One actor playing 10 different characters in 70 minutes, reciting a chaotic state of love. Surprising, isn't it? A Tale Of Two Treaties is a rare feat to play. The play's director Kathryn Doshi says that Deepal Doshi - the only actor in the play who is also her husband - had to focus on his voice modulation to play the 10 characters.
"For each character, the masks change and so does his voice and posture, and he is a completely different person altogether. But there is no confusion at all, and that's the best part," Kathryn says.
Presented by Behroopiya Entertainers, the play depicts misunderstandings, romance and the single-mindedness of the characters that lead to a chaotic comedy.
Pantalone's lust for money and Dottore's desire for vengeance is threatening the love between their two children. With their nutty servants Pulcinella and Arlecchino, Pantalone's sex-starved wife Señora, and an outrageous Capitano, no havoc-wreaking stone is left unturned. Bonds are broken, hearts are torn apart and anarchy rules the day in this hysterical physical comedy.
"Although money and pride lead to conflicts in the play, it is love that causes chaos," Kathryn says.
Inspired from Commedia Dell'Arte, an Italian form of masked theatre, the production has an Indian touch to it. "Playing 10 characters is challenging and requires a lot of hard work. And that's what makes me work for it. It is also what makes it more attractive to the audience," says Deepal.
Catch it live
What: A Tale Of Two Treaties
Where: Alliance Francaise, Lodhi Road
When: April 19
Timings: 6 pm
Nearest metro station: Jor Bagh on the Yellow Line