This play is a collage of three different stories and has a different theme than traditional plays. It is an effort to mingle three various stories of different writers from different countries into a single strand i.e. – American writer O Henry’s Barber’s Shop, Indian writer Gagan Mishra’s ‘ Ant Ki Shuruat’ and Russian writer Maxim Gorky’s ‘Her Lover’. There is very beautiful and real representation of human behavior and feelings in all these stories.
In it on one side we enjoy the flavor of comedy in O Henry’s ‘Barber’s Shop’, while Gagan’s story shows us how a writer forge in the name of creativity; on the other side Maxim Gorky’s story sorbs us in erotic (sringara) and pathetic (karuna) sentiments (rasas). By picking up common man as a central character of their stories, All three writers have done deep & meaningful evaluation of life.
Bharat Muni describes play performance as an experiment (Natya-prayoga). Since ancient time we used to do different experiments in plot, structure, style and presentation in theatre. It was quite challenging and entertaining to combine these stories in a play; which have been written in various scenario and time. These types of efforts are self-satisfactory for any art-server. We have already performed it at various places and audiences appreciated it too; hope you will also love it.
A Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar Awardee by Sangeet Natak Academy, Gagan Mishra is a TIE- NSD trained Artiste and a Jury Member in NCERT, New Delhi. He was awarded the Fellowship by the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India. Besides designing Theatre In Education Syllabus for the N.S.D. in 2006, Gagan has been a regular theatre activist through out, and has been on panel of various organizations including the British Council, NCZZ etc. in various capacities such as an Actor, Director, Theatre workshop conductor and so on.
An actor, writer, director of repute and a practitioner in Theatre In Education, Priyadarshini is the first female competitor of Rajasthan to qualify UGC net exam in Dramatics in 2014. While representing Rajasthan and India, she presented research papers in many National and International Seminars and Conferences on Theatre In Education and Theatre For Young Audience. She has a vast repertoire of work in Theatre to her credit including workshops with UNESCO and other National, International Institutions and organizations.
Short Descriptions of Dramatised presentations.
Barber’s Shop: The central character of O Henry’s captivating creation Barber’s Shop is a Barber living in Houston city. Each phase of his life teaches him a lesson. The two morals “Tit for Tat”, & “Greed is a Curse”, he learnt in his childhood, are spread through this presentation.
Antt Ki Shuruaat: This story by Gagan Mishra brings us to the ground reality of life, where we, at some moment forget our principles, and fall into greasy traps to be successful. The central character is a talented writer (Author), for whom his “Creativity” & “Simplicity” are the pillars & strength, but once success surrounds him, he knees down and falls into all sleazy traps of “Marketing”.
Her Lover: This Story by Maxim Gorky concentrates on a completely friendless, forlorn and ugly human being calling herself Teresa, who invents a boy friend from back home. She is aware of how pathetic she is, but she stubbornly fights the loneliness of life by accepting this invented boy friend as real.