Kalki Koechlin, Deepti Naval, Shekhar Suman join the Old World Theatre Festival bandwagon

The Old World Theatre Festival holds a special place in the hearts of all theatre enthusiasts in the country and celebrates the confluence of the best of plays from across the nation. – Mini Dixit. IndiaToday.in


October 10, 2015 marks the beginning of the fourteenth edition of the prestigious Old World Theatre Festival. The Old World Theatre Festival holds a special place in the hearts of all theatre enthusiasts in the country and celebrates the confluence of the best of plays.

Like every year, this year’s edition too is a mixed bag of genres that depict emotions, thoughts and conflicts. From actress Kalki Koechlin’s directorial debut, The Living Room, that speaks of death and life, to Shekhar Suman’s Ek Mulaqat, a love-story, the Old World Theatre Festival promises something for everyone.

The festival will be held from October 10, 2015 to October 18, 2015 at two venues, The Stein Auditorium, Habitat World, India Habitat Centre and Epicentre, Gurgaon. It will be advisable to book your tickets in advance as the seats are filling fast. But which play to book your seats for? Take a look at the list, and decide for yourself.

The Living Room

The directorial debut of  Kalki Koechlin, stars Neil Bhoopalam, Sheeba Chadha, Jim Sarbh, Tariq Vasudeva as the main leads. The play touches the themes of time, death and life and how everything becomes a chaos when all three have an enouncter in the living room of Ana Nil.

One On One – Part II
English/Hindi/100 mins

After their experiment of juxtaposing monologues, One on One became a massive success, the makers of the play, are back with a sequel that stars Rajit Kapur, Anu Menon etc. Revolving around topics like – the music industry, the bureaucracy, marriage, the futility of war, immigration, real estate scams and Bollywood – the play promises guarantees laughter with an underlying social commentary.

Ek Mulaqat

Hindi/ Urdu / 70 mins

Directed by Saif Hyder Hasan, Ek Mulaqat traces the love story of literary geniuses Sahir Ludhianvi and Amrita Pritam. Starring Shekhar Suman and Deepti Naval as its main leads, the play is woven with the magical threads of poetry, New Delhi winter evenings and music.

Oh, My Sweet Land
English/70 mins

Directed and written by Amir Nizar Zuabi, the play stars Corinne Jaber as its main lead. Oh, My Sweet Land tries to bring forth the grave issue of the Syria conflict through a rather rivetting storyline.

It’s Not Waht You Tihnk!
Written and directed by Deepal Doshi, It’s Not Waht You Tihnk! promises physical humour that will make you laugh till it hurts. The play stars Deepal Doshi, Kathryn Doshi and Yuki Ellias who together bring 12 characters to life.

The God of Carnage
English/80 mins

Directed by Nadir Khan and written by Yasmina Reza, The God of Carnage is a story of two sets of parents, one of whose child has hurt the other at a public park. The parents meet over tea to discuss the behaviour of their respective kids and to ridicule each other, but as the evening nears the end the events and circumstances become chaotic. The play stars Anuradha Menon, Shernaz Patel, SohrabArdeshi and Zafar Karachiwala in the main leads.

English/ 90mins

Starring Noor Baig, Rashmi Seth, Mohammad Ali Baig and Madhu Swaminath, Spaces has been directed by Mohammad Ali Baig. The play is set against the backdrop of an old haveli and revolves around the confict between modernity and history.

Apart from staging plays across different genres, the Old World Theatre Festival 2015 is also organising a theatre workshop and a photo exhibition for all enthusiasts.

For show timings and tickets, you can visit the official website of the festival.

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