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દાખલા તરીકે (Dakhla Tarike)

Writer: Chintan Pandya
Director: Chintan Pandya
Language: Gujarati
Runtime: 1 hour 20 minutes (without intermission)

About the play:
Dakhala Tarike is the images, impressions and opinions of the youth today on the theatre in Gujarat at present. A young theatre artist (writer, actor, director) with considerable experience and having worked on national and international projects decides to settle in his home town Ahmedabad to then devote his golden years to the Gujarati theatre scene. His exploration of the current commercial practice and what the audience is accustomed to leads him to start his own workshop. Full of passion, frustration and on continual debate with himself, he discovers the habits and exposure of the youth and tries to break their fantasy of becoming a star in an overnight's time through theatre only to encounter later some problems with his actors, writer and producer who are used to practising conventional slapsticks.

Performances so far:
11 June 2012 - Gujarati Sahitya Parishad
11 July 2012 - Gandhinagar Town Hall
29 July 2012 - Rangmandal
19 October 2012 - Natarani

લેડી લલકુંવર (Lady Lalkunwar)

Writer: Sitanshu Yashaschandra
Director: Nisarg Trivedi
Language: Gujarati
Runtime: 1 hour 45 minutes (without intermission)

Lady Lalkunwar is a Gujarati adaptation of the Italian play Filumena Marturano written by Eduardo de Filippo. The play in Gujarati is adapted by the well known playwright Dr. Sitanshu Yashaschandra.
The play is about a strong yet sensitive woman who has been the kept of a wealthy widower, Sir Amarshi Narottam, for more than 20 years. For Amarshi she does not mean anything more than a kept and has relations with numerous other women but for Lalkuwar he is the only man in her life whom she loves with devotion. Being aware of her status in the society and in the life of Amarshi she does not expect much out of the relationship. Her only concern is the future of her three sons of whom Amarshi is unaware. So when she comes to know about his proximity with another young woman and his intentions to marry her, she tricks him into getting married to her so that her three sons, one born out of her relation with Amarshi and other two adopted, get a family. Amarshi who is very upset with this marriage tries his best to get rid of her and find out who out of the three is his son. But, ultimately, on discovering her true love and truthfulness, he ends up accepting her as his wife.

The Imaginary Invalid (Le Malade Imaginaire)

Writer: Molière
Translator: Charles Heron Wall
Director: Chintan Pandya
Language: English
Runtime: 1 hour 30 minutes (without intermission)

The Imaginary Invalid by Molière is a play about a wealthy man, Argan, who believes that he is ill and is suffering from all the possible illnesses in the world. He is so impressed and influenced by his physician Mr. Purgon that he decides to marry his daughter Angélique to his nephew, Thomas Diafoirus who is not only  a son of a physician but also on his way to becoming one himself. Argan thinks that by doing so he will be able to access the services of all the three doctors as and when desired.  But Angélique who is in love with Cléante refuses to marry Thomas and asks her maid Toinette to help her. Toinette, being a well wisher of Angelique, tries to convince Argan against the marriage but when it does not work, with the help of Argan’s brother Béralde, she creates a plot as to disgust Argan with the doctors and their ways of treating patients and to reveal to him the true character of his second wife who is only after his money.

અંતરાલ (The Maids, originally French - Les Bonnes)

Writer: Jean Genet
Translator: Hasmukh Baradi
Director: Chintan Pandya
Language: Gujarati
Runtime: 1 hour 30 minutes (without intermission)

Antaraal by Jean Genet caused a scandal when it opened in Paris in 1947 for its stark portrayal of seething working class discontent. This dark and brooding play depicts two sisters, servants in an upper-class Parisian home, who nightly engage in a secret ceremony of revenge while their mistress is away. The story follows the sisters as they weave through past and present, fiction and fantasy, truth and lies, and finally, detection and escape. For Solange and Claire, the ritual becomes reality as they face the ultimate challenge of despair, jealousy, hatred, and sisterly love.

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