Members of the Asmita Theatre group will soon be coming up with Ramkali, a Hindi adaptation of German theatre practitioner Bertolt Brecht’s play, The Good Person Of Szechwan. “The story line remains the same, but we have added some contemporary topics in the script. It’s our take on corruption,” says Shilpi Marwah, who will be playing the lead role of Ramkali.
Marwah will be playing the character of a 20 something girl, who ends up doing a lot of wrong things in life, which she never wanted to do. “I can relate very well to the character. It is one situation in life that many people can relate to,” she says.
The play tries to raise core issues that people face nowadays. “It talks about the issues of greed versus common good, of right versus wrong, and of the pressures society puts on people that drive them to commit wrongdoings,” says Amitabh Srivastava, the director of the play.
“Brecht used theatre to raise issues. Like Arvind Gaur and Mallika Sarabhai, Brecht also believed in entertaining people with theatrics and songs to keep them engaged but watchful, planting seeds of doubt to shake complacency,” he adds.
Who was Bertolt Brecht?
He was a 20th century German poet, playwright and theatre director. He has made significant contributions to theatrical productions, particularly through the Berliner Ensemble — the post war theatre company operated by Brecht and his wife Helene Weigel. His first play was called Baal and was written in 1922. His play, The Good Person Of Szechwan, was written in 1938 and revolves around a young prostitute Shen Te. The play was first performed in 1943 in Switzerland. His popular works include Drums In The Night and In the Jungle Of The Cities among others.