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Jagriti Productions 2017
This year Jagriti Productions (our resident performing company) has an exciting line up of shows in store. Beginning in May, we bring you one production a month. Each one runs for eleven shows and a special preview show on Thursday before each opening night.
Aug 25 - 27: Panchatantra Retold... Three Stories with a Twist (Ages: 5 years and above)
Directed by Rebecca Spurgeon, an ensemble cast bring to life our traditional tales from the Panchatantra.
Cast: Ameet Bhuvan, Bhavana Rajendran, Shlok Menon, Spatica Ramanujam.
This retelling of the Panchatantra is an exciting new exploration of the classic Panchatantra stories - the Blue Jackal, The Monkey and the Crocodile and The Monkey and the Wedge. Filled with shadow play, music, storytelling and physical theatre, this show will definitely excite you to revisit these stories if you have grown up reading them and is a great way to introduce children to the wonderful tales and characters of the Panchatantra.
Catch the show to find out how the Blue Jackal got blue, what happened to the mischievous monkey and whether the Crocodile managed to eat the Monkey's heart.
September 15 -24: Societal Woes by Sriram Iyer (Ages: 16 years and above)
Directed by Jagdish Raja
They are everywhere. Sprung up like mushrooms. Tall, squat, spacious, tiny. Worlds unto themselves. Apartment blocks, of course! Societal Woes is about people in an apartment block. You know them well. They will make you laugh, squirm, retch and want to run away! But you can't. Because when you reach home they will be there - in the garden, in the lift, in the kid's playground. They just won't go away!
October 13 - 15: Yayati by Girish Karnad (Ages: 15 years and above)
Directed by Arundhati Raja
Cast: Rohn Malhotra, Swati De, Vivek Vijayakumaran, Vandana Prabhu, Divya Jain and Urvashi Goverdhan.
Yayati is Girish Karnad’s first play that immediately established his ability to turn an epic story into an exciting dramatic experience. In this play, King Yayati’s story from the Mahabharata becomes a roller coaster ride of events, sparked off by one sexual encounter. Set against a background of lust, jealousy, and racial tension, six strong characters fight to assert their own rights.
November 10 - 12: Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire (Ages: 15 years and above)
Director: Vandana Prabhu
Becca and Howie have everything a couple could want, until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down and leaves them drifting perilously apart. RABBIT HOLE charts their bittersweet search for comfort in the darkest of places and for a path that will lead them back into the light of day. A play about mending a broken family which shifts perfectly from hilarity to grief without sentimentality ... entertaining and satisfying.
Winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize, David Lindsay-Abaire has crafted a drama that's not just a departure but a revelation—an emotional and insightful examination of grief, laced with wit, compassion and searing honesty.
November 18 & 19: Oleanna by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, David Mamet. (Ages: 16 years and above)
Directed by Jagdish Raja
Cast: Preetam Koilpillai & Rebecca Spurgeon.
Premiered in 1992, this two-character play is as relevant today as it was then. In a terrifyingly short time, a male college professor and his female student descend from a discussion of her grades into a modern reprise of the Inquisition. She accuses him of sexual exploitation. By doing so his future is in danger. But is he really guilty? Or is she a schemer? Rebecca and Preetam will have you yelling your opinion out loud as you leave!
November 25 - 27: Jagriti Kids Production (Ages: 7 years and above )
December 8- 17 : Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis (Ages: 16 years and above)
Dramatised and Directed by Rebecca Spurgeon
Production design by Eduardo da Conceiçao, Jagriti’s Artist-in-Residence (courtesy Goethe Institute, Bangalore).
Cast to be finalised
Gregor wakes up one morning to find he has turned into a giant insect. But how do he and his family cope with this development? Considered the seminal work of Franz Kafka, Metamorphosis is the story of Gregor’s journey through the unforgiving underbelly of human nature.