Amalgamation of various short stories by great Russian writer Anton Chekhov, comedy, hilarious, sad, and touching. In this plethora of stories the audience meets a variety of characters, all of whom are immediately relatable and strikingly human i.e. an eager inexperienced compounder wrestles with a Pundit to yank his painful tooth out. A Casanova shares his foolproof method of seducing other men’s wives with no direct contact until she is on her way into his arms. A husband has been unfaithful to his wife. Hence she visits to the gun seller to take revenge from both her husband and her wife’s lover. However it is also noticeable that at times she also considers killing herself. In the next story, the theme is that marriage is not as romantic as some people believe. A boy and girl act like a married couple before they become engaged. They are argumentative from the start. No doubt, the theme is that married people inevitably fight, even before they say I do. A woman in a theatre audience lets loose a monstrous sneeze that sprays the neck and head of the woman seated in front of her—a woman who just happens to be her superior at work. It’s not the sneeze, but the woman’s reparations that cause her eventual demise. An officious employer unfairly subtracts and subtracts money from his meek governess’s wages. An older man and woman engage in small talk on a park bench, but their song reveals their inner thoughts and wishes.
Rajan Chawla is an actor, trainer, director, writer and theatre in education practitioner. He started his professional journey under Barry John in 1999, he has acted, directed several plays. He specialized in teaching drama as a school subject and training actors. He learned the ropes of acting, teaching, writing and direction for a decade under the mentorship of his guru and taught many actors who are successfully working in films and television. They have authored a book “playing for real” which is an invaluable resource for actors and trainers. Presently Rajan is the director of Phoenix T.I.E. Company- the team is working towards the goal of reinventing learning through theatre. He is working with many prestigious schools all over India to develop new ways and means to bring theatre to classrooms and community and on stage. He has scripted and directed a large number of play productions with children and adults in various forms i.e. proscenium, musical, mime, dance drama, radio play, folk and street theatre. His students have received many prestigious awards at state and national level.
The Phoenix Theatre-In-Education Company was founded in 2006 and since then working with schools and institutions to develop new ways and means to bring theatre to classrooms and community and also on stage. It mainly functions as a resource agency for schools by using theatrical means to facilitate the teaching-learning process, and making it more creative, enjoyable and meaningful for the teacher and learner alike. Phoenix T.I.E Company comprises a group of qualified and dedicated teachers, artists trained in theatre who make education the focus of their work. They function as workshop facilitators, drama teachers, directors and playwrights. Phoenix is a sacred mythical bird which burns itself and arises again from its ashes – reinventing itself whenever it needs to. It can carry a load ten times as heavy as its own body with ease and its teardrops can heal the deepest of wounds. That is why at Phoenix Theatre-In-Education Company, we believe that knowing yourself in the first place and then understanding others in the process of role playing is very important. Leaving yourself behind and becoming someone else in a character is all about being like a Phoenix. Know thyself- it’s all about getting under the skin of a character and behaving according to the given situation. To learn how to prepare for a role an actor goes through a process of characterization and before jumping the gun, self-awareness is very important because the closest person or character to an actor is himself. If one knows himself then understanding and role-playing other characters become uncomplicated. For an actor his mind, body and voice are the instruments to perform, Phoenix acting workshops are designed for aspiring actors.
Akshara Theatre, Delhi
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