India Play Fest Reviews 2012’s Best


“Since Delhiites already have easy access to theatre groups in the city, we are trying to bring them the best plays of the year that’s gone by, from other cities apart from Delhi, during this festival,” says Vidyun Singh, director of programs with the Old World Theatre Festival.

Lillete Dubey

The fest, which begins Oct. 12, will offer 10 plays in seven days. Noted theatre and film actress Lillete Dubey will direct the opening play, “Where did I leave my Purdah?”

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Now in its 11th year, the festival will offer new features including The National School of Drama Repertory and its production of “Dafa 292” – an Urdu short story set during the 1940s and ’50s, based on the life and times of late Urdu writer Saadat Hasan Manto.

According to the Hindustan Times, “The festival provides an opportunity to budding directors and actors under The Collegiate Theatre category every year. Seven of the best plays from the university will be staged simultaneously at the amphitheatre during the festival.”

Here’s a partial play schedule:

October 12
Where did I leave my Purdah?
Written by Mahesh Dattani and directed by Lillete Dubey

October 13
The Bureaucrat
directed by Rahul da Cunha

October 14 and 15
Chinese Coffee
directed by Danish Hussain

October 16 and 17
Dafa 292
directed by Anoop Trevedi

October 18
Nothing Like Lear
directed by Rajat Kapoor

October 19 and 20
Between the lines
Directed by Nandita Das

October 21
directed by Ramchandra Singh