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JAGRITI PRODUCTIONS 2018

METAMORPHOSIS BY FRANZ KAFKA
JANUARY 12-21 at Jagriti
RE-RUNS: APRIL 28-19 at Rangashankara

Dramatized and directed by Rebecca Spurgeon
Featuring: Swetanshu Bora, Denny Paul, Arathy AR, Pooja Sabarinath and Akhil Jamkhandi
In association with Goethe-Institut - Max Mueller Bhavan
Supported by Attakkalari - Centre for Movement Arts
Production design: Eduardo da Conceiçao, Jagriti Artist-in-Residence (courtesy Goethe-Institut, Bangalore) 

Gregor Samsa wakes up one morning to find that 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. 

YAYATI BY GIRISH KARNAD
FEBRUARY 18 at Rangashankara
FEBRUARY 23 at Vinod Doshi Theatre Festival, Pune
MARCH 16 at Rani Seethai Hall, Chennai

Directed by Arundhati Raja
Featuring: Rohn Malhotra, Swati De, Vivek Vijayakumaran, Vandana Prabhu, Divya Jain, Urvashi Goverdhan and Jagdish Raja

Yayati, Girish Karnad’s first play – was written in 1960, when he was 23 years old - and immediately established his ability to turn an epic mythological story into an exciting dramatic experience. King Yayati’s story from the Mahabharata becomes a roller coaster ride of events, sparked off by one sexual encounter. When it was written, strong women characters were not acceptable in traditional Indian theatre and this play has four of them. Four strong women who assert their rights alongside a son who wishes to rebel against the path set out for him and a father willing to sacrifice his son’s youth in his quest for immortality. Set against a background of lust, jealousy and social prejudice, six strong characters fight to assert their own rights.  

ALIPHA BY POILE SENGUPTA
APRIL 13-22

Directed by Arundhati Raja 
Featuring: Anirudh Acharya and Kavya Srinivasan

Aliph, the first letter of the Urdu alphabet and reminiscent of the word alphabet itself, inspired the title of this play. Alipha tells the parallel stories of a social activist and of a politician in small town India. Both characters remain nameless throughout the play. The two narratives are like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle that are put together by the audience as the play progresses. Issues of gender and social inequality form the backdrop to human emotions - love, lust, greed, anger, hate and revenge.   

Introducing - ‘GIMME A KEY’  
MAY 4-6
Contemporary Music Festival  

PANCHATANTRA RETOLD - THREE STORIES WITH A TWIST
MAY 25-27

Devised and directed by Rebecca Spurgeon
Featuring: Ameet Bhuvan, Bhavana Rajendran, Shlok Menon and Rebecca Spurgeon
Instrumentals (Design & Performance): Swetanshu Bora

The 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. 

SOCIETAL WOES BY SRIRAM IYER
JUNE 16-17 at Rangashankara
Directed by Jagdish Raja 
Featuring: Vijay Sharma, David Selvaraj, Sagaram Dhananjai, K. Kalyanaraman, Arundhati Raja, Anirudh Acharya, Shlok Menon, Paramita Gupta, Roomi Daroowala, Hemanth Narayan, Karn Malhotra and Jaya Kalyanaraman

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!   

SEPTEMBER 28-30
SWARTAAL
The second year of Jagriti’s Festival of Classical Indian Music and Dance. 

NOVEMBER
Introducing: Festival of New Theatre Performance