Presenting Sandbox Collective’s Park
Park touches upon that thing which is at a premium these days – space – literally and metaphorically. A funny, contemporary and relevant play, Park is a comedy that touches upon several issues that plague our day to day lives. Don’t just take our word for it, come watch the play at Jagriti Theatre from the 21st to 30th of October.
Written by Manav Kaul. Starring Jimmy Xavier, Deepak Subramanya, Ashish Dabreo and directed by Nimi Ravindran
– Sandbox Collective
The play is set in a park with three benches that become point of contention between three men. All three want the best spot and try to prove why they deserve it. Each one’s claim is superior to the others. In the course of the conversation—mostly heated and combative—personal and larger politics come to the fore, revealing the fragility of life and emotion.
Park is a comedy about three men in a park fighting for their individual space. The playful banter escalates into violence as questions of space, territory and ownership become fraught with tension. Everyone seems to want to sit where someone else is already seated, and no one seems to want to give up their ‘seat’. Marking your territory is considered an animal trait, and yet, no animal can beat a man at this game.
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About the playwright:
Manav Kaul is an award winning actor/playwright and director. His first play was the much ceelaward winning Shakkar ke Paanch Daane in 2004 and came to be recognised as a seminal piece of contemporary theatre writing. His other plays include Bali aur Shambu, Ilhaam, Colour Blind and Red Sparrow among others. He has also directed the award winning film Hansa. Manav is also a well known actor in Hindi Cinema.
About the director:
Nimi Ravindran has worked in the theatre in various capacities for over 15 years, as Director, Producer and Theatre Facilitator. Her most recent works include Manav Kaul’s Fiver Grains of Sugar, Shakespear’s Richard III(excerpts) and Ajay Krishnan’s Trivial Disasters. She is co-founder of Sandbox Collective, a Bangalore-based Arts Collective.
About the performers:
Ashish D’Abreo has worked in over 20 productions as an actor over a span of about 15 years. He holds the dubious record for most number of performances playing the role of an old-to-extremely-old man. In this play he is not an old man. He claims that it is indeed a challenging role.
Deepak Subramanya, is an actor who loves to explore the myriad fabric of human relationships through the lens of art. He has been a part of over 30 productions and has recently also worked in two Sandalwood projects. He has close to 15 years of experience in the theatre and is absolutely enthralled by the opportunities it has to offer.
Jimmy Xavier has been involved in theatre since 1998 and has done more than 700 stage shows. He has also worked in FM radio for close to 15 years and is a voice over artist.
About Sandbox Collective
Sandbox Collective is a creative services organisation founded in 2013 by Shiva Pathak and Nimi Ravindran that curates, produces and tours performances. It acts as a catalyst facilitating meaningful collaborations nationally and internationally between artists, cultural agencies and art spaces, creating an explosion of innovative artistic expression.
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