghosh & others

 

WRITTEN BY: Ather Jaffery & Avneesh Mishra

 

DIRECTED BY: Avneesh Mishra

 

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 20:30

 

SAAT TERI EKVEES BY MANHAR GADHIA PRODUCTIONS

 

Monologues exploring women's desire.  While some stories may evoke heart-warming smiles, others may evoke a soul-searching silence, but all will make one sit up and notice a woman's soul with a new perspective.

 

LANGUAGE: Gujarati

 

DURATION: 75 minutes [no interval]

 

AGE LIMIT: 12+

 

CAST: Ami Trivedi, Bhamini Oza Gandhi, Namrata Pathak & Chitralekha Rathod

 

WRITTEN BY: Abhinay Banker, Ketan Mistry, Sanjay Chhel & Raam Mori

 

DIRECTED BY: Pratik Gandhi


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