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A new play in town takes the concept of a game night and turns it on its head as secrets, revelations and betrayal take over.art and culture Updated: Apr 25, 2013 00:43 IST
What happens when, on a night out with friends, inconvenient truths start tumbling out of the closet? Will the friendships remain or will rivalries and hatred take over? This is the central theme that runs through an upcoming play in the city, titled, Game Night. Loosely based on the classic play, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf?, the play essentially revolves around a dysfunctional married couple who invites a bunch of friends over to their house for a game night.
The games played include Charade, Pictionary and Taboo. But, what starts out as an innocent night of fun and revelry, soon takes a dramatic turn after each of the friends ends up revealing their secrets. "Though it was supposed to be a friendly competition, through these games played out over the night, these friends end up confessing all the hidden secrets about themselves," says Zorion Cross, writer, director and producer of the play.
Besides an intriguing plot, the play also has an interesting lineup of young actors. "My production company aspires to promote new talent. While some actors are new, others have 1-2 years of experience. This is a big platform for all of them," says Zorion.
With a play so conversational, dialogues and characterisation hold the key to the plot. Talking about the characters in the play, Zorion says, “Yes, we have an interesting bunch, the married couple Emma and Ethan are bitter, while Brandon wants to become a movie star, but keeps getting rejected; Bianca is the ultimate party girl while Karen is a recent divorcee whose ex-husband Kenneth recently told her he’s gay.” Aishwarya Jha, who plays Emma in the play, says, “There’s a lot of new theatre in the city. But what sets this play apart is that it’s crisp and contemporary, very different.”
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What: Game Night by Zorian Cross Productions
When: April 27 and 28
Timing: 6.30pm and 8pm
Where: Akshara Theatre, 11-12-B, Baba Kharak Singh Marg
Nearest metro station: Rajeev Chowk on the Yellow Line