Metro Plus theatre fest!

mptf 09! It’s playtime, folks… MPTF ’09!

It’s that time of year again!

Six plays by some of the best theatre groups you’ll ever see!

Don’t miss Naseerudin Shah, Kalki Koechlin and a bunch of other well known faces, on stage!

Most are acclaimed productions and one premieres at the fest. The plays are in English, Korean and gibberish, and they celebrate everything that theatre stands for.

Here’s what’s on offer

ANTIGONE — August 7. Catch Naseeruddin Shah playing cruel King Creon and Ratna Pathak Shah play his niece Antigone in this production from Motley, Mumbai.

CHICAGO — August 8. Chennai’s Stagefright Productions premieres its adaptation of the popular 1975 musical — it’s dark and sexy, has a huge cast, and promises plenty of entertainment.

HAMLET – THE CLOWN PRINCE — August 9. Shakespeare understood, interpreted and adapted by clowns? Watch this award-winning play directed by Rajat Kapur and performed by Cinematograph, Mumbai. A Hamlet like you’ve never seen before.

CITIZEN JOSH — August 14. How do you resume a graduation thesis you abandoned decades ago? Make it a monologue on democracy, with a rather comic twist. This has been written and performed by Josh Kornbluth from the USA, supported by the U.S. Consulate General Chennai. A political, comic drama you cannot afford to miss!

THE SKELETON WOMAN — August 15. Kalki Koechlin, ‘Chanda’ from “Dev D”, co-wrote a play with Prashant Prakash, and it went on to win the MetroPlus Playwright Award 09. A tale of a fisherman’s compassion for a skeleton woman that brings her back to life. Catch their haunting story.

MEDEA AND ITS DOUBLE — August 16. Members of the Seoul Factory for the Performing Arts adapt this Greek classic, and perform it using traditional music, movements and martial arts. The sets are spectacular too. And, language need not be a deterrent; there will be surtitles in English. Brought to Chennai with the support of InKo Centre, in association with The Korea Foundation and the Korea Arts Management Service.

The festival grows bigger this year with affiliated performances, exciting food stalls and other surprises at the venue.

Tickets are available online at www.thehindu.com/theatrefest.

Also available at Landmark (Nungambakkam), India Garage (184, Anna Salai, Opp. British Council) and at the venue.

For fest help, call 98402-22363/98406-12333.

Presenting Sponsor: Bose Associate

Sponsors: Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., LG electronics India Pvt. Ltd., Nippon Paint and Club Mahindra.

Cultural Partner: The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR)

Hospitality Partner: The Park, Chennai Radio Partner:

Chennai Live 104.8FM

Event Manager: evam

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