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Stage is set with sumptuous spread
- Four plays in three languages from three cities in two-weekend theatre fest

Four critically-acclaimed plays from three cities in three languages, featuring some of the country’s best-known names. The spread, featured in Odeon 2003, should prove to be a sumptuous one for the city stagecraft-lover.

The festival, organised by Hutch, straddles two weekends, with Class of ’84 kicking off the action at G.D. Birla Sabhagar on Friday, 7 pm.

The play in English, directed by Rahul da Cunha and featuring Rajit Kapur, is about seven friends from St Xavier’s, reunited after years for the funeral of an eighth buddy. The drama, set in a Mumbai beach house. premiered in January and has completed over 31 shows in Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad and Dubai. “It’s very slice-of-life,” smiles Shernaz Patel. Joy Sengupta, last seen in Patalghar, plays an FTII graduate “who takes himself and life too seriously”. Rajit Kapur is Bobby Tandon, “a struggling actor, always knocking on producers’ doors and gives the impression there is lots going for him”. The actor also participated in a discussion on Thursday, titled ‘Theatre and TV: Cooperation and Competition’, along with Rahul da Cunha, Kirti Jain and Tollywood film personalities, with Konkona Sen Sharma as compere.

Subarnalata, directed by Kirti Jain, takes the stage on Saturday and Sunday evening. The next weekend starts with the Seema Biswas-starrer The Antigone Project at the Saturday Club in Hindi and the finale is the premiere of Samay Asamayer Brittanto, presented by Chetana, a Calcutta-based group, at Rabindra Sadan on July 5 and 6. Directed by Suman Mukhopadhyay, Samay Asamayer Brittanto has been supported by the organisers, with proceeds from the annual festival dedicated to the promotion of a local drama group.

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