Masquerade, founded in 1994, into its 20 year, has been celebrating March 27, as part of the world theatre community, for the 16th straight year. This year, on the 54th World Theatre Day, Masquerade presents to the Chennai theater community, a timeless play with lasting resonance and a voice of urgency, anger, desperation, hope… THE ISLAND – written in 1973 by the South African legend Athol Fugard and devised then along with his two actors John Kani & Winston Ntshona.
How does it feel to be imprisoned and taken on a three-legged walk with your cell mate to the beach, forced each day to empty the beach sands from your pit, using a wheelbarrow, into your mate’s pit, only to have him do the same? Endless torture! THE ISLAND is about two prisoners on the Robben Island (the same Island prison where the Late Nelson Mandela was incarcerated during his struggle against apartheid), condemned for life, and ironically rehearsing a performance of Sophocles’ ANTIGONE, itself a play against oppression and right to freedom of existence and expression. John receives news that his sentence is commuted and he is soon to be released. How does this news affect John? How does this affect Winston, the younger one? Do they go on to perform in the prison?
The current performance, under the artistic direction of KK, is devised by two of Masquerade’s new brigade of actors – Shrivatz Agaram (John) & Aravind R Vyaas (Winston) – and will be performed over an approximate duration of 80 mins. Lighting conceived and managed by Baskar, sound by G.D. Prasad, play an essential part in this two-hander. The performance is strictly for mature audience.
Special Closed Invite show on March 27, 2014 on World Theater Day. If you are a theatre artist and residing in Chennai, do get in touch with us to attend the show.
If you are a theater enthusiast and would like to support our theater ventures to keep amateur non-profit theater in Chennai alive… then, Donor passes are available at www.eventjini.com and directly at 9840297872 / 9940542821. Part of the proceeds goes to facilitate MYT’s Camp Neuve 7 – a summer youth training initiative by Masquerade Youth Theatre as well as Grassroots – a summer tween theatre initiative for The Bear & Beanbag Children’s Theatre. For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to the Masquerade family! This summer, we go one step further and do one better than anyone else. We have not one but three workshops to offer you!
All age groups, whether kids from 8 to 12 or teens from 13 to 21 can attend!
Who can attend ?
The workshop for Camp Neuve ( 3B school of Music, Jeevarathinam Nagar, Adyar) is restricted to people between 13 and 19. Number of participants restricted to a maximum of 20
How long is the workshop ?
Camp Neuve - The sessions would run at 3 hours a day for a total of three weeks ( 6th May to 24th May) from 10 am to 1 pm.
What about the fee ?
The course fee would be Rs. 2500/- per participant for the Camp Neuve workshop ( 13-19 years)
Who can attend ?
The workshop at bear and the bean bag( 3B school of Music, Jeevarathinam Nagar, Adyar) , is restricted to people between 8-12 years. Number of participants restricted to a maximum of 20.
The workshop at Kalpataru ECR, is for those between 8-12 years.
How long is the workshop ?
Bear and Bean bag at 3B- The sessions would be for 2 hours a day for a total of two weeks ( Weekends excluded) from 430 pm to 630 pm from 6th to 17th. Performance on the 18th at Kalpataru!
Kalpataru, ECR- The sessions would be for 2 hours a day for a total of two weeks( only Sunday excluded) from 4 to 6 pm, from the 6th to the 17th. Performance on the 18th at Kalpataru.
What about the fee ?
The course fee would be Rs. 1500/- per participant for the Bear and bean bag workshop at 3B school ( 8-12 years)
Rs. 1200/- per participant for the workshop at Kalpataru (non-refundable under any circumstances).
For any further information, call us at 9884029865 / 9884029855/9710736160, or mail us at email@example.com
WTD # 15
World Theater Day – March 27 – Wednesday
As has been in the past 14 years…
MASQUERADE – the performance group
Live the Joy of Theater…
The Commedia dell’Arte Way!!!
These are days of much maligned relationships on the Indo-Italian front! The governments are fighting… rousing rabbles and fishing in troubled waters… the Envoys are on alert. But not us in the Theater. This year’s World Theater Day message comes from the great Italian Theater personality – DARIO FO!
And we at Masquerade are taking a leaf out of his work. As we step into 20 years of existence at Masquerade (started 1994 -), we turn a new leaf….
A devised work-in-progress…
Our very Indian Sanskrit theater in a very European package…
MRICHCHAKATIKA (The Little Clay Cart)
written around 2nd Century B.C. by King Shudraka
About the Production
Devised and performed as a story-narrative by seven aspiring performance-enthusiasts, it is a work in progress… and hence not ticketed. Also, keeping in tradition with the Commedia dell’Arte story telling-performing tradition, we plan to travel this show around… each time improvising, improving on previous performances… and PASSING THE HAT around. That too is a dell’Arte tradition.
“Masquerade” brings to you a devised dell’Arte performance of The Little Clay Cart to commemorate the world theatre day.
Date: 28th of March 2013
Time: 7.15 p.m
Venue: ”SPACES”- #1 Elliot’s Beach road, Besant Nagar.
Entry strictly restricted to 75 blockings. Invite through RSVP only. To make the experience comfortable for the audience, we seek your RSVP so we don’t get into standing room situation. Much as possible, Mosquitoes not allowed… neither are Mosquito tennis racquets.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org by furnishing surface address for communication purpose and invitations.
Further details call KK @ 98840 29865 after 6 p.m and till 9.00 p.m until or before 24 March, Sunday, 2013.
Faced with the responsibility of looking after their orphaned niece, Theresa and Angelica, two middle-aged sisters, have settled on the idea of impersonating begging nuns in order to send Tania to art school in Europe…
But as the play begins they have run into double trouble. An agile young cat burglar is about to make off with their ill-gotten gains; and a suspicious policeman has followed Theresa (and her collection bucket) home…
However, all is not as desperate as it seems, as the personable young thief happens to be a medical student who steals to pay his tuition – and is willing to consider alternative means of fund raising !
While the cop, as it turns out, is also not above taking what he can on the side. So the four join forces for some inspired larceny and things go swimmingly — or do until the supposedly saintly Tania turns up unannounced – and the confusion that ensues!!!!
Masquerade Youth Theatre starts this season with John Patrick’s Cheating Cheaters as a tribute to Chennai’s most loved genre – comedy…
Directed by Harshavardhan Ganesan & Vaidhya M Sundar
Tickets Starting at INR 150 (advance bookings get INR 50 discount)
BROUGHT TO YOU BY www.ticketgoose.com
Venue: TN Rajaratnam Auditroium, (RA Puram opposite MGR Janaki College Durgabhai Deshmukh road, next to Adyar Bridge)
Date & Time: 16th June, 3:30 & 6:30 pm
Call +91 9710736130 or +91 99401 38749 for details and direct booking
MYT in invitational collaboration with The Madras Players will be staging BHOPAL, written by Indian-born Canadian-domiciled playwright Rahul Verma.
The play, dealing with the BHOPAL GAS LEAK and its aftermath, will be staged at the MUSEUM THEATER, Chennai on June 24, 25 & 26, 2011. Directed by Dushyanth Gunasekhar of MYT, the play is about 90 minutes long.
For details, reservation and advance booking, contact 9940138749
presents CAMP NEUVE 3
our annual Summer Workshop for Youth
Dates: May 2 – 13 (Batch 1), May 16 – May 27 (Batch 2)
Age Group – 13 – 19 years
Venue: Flash Dance Academy (Mandaveli)
Time : 9.30 a.m to 11.00 a.m
Price: Rs. 1500/-
WORKSHOP WOULD LEAD TO A PRODUCTION IN JULY 2011
Email for more details & Registration forms to email@example.com
or call 98840 29865
Registrations begin 20th April and closes 28 April for Batch 1
Registrations begin 4th May and closes 11 May for Batch 2
TALENT HUNT 2011
AUGUST 2011 PRODUCTION
INTERESTED, DROP US A LINE AT
You could be 21 or 61… doesn’t matter, WE LOOK FORWARD TO YOU!
THE BEAR & BEANBAG CHILDREN’S THEATER
IF YOU ARE BETWEEN 8 & 12
A RARE OPEN-HOUSE OPPORTUNITY
TO BE PART OF THIS EXCITING WORLD
OF TALES, STORIES & THEATER.
IT’s A ONE TIME OPEN OFFER…
IT’S TOTALLY FREE….
drop us an email today at firstname.lastname@example.org
or if you have a child between 8 and 12…
write on their behalf…
write about yourself/your child a few words
and we’ll get back to you!
WORKSHOPS, PRODUCTIONS, READINGS…
all for a song only between now and end APRIL 2011!
… a Masquerade family affair…
Yes, for the 1st time… the mainstream Masquerade coons, the MYT teens and the early birds of the newly being launched The Bear & Beanbag tweens all come together. An extended family gathering of 20+ incumbents ranging from the youngest at 9 years to the oldest at 45 years all are shindigging at Sivagami Pethachi on May 22nd at 4 pm and 7 pm… over Enid Blyton’s lovable rascal BRER RABBIT as he runs amok with his practical pull offs over his nemeses – Brer Fox, Brer Wolf and Brer Bear
Come join us on the absolute fun and entertainment ride as we paint ourselves and sashay on stage for about 1 hour…
Add to the BRER you, BRER me and the rest of the BRER world, our own BRER LEADERS a-la IPL…
You are in for the most entertaining one hour of your life. Don’t forget to be accompanied by those kids of yours and your neighborhood.
For further details, booking and door delivery call 98840 29865 or 98408 63030