THEATRE THIS MONTH
18th Feb, 7:00pm
NTLive Broadcast of No Man+s Land
National Theatre's ground-breaking project to broadcast the best of British theatre from the London stage to cinemas across the UK and around the world. Wri. Harold Pinter Dir. Sean Mathias Cast. Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart. One summer's evening, two ageing writers, Hirst and Spooner, meet in a Hampstead pub and continue their drinking into the night at Hirst's stately house nearby. The lively conversation soon turns into a revealing power game, further complicated by the return home of two sinister younger men. Tickets at Rs.500, Rs.350, Rs.250 available on Book My Show and at the Programmes Desk, Habitat World, IHC. An Old World Culture Presentation

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19th Feb, 4:00pm & 7:30pm
Peecha Karti Parchhaiyan
(Hindi/145mins with 10mins interval)
Venue - The Stein Auditorium
Adaptation & Dialogue by Ila Arun, Dir. K.K Raina

An adaptation of Henrik Ibsen+s play "Ghosts", the action takes place in Cooch-Behar, home to Rajput families from Nepal and Rajasthan, many of them still living on their past feudal glories, clinging on to sterile lifestyles. The play deals with the suppression of women voices by traditional societies peopled by the ghosts of their parampara. Tickets at Rs.500, Rs.350, Rs.250 available on Book My Show and at the Programmes Desk, Habitat World, IHC. An Old World Culture Presentation

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26th Feb, 4:00pm
There Stands Another
(Hindi/50mins)
Venue - The Stein Auditorium
Atelier ACT Festival Season 10 - Campus Theatre Festival Curated by Kuljeet Singh

For each one of us, there stands another, who makes us feel complete, and Ishaan found this person within himself. A play by Ibtida, Hindu College.
Tickets at Rs.350, Rs.250 and Rs.150 available at the Programmes Desk, Habitat World, IHC.
An Old World Culture Presentation.

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26th Feb, 7:00pm
Learning to Drive
(English/60mins)
Venue - The Stein Auditorium
Atelier ACT Festival Season 10 - Campus Theatre Festival Curated by Kuljeet Singh

Using the metaphor of driving and the issues of pedophilia, incest, and misogyny, the play explores the ideas of control and manipulation.
A play by Verbum, Sri Venkateswara College.
Tickets at Rs.350, Rs.250 and Rs.150 available at the Programmes Desk, Habitat World, IHC.
An Old World Culture Presentation.

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Feb 24 - March 5, 2017 |
The Amphitheatre, India Habitat Centre
Old World Collegiate Theatre Festival
Tickets will be available online and at the Programmes Desk.
Theatre Advisor: Keval Arora
Theatre commentator and critic Keval Arora is Associate Professor at the Department of English, Kirori Mal College, Delhi University

Theatre Mentor: Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub
Actor Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub is an acclaimed actor.
A graduate of the National School of Drama, his versatile performances have received glowing reviews both in theatre and films
An Old World Culture Presentation
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Feb 24 & Feb 26|7:00pm
The Play That Goes Wrong
Old World Collegiate Theatre Festival
(Hindi/50mins)
Amphitheatre, IHC
by Drama Nomics - College of Vocational Studies
Cast:
Inspector Khurana: Madhav Maheshwari
Jai Mehta: Raghav Kharbanda
Subhash Bhaiya: Abhas Sharma
Sunny Juneja : Sanket Aggarwal
Sanya Kapur : Kriti Kapur
Raman Kharbanda : Ankit Mathur
Annie : Anjali Sharma
Sanjay Damali : Ankit Mathur

Backstage & Production: Divyaratan Gulati, Hannu Oberoi (Sets), Aashish Luthra (Sound), Divyanka Arora (Lights), Shivansh Manaktala, Sanchit Ahuja (Production)

BDSM (Bobby Dayal and Sonu Munjal) Drama Co. showcases their “professional“ production after their last year’s fiasco. Given their weird ensemble of cast, hilarity ensues as the actors try to save their annual production, Kissa Katal Ka, before it ends on the most embarrassing note. This play is the epitome of ‘comedy of errors’ adapted from the work of Henry Lewis. Entertaining turn of events infused by the comically-timed mistakes of the characters within the play within makes it a delightful watch!

Feb 24 & Feb 26|8:00pm
Open Cast
Old World Collegiate Theatre Festival
(Hindi/65mins)
Amphitheatre, IHC
by Astitva - Dyal Singh College
Director: Naveen Chand Sharma
Playwright: Sandeep Shikhar
Cast:
Purush: Sourav Bhati
Purush 1: Sukhdev Singh Narang
Uchch Vargiya aurat: Nisha Patwal
Pandit: Swagat Nanda
Sipahi, Sipahi 1: Rohan Tongaria
Aurat: Jyoti Rana
Aadmi: Sumit Rawat
Junior Engineer: Vibhor Bajaj
Student 1: Sachin Bisht
Student 2: Mayank Arora
Overseer: Rahul Kumar
Aurat 2: Ayushi Jina
Chorus: Akshay Arora, Apeksha Agarwal, Arunima Nawani, Haardik Singh
Backstage & Production: Arunima Nawani (Costumes), Naveen Chand Sharma & Swaja Bajaj (Sets), Jatin Kumar (Music), Vinod Kumar(Sound), Naveen Chand Sharma (Lights)

Open Cast is a play which depicts the lives of people displaced, how it affects them and their newly-forged relationships with strange people and places. What do the displaced lose? Rooted identities, self-respect, sense of belongingness, their freedom… It's not just the people but their culture which suffers the wrench. Open Cast shows two parallel stories: one that of old and new arrivals in the capital city of Delhi looking for a better life; the other of people forced to endure evacuation from the coal-mining town of Dhanbad.

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Feb 27 & Feb 28|7:00pm
The Audition
Old World Collegiate Theatre Festival
(English/45mins)
Amphitheatre, IHC
by Upstage - Gargi College
Director: Madhvi Mehra & Apurvah Sahay Aarzoo
Playwright: James Johnson
Cast:
Meera: Madhvi Mehra
Ritu: Apurvah Sahay Aarzoo
Another actress: Vasundhra Chauhan
Backstage & Production: Mannat Sandhu (Lights), Sonalee Das (Sound), Saumya Dwivedi, Jaya Bhardwaj, Priya Rao, Muskaan Pathak, Pratishtha Sharma.

Ritu is like most wannabe actresses - she wants to be famous, and to be famous, you have to suffer the audition process. So when she attends an audition for a 'must-have', career-building part, little does she know that the Director, Meera, has very strong views about how an audition should be conducted; about how the person auditioning should be tested and what should and should not be said.
Meera is about to push Ritu to her mental, physical, emotional and ethical limits. Each of her auditions lasts for a complete day, and they are very much one to one. Close to her breaking point, Ritu is subjected to alcohol, drugs and mind games, all so that Meera can find out the answer to one question. How far will an actress go to get the part?

Feb 27 & Feb 28 | 8:00pm
Learning to Drive
Old World Collegiate Theatre Festival
(English/75mins)
Amphitheatre, IHC
by Verbum - Sri Venkateswara College
Director: Ananda Dhar-James & Sai Sanket
Playwright: Paula Vogel
Cast:
Li'l Bit: Chakori Dwivedi
Uncle Peck: Akshaj Saini
Female Greek Chorus: Aakriti Arora
Male Greek Chorus: Aman Jagdev
Teenage Greek Chorus: Devika Bassi
Backstage & Production: Neharika Chandra (Production), Stuti Puri (Sound), Sai Sanket (Lights)

The story follows the strained sexual relationship between Li'l Bit and her aunt's husband, Uncle Peck, from her adolescence though her teenage years to college and beyond. Using the metaphor of driving and issues of paedophilia, incest and misogyny, the play explores the idea of control and manipulation.

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Mar 1 & Mar 3 |7:00pm
Evam Indrajit
Old World Collegiate Theatre Festival
(Hindi/60mins)
Amphitheatre, IHC
by Shunya - Ramjas College
Director: Shobhit Bhatia & Arbab Ahmad
Playwright: Badal Sircar
Adaptation: Shobhit Bhatia, Arbab Ahmad, Dewang Mulani
Cast:
Lekhak: Chhatrapati Singh
Indrajit: Abhiraj Raghav
Amal: Bhavya Kumar
Vimal: Navdeep Maggu
Kamal: Rohan Ghatak
Mansi: Zoya
Maa: Ayushi Singh
Backstage & Production: Shobhit Bhatia & Arbab Ahmad (Sets), Arbab Ahmad (Music & Sound), Dewang Mulani & Yashovardhan Chaturvedi (Lights), Ayushi Singh, Kriti Kulshreshtha, Anjali Singhania (Production)

Everyone ends up asking this question at some point of time or another “Why are we doing anything?”Badal Sircar’s Evam Indrajit is as much about the existentialist question as it about the the youth of today. The play focusses on a struggling writer who toils relentlessly to write a play based on the lives of ordinary men, symbolically named Amal, Vimal and Kamal. But all in vain, since he isn’t able to find any drama in their humdrum lives. The writer then crosses paths with Indrajit who rebels with the dictates of society. He endeavours to explain Indrajit’s life and his unorthodox tendencies, unintentionally drawing a parallel with the monotonous existence of Amal, Vimal and Kamal who serve as cogs off a wheel.
The journey of the writer and Indrajit comes to a halt when Indrajit submits to the dictates of the society and chooses to become yet another brick in the wall. The structure of the play is cyclical echoing the thrust of the play: the monotony of mechanical existence and it is this thrust that makes it eternal in scope.

Mar 1 & Mar 3 |8:10pm
Pagla Ghoda
Old World Collegiate Theatre Festival
(Hindi/100mins)
Amphitheatre, IHC
by Aflatoon - Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies
Director: Animesh Vishal
Asst. Director: Isha Sabharwal
Playwright: Badal Sircar
Cast:
Shashi: Amandeep Mehta
Kartik: Abu Bakr
Himadri: Naman Khosla
Saatu: Chinmaya Sharma
Girl/Malti/Mili Lakshmi: Srishti Garg
Backstage & Production: Isha Sabharwal (Costumes), Pallavi Chawla (Sets), Tanya Arora & Animesh Vishal (Music), Animesh Vishal (Lights), Isha Sabharwal & Pallavi Chawla (Production).

Written in the 70s, Badal Sircar’s Pagla Ghoda is a milestone in Indian Theatre. It speaks of human values, sense of commitment, pain, agony, ecstasy and turmoil faced by us humans till we lie on the pyre. A brilliantly written play with a very simple premise of four men from different walks of life chatting at the funeral of a young girl. Mystery shrouds her death but when they start to excavate the truth behind her death, skeletons from their own past start piling up on them and the play becomes magically layered transforming into an engrossing modern fable to watch.

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Mar 4 & March 5 | 7:00pm
In the Name of the Bully
Old World Collegiate Theatre Festival
(English/60mins)
Amphitheatre, IHC
by The Players - Kirori Mal College
Director: Afreen Sen Chatterji & Jyotsana Kala
Playwright: Anshuman Acharya
Cast:
Leo: Prajesh Kashyap
Tony: Shivam Sharma
Francis: Vasudev Bose
Abbas: Chintamani A. Kinjavadekar
Boy: Mahendra Kumar Meena
Backstage & Production: Samarth Surana & Anukriti Chaturvedi (Sound), Vishwas Dhingra & Siraj Sharma (Lights), Afreen Sen Chatterji (Production)

“In the Name of the Bully” dramatizes the story of Leo, an Anglo-Indian restaurateur in the twilight of his life, and his struggle to hold on to his identity while living in the rubbles of his past. A phone call from his elder son sends him reeling back into the memory of a lost time shared with his ‘favourite’ son. Through the narrative of this dysfunctional family, we see how each generation wants to break from the norms of the former but instead end up doing the same things differently, thereby completing the circle of man's life and their actions. Intricately laced with the inner turmoil of Leo's mind, the play moves freely between different timeframes and the clear distinctions of past and present fall apart. “As memories and perception collide in a deftly interwoven narrative with rapid jumps in time and place, the emotional cruelty which is the dominant tenor of the play never quite drowns out the small voice of compassion that, ultimately, lifts this play into the realm of the humane.”

Mar 4 & Mar 5 |8:10pm
A Shaggy Dog Story
Old World Collegiate Theatre Festival
(English/70mins)
Amphitheatre, IHC
by Fourth Wall Productions - Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies
Director: Abhishek Arora & Akshay Raheja
Asst. Director: Manan Narang
Playwright: Mark Haddin
Adaptation: Abhishek Arora and Akshay Raheja
Cast:
Steven : Vaasu Sehgal
Joanna: Shreya Vaid
Ed: Chayan Chopra
Mrs. Brown/Mrs. Kumar: Shubhangi Prakash
Station Policeman: Rohan Puri
Man with Socks: Daksh Gupta
Emily: Kritika Bhati
Mrs. Sheila: Sakshi Bhola
Magazine Seller: Sakshi Bhola
Backstage & Production: Jasneet Kaur (Costumes & Lights), Ujjawal Jain (Sets), Pranshu Saini (Music, Sound & Production)

A Shaggy Dog Story follows the story of Steven, a 15 year old, who is exceptional at Math but finds people confusing. He is suffering from Asperger's syndrome, a type of Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Based around a fictional small town of Asperg, the play opens with Steven discovering a dead dog in his neighbourhood. He tries to solve the mystery of the murder of the dog despite his father's warning. In doing so, he discovers that his mother is not dead as his father had told him, but alive and well, living in Claustra.

The play brings to the stage the magnificence of the little boy's imagination, his genius and sheer innocence, which renders it that compelling quality.
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