Café recommends: scenes of change
An advice columnist comes to the rescue of a troubled young woman in a new play that will be staged at the NCPA this weekend.art and culture Updated: Jul 01, 2013 19:09 IST
Almost all newspapers run their own agony aunt or advice columns, some of which gain much fan-fare and popularity over time. But what happens when you actually meet your advisor in person?
That’s exactly what we’ll discover in Litmus Productions’ new play Maureen, He And Me. Talking about the play, Troy Ribeiro, an ex-journalist and the writer and director of the play says, “Litmus symbolises change, and that’s what I try to bring out in each of my stories. Maureen, He And Me is about the personal change that this young lady named Antara undergoes. It makes her realise that all the circumstances created in her life are a direct result of her own decisions.”
The play encapsulates Antara’s journey through life — and how she meets a stranger on a train who she bonds with. The stranger, agony aunt Maureen, writes for a weekly publication. While Antara begins to believe that Maureen cares for everybody, she starts depending upon her at various stages in her life.
“But life hardly goes as planned, and through this story, we’re exploring atypical relationships such as Maureen and Antara’s and their outcomes,” says Ribeiro. The play was first performed at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival this year, and was well received by the audience.
“This will be the first commercial staging of the play in the city. We have had to wait for a while due to the unavailability of venues. Being new on the theatre scene in Mumbai comes with its own troubles, but I am confident that Maureen will do as well as our other productions,” says Ribeiro.