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Phoenix to open at IIC

Ruchika and IIC continue their festival New Plays, New Voices that brings a range of new writing by new playwrights to the stage. These visual enactments selected and directed by Feisal Alkazi continue this month with Anushka Shankar’s PHOENIX on 25th July at 6.30pm


PHOENIX is a play about a middle class family, anywhere, in any city in india. The family has lost their son, Madhav and are coping with it in different manners. The father with anger, the sister with denial, the mother and wife with the silence expected of grieving women. And then, there is Shekhar, the friend, who bears the guilt of having been present while his friend was dying. And having come back alive. He must atone for his survival, by giving Madhav back to the family. The 'normal' shall dull the pain. 

The play explores the tensions in a family who lose their only son. The cast includes Zaen Alkazi, Manohar Khushalani, Avaree Chaurey, Mahima Kaur, Charanya Chidambaram, and Smita Mazumdar. Directed by: Feisal Alkazi. Assistant Director: Smita Mazumdar


Anushka Ravishankar has written ten plays for adults and for children. She attended the Royal Court International Playwrights’ Residency in London, in 2001. Her play, Phoenixwas developed there and a rehearsed reading of it was done at the Royal Court. It was later performed in Bangalore and Chennai. Her other plays include The Cockroach Collector  and Selected Storiesa short play which was commissioned by the Royal Court and performed there in 2004. It was later performed in Sao Paulo in 2005.
She has written numerous books for children, including over ten picture books, an illustrated novella and several retellings of traditional and folk tales. She has also co-edited an anthology of Indian nonsense.

Smita Mazumdar 


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