Arpan 2014 – Pune Experimental Theatre Fest

City-based theatre collective, Dhyaas, Pune, is ready with the second edition of ‘Arpan’, its annual experimental theatre festival. The festival will run from February 6th to 9th, at Sudarshan Rangmanch, and will feature 5 plays.

003 paatra nimitta maatra (600x800)It will all begin with Andharacha Bet (February 6th, Thursday), written and directed by Shrikant Bhide. The play will dwell on the tough redemption in the field of experimental theatre, and the perseverance of artistes who chase their creative dreams in this sphere, inspite of all the hurdles.

Paatra Nimita Maatra (February 7th, Friday) will take a comical look at the frustrating process of coming up with a theatre script. The protagonist here is a college student, grappling with the challenge of writing a competition-winning script, and all the internal and external critique he has to face in his path.

Doan Goshti will play on February 8th, Saturday, and will be a meditation on the openness that people tend to feel in the midst of casual conversations. Written and directed by Abhishek Deshmukh, it will highlight the unusual route we sometimes to take to reach “self-realisation”.

DSCN6824 (800x600)February 9th, Sunday, will start early and will be action-packed. Two solo acts will first take the stage, before the big closing performance. Red In Green will feature Shrikant Badag as a newly-married doctor returning to his job after a brief hiatus, and his mysterious relationship with the colour red. Karve…by the Way! by Abhishek Deshmukh, on the other hand, will conjure up the story of Raghunath Dhondo Karve, a social reformer who pioneered the cause of family planning in 1920s Mumbai.

Sunday evening will be taken up by The Transparent Trap, which will lament the proliferation of plastic in our lives today, and the severe damage it is wrecking on our health, as well as on the survival of other living beings.

The plays will be showcased at 7:30pm from February 6th-8th, and the solo acts will begin at 5pm on February 9th, Sunday. The Transparent Trap will start at 7:30pm.