Old world Theatre Festival Special

From College Theatre of Delhi to South African Professional Plays

Satish Kaushik in Salesman Ramlal

The Old World Theatre Festival is regarded as one of the foremost Theatre festivals in the city with a distinct identity of its own. Now in its eighth year – The Old World Theatre Festival is being presented by AMERICAN EXPRESS.

This year the festival plays host to actor-director Feroz Abbas Khan's contribution to the cosmos of theatre. Being instrumental in bringing Hindi theatre mainstream recognition, Feroz Abbas Khan is also known for exploration in theatrical representations and for directing some of India's finest acting talent.

The festival brings as always dynamic, original and critically acclaimed Indian and International productions. The festival kicks off with an international production from South Africa, Out of Bounds. Written by Rajesh Gopie, directed by Tina Johnson, the play is a solo act by Rajesh Gopie. Acclaimed in 33 European cities and across the United States of America, the play was hailed as ‘boundlessly brilliant’ and ‘a gem’ by The Citizen and as ‘one of the best plays you’ll see this year’ by The Sunday Times during its run in Johannesburg in 2005.

Tumhari Amrita, the play directed by Feroz Abbas Khan is a poignant love story told through letters spanning a period of 35 years. This lyrical journey in time and space, chronicles the lives of two very different people, who cannot live with or without each other. These are brilliantly performed by Shabana Azmi & Farooque Shaikh.

Another highlight of the festival is Salesman Ramlal which is an adaptation of Arthur Miller's classic 'Death of a Salesman' in Hindi. Directed by Feroz Abbas Khan, the play stars Satish Kaushik, Seema Biswas and Kishore Kadam.

Bringing us the joy of wit and good comedy is All the Best directed by Devendra Pem. A story of three friends, one blind, the other deaf and the third, mute and their love for a young girl, the play is a rip-roaring comedy starring Vrajesh Hirjee, Iqbal Azaad, Vikas Kadam and Mansi Joshi.

The festival will also have a film screening of Gandhi: My Father starring Akshaye Khanna and Darshan Jariwala, a Directorial debut of Feroz Abbas Khan. The audience can interact with Feroz after the screening.

Our Collegiate Theatre segment, the first to give a mainstream opportunity to young amateurs, showcases a host of talents in commensurate rivalry from the houses of Delhi University. Top colleges of Delhi shall be performing this year too at Habitat World, IHC

OLD WORLD THEATRE FESTIVAL ’09  

Dates: December 5 – 13, 2009

Venues:

1.       Habitat World, IHC, Lodhi Road, New Delhi

2.       Epicentre at Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon

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