What if God was one of us, just a slob like one of us, just a stranger on a bus, trying to make his way home…” crooned singer Joan Osborne in one of her famous hits, asking a question that has stood the test of time — What would we do if we were to come face-to-face with God? Will He warm up to us? Will He own up to the things that go wrong in our lives that we can’t control?
Romancing the same premise is a When God Said Cheers (originally by Jeffrey Scott) adapted by writer and filmmaker Anurag Kashyap that opens in the city today. Called When God Said Cheers, the play is directed by theatre artist Cyrus Dastur (who also stars in it) and revolves around an ordinary man’s encounter with God, played by actor Tom Alter. “A man meets God in a pub and gets talking to him about all of life’s problems. My character represents every human being, as someone who keeps blaming God for everything without realising that most of those issues are manmade,” says Cyrus.
Having performed in more than eight Indian cities over the last ten years, this play never ceases to intrigue the audience. “It is a very well written play which raises uncommon and deep questions about man, God and the universe,” says Tom. “It is a play that has evolved over the years depending on the current situation of the country. It can go on for 100 years and still won’t look dated,” Cyrus adds.
Catch it live
What: When God Said Cheers
When: July 12 to 14
Timing: 6pm and 8pm
Where: Hotel Golden Tulip, 242-245, Asola, Fatehpur Beri, Chattarpur temple road
Nearest Mtero Station: Chattarpur on the Yellow Line