With the theatre circuit brimming with full-length plays, it is a respite when one comes across initiatives which choose not to go by the book. Following the concept of one act plays, At Rise Productions, a city theatre company formed in the year 2008, is set to open its production, Hors d’oeuvres. An amalgam of two one act plays, the event is themed ‘bi-polar’ this year.
“One of the plays being featured is a funny adaptation of the famous Broadway show called The Foreigner by Larry Shue, and the second play is called For Heaven’s Sake, a horror script penned by me,” says 25-year-old Archit Kumar, one of the creative directors on the team.“Keeping in tandem with the theme of the show, the first play will exhibit ecstatic movement while the second act will take the mood of the audience from a happy place to a sad place,” Archit adds.Juggling between the realms of funny and dark, the plays will be seen employing lots of technology in terms of sound and lights, along with emotions, choreography, poetry and music. Ask Archit whether the team is open to involving other theatre groups in the future, as part of their initiative to promote one act plays, and he says, "Yes, we are. We want to build it up to be a festival so that others can be associated with and contribute to something like this."
Catch it live
What: Hors d’ oeuvres
Where: Indian Council For Cultural Relations (ICCR), Azad Bhawan Auditorium
When: April 20
Timings: 8 pm onwards
Nearest Metro station:
Indraprastha on the Blue Line
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Moteram Ka Satyagrah and Ramkali
Moteram Ka Satyagrah, penned by Premchand, is a comic-satire with all the elements of a musical. It is about an uproar in the town of Benaras as it prepares to receive a Viceroy. Ramkali, on the other hand, is an adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s play, The Good Person of Szechwan. Both screenings will take place at Shri Ram Centre, Safdar Hashmi Marg, 7pm, on April 20 and 21 respectively.