Some of India’s best known names in theatre perform in Delhi this Monday. Mahesh Dattani (India’s first playwright in English to be awarded a Sahitya Akademi award) and Lillete Dubey (playwright and film actor) show their latest production — Brief Candle — in Delhi on October 26. It’s a ‘dark comedy about love, life and death’ based on the inmates of Jeevan Jyoti hospital. The inmates are rehearsing a play — written by another patient who died of an AIDS-related illness — for the hospital’s founder’s day. In due course, as with most creative work, the experience acquires a self-exploratory dimension and the inmates start identifying themselves with the characters they are portraying.
The play is being put up in support of CanSupport, a not-for-profit society in Delhi that provides care to people with advanced cancers. This production is an endeavour to raise funds for cancer patients and their families.
Written by Dattani and directed by Dubey, the cast includes Amar Talwar, Suchitra Pillai, Joy Sengupta, Zafar Karachiwala, Manasi Parekh, Sarchit Puranik.