The Lecture or Persona non grata

    The Lecture or Persona non grata         A short play by Amit Sharma [email protected] 2011                      CAST   KRISHNA KUMAR GUPTA         MANAGER, FATHER OF ASHWIN, 45 YRS ASHWIN GUPTA            SON, 22 YRS   RITA GUPTA                HOUSEWIFE, 42 YRS       SETTING    ROOM WITH SOFA, CHAIR, TABLE WITH SOME BOOKS, LIGHTS ON   TIME                    EVENING, 7:30 PM         [ASHWIN enters FROM STAGE LEFT, BAG IN HAND. keeps IT on one side, sits on the sofa, head lowered, on the right edge. RITA STROLLS IN from right WITH PAPER IN HAND. STAnds near the sofa.]   RITA:        (Looking at the paper) She is beautiful. Your mama has sent this. Ashu take a look. (Hands over the paper to Ashwin)   ASHU:        (Takes the bio data. Reads aloud slowly) I am a modern girl… with traditional values… (Flips the pages and keeps it aside, then looks ahead.)   RITA:        If you know any girl, tell us.   [KK GUPTA ENTERS THE ROOM, DRESSED IN PLAIN SHIRT AND TROUSERS]   ASHU:        (In subdued voice) I am leaving. I don’t want to live here.   RITA:        (Shocked) Kaisi baat kar raha hai? (Looking at KK) Did you hear?   KK:        (Taking off his shoes, breathing heavily) Let him go....
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Play review – Park

Fighting over seats and places is a common cultural show on display in India in trains, buses and theatres alike. Add to it another dimension – the bench or the seat is no longer just a bench, but represents the place one has lived, the town or country where one was born – and the story becomes a witty allegory and a satire on the present state of the world embroiled in land disputes at various places. Produced by aRanya, ‘Park’ takes us to, well, a park, where three long benches are the centre of dispute among three men, a government clerk, a school teacher and a young man, hell bent on acquiring their favourite seat. Each one must demonstrate through arguments a stronger claim over a particular seat than the other two. The ensuing intense verbal repartee and logical disputation takes them to all corners of the world where space or land is under dispute, only to justify their claims....
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Chillum Chilli on the Beach

A play by Amit Sharma [email protected] 2011 Cast RANJAN    A middle-aged web designer JIVA        Pot smoker, 45+ yrs KASHI        Tea seller, 25-30 yrs Setting A corner bench on a beach. Time Afternoon Chillum Chilli on the Beach A secluded bench on the beach. Afternoon, 3 pm. A few strollers around under the hot sun. RANJAN walks with heavy steps towards the bench and slumps down. He lowers his head, chin touching his chest. Slowly, he lifts his face up, grimaces, and tries to look far away into the sea with a fixed gaze. RANJAN [MUTTERS TO HIMSELF]: What did she mean, “A real couch potato could at least be cooked; you are of utter no use.”? I can’t become a laundry man, can I? JIVA, WEARING A ROUND STRAW HAT, WITH LONG FLOWING HAIR UNDERNEATH, WALKS IN AND SETTLES DOWN ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BENCH. JIVA [long sigh]:    Phew! Old man, what are you gonna do now! What are you gonna do! JIVA NOTICES RANJAN AND EMITS A LOUD CRY. JIVA:            Hey! Uncle Chipps! Buddy, Wassup! RANJAN LOOKS TOWARD JIVA, SCANS HIS CLOHTES...
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Taj Mahal ka Tender

IPTA’s ‘Tajmahal Ka Tender’ takes us back to the times of the making of an iconic building that is considered the pinnacle of both architecture, beauty and a man’s love for his wife. As the name would suggest, the satirical twist to the tale is – the story is taking place in our own times, and is caught in the quagmire of a corrupt bureaucracy, ministry and public officials. The play centres around the CEO of a corporation floated to build the Taj Mahal, which must build its own office building first. The stage is set with a small dilapidated table of the bureaucrat, and the king’s court takes place in front of cut outs of a Mughal palatial façade, plain sets lacking the shine and luster expected of a rich times. The king himself, dressed in opulent regal clothes, visits his Dewan-e-Khas in a makeshift throne of a wheelchair, and the play is replete with modern paraphernalia such as mobile...
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