While Delhi University is in the grip of the fest season, members of St Stephen’s College’s dramatics society are humming a different tune. Set to stage two productions over a period of two days at their college auditorium, the Shakespeare Society is out to ensure their plays give the audience something to take home and mull over.
Their first play, called Chandni Chowk, a mid-term production, is an adaptation of two scripts — An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen and the 1974 film, Chinatown, which was directed by Roman Polanski. A thriller set in Delhi, the play is about corruption in the Public Distribution System (PDS), which forms the root of the crime being investigated.
“We took the characters from the play and the film; they overlapped and it looks like a good mix. We adapted the play in the Indian context and it fits so well,” says 20-year-old Economics student Yang Zimik, one of the three directors of the play.
Apart from Chandni Chowk, Shake Soc, as the society is popularly called, is also putting up an independent production called Towards Infinity, which is being directed by 19-year-old Anushrut Ramakrishnan Agrwaal. “It is based on the Indian philosophical school of Vedanta and is inspired by Jean Paul Satre’s play called No Exit. Satre’s philosophy of existentialism and the Vedanta school of thought are interconnected. But I have changed the setting of the original from hell to heaven,” says Agrwaal, adding that the play raises questions about the idea of liberation.
Catch it live
What: Two Plays: Chandni Chowk and Towards Infinity
When: February 11 and 12
Time: 5pm onwards
Where: St Stephen’s College auditorium
Entry: Open to all
Nearest Metro Station: Vishwa Vidyalaya on the Yellow Line