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Trip to Central America

New play adapted from a book on civil unrest in the region set to hit the stage

art and culture Updated: Aug 31, 2013 18:59 IST
Soumya Vajpayee
Soumya Vajpayee
Hindustan Times

For book lovers, an upcoming play by QTP may be of interest. A theatrical version of A Peasant Of El Salvador, directed by Quasar Thakore Padamsee is premiering on September 1. The riveting, funny story is set against the backdrop of a civil unrest in Central America in the late 1970s.

“I read the book a few years ago and the story appealed to me. After my play So Many Socks, I was looking for a text that I could stage. I was also interested in the subject of food security and how it affects us,” says Padamsee, adding, “I chanced upon this book on my shelf and thought of directing this show.”

Padamsee has taken about five months to craft and execute the play. It features popular theatre actors like Pramod Pathak, Meher Acharia and Suhaas Ahuja. Ask the director if the content would be too serious for the audience and he says, “It’s not aimed at being a commercial success. The purpose of this kind of theatre is to tell stories that we think need to be told. Just because the subject is serious, it doesn’t mean the treatment is the same. It’s a journey to a time and land that we aren’t familiar with in India. It’s a 90-minute trip to Central America.”

First Published: Aug 31, 2013 14:07 IST