Here is a good news for all the theatre aficionados! Indian Habitat Centre brings 15th installment of Old World Theatre Festival that celebrates the mainstream as well as contemporary theatre in India. Starting from October 8, 2016, this nine-day festival will open with an acclaimed play “Ramayana” by Jalabala Vaidya and Akshara theatre to pay tribute to theatre doyen Gopal Sharman who passed away earlier this year.

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old world theatre (Courtesy: Facebook/Old World Theatre Festival)

Other main focus of the festival would be on the staging of Kaizad Kotwal’s widely debated play “Agnes of God”, which sparked a row after Catholic groups in Mumbai sought its ban for allegedly hurting religious sentiments.

The play, an adaptation of an original play by John Pielmeier, tells the story of a Catholic nun Sister Agnes, who has a baby, and claims immaculate conception. The play will be staged on October 13 and 14 at Stein auditorium, India Habitat Centre.

The festival also offers a variety fare, including Ibsen’s timeless classic “Doll’s House” by Ila Arun, which features Ira Dubey of M Cream fame in the lead and Purva Naresh’s hugely entertaining “Ladies Sangeet”.

The much-anticipated solo “White Rabbit Red Rabbit” and Anish Victor’s choreographed solo “Koogu” are defining additions to the festival, said the organisers.

Theatre lovers can also look forward to a workshop series called Cycloroma 2016 as part of the festival.

Registered participants will have the opportunity to interact with theatre artists Anurupa Roy, Anahita Uberoi, Sudhanva Deshpande, Puja Sarup, Sheena Khalid, Arghya Lahiri, Jaimini Pathak, Purva Naresh among others.

Check out the complete schedule here:

Ramayana

Ramayana (Courtesy: Facebook/Old World Theatre Festival)

THE RAMAYANA | English/160 mins with interval
8th October, 7:30pm | The Stein Auditorium, Habitat World
9th October, 7:30pm | Epicentre
Writer & Director: Gopal Sharman
Theatre House: Akshara theatre
Cast : Jalabala Vaidya & the akshara Repertory- Nisa Shetty, Vikalp Mudgal, Vidur Mohan/Vijay S. Kumar, Rakesh Palisetty, Dhruv Shetty, Pragya Priyadarshnini, Yashna Shetty

 

 

Barff

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BARFF | Hindi/140mins
9th October, 4:00pm & 7:30pm | The Stein Auditorium, Habitat World
8th October, 4:00pm & 7:30pm | Epicentre
Writer & Director: Saurabh Shukla
Theatre House: AGP World
Cast: Sadia Siddiqui, Sunil Palwal, Saurabh Shukla

DOLL’S HOUSE | English/90mins with 15min interval
10th October, 7:00pm | The Stein Auditorium, Habitat World
11th October, 7:30pm | Epicentre
Director: Pushan Kripalani
Produced by: Ila Arun
Cast: Ira Dubey, Joy Sengupta, Pushan Kripalani

THE GENTLEMEN’S CLUB AKA TAPE | English/Hindi/70mins
11th & 12th October, 7:00pm | The Stein Auditorium, Habitat World
Director: Sheena Khalid
Theatre House: The Patchworks Ensemble
Cast: Puja Sarup, Sheena Khalid, Rachel D’souza, Ratnabali Bhattacharjee, Mukti Mohan

WILD TRACK | English/80mins
11th & 12th October, 7:00pm | Amphitheatre, Habitat World
Venue: Amphitheatre
Director: Arghya Lahiri
Cast: Devika Shahani Punjabi, Jaimin Pathak

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Agnes of god (Courtesy: Facebook/Old World Theatre Festival)

AGNES OF GOD | English/90mins
13th & 14th October, 7:00pm | The Stein Auditorium, Habitat World
12th October, 7:30pm | Epicentre
Writer: John Pielmeier
Director: Kaizad Kotwal
Theatre House: Poor-Box Productions
Cast: Ananhita Uberoi, Avanti Nagral, Mahabanoo Mody – Kotwal

 

Tees

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TEES | English/Hindi/50mins
13th & 14th October, 7:00pm | Amphitheatre, Habitat World
Writer: Abhishek Basak
Director: Jaya Sharma
Theatre House: Tadpole Repertory
Cast: Ankit Pandey, Devika Rajpal, Rahul Tewari, Ritu Ahuja

koogu

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KOOGU | English/Hindi/70mins
15th & 16th October, 7:00pm | Amphitheatre, Habitat World
Writer, Director & Actor: Anish Victor
Theatre House: Sandbox Collective

 

 

Ladies Sangeet

Ladies Sangeet (Courtesy: Facebook/Old World Theatre Festival)

LADIES SANGEET | Hindi/English/130mins with interval
15th October, 4:00pm & 7:30pm | The Stein Auditorium, Habitat World
16th October, 4:00pm & 7:30pm | Epicentre
Writer & Director: Purva Naresh
Theatre House: Aarambh Mumbai
Cast: Lovleen Mishra, Joy Sengupta, Gopal Datt, Nivedita Bhargava, Nidhi Singh, Sidhdhartha Kumar, Sarika Singh, Monica Gupta, Trisha Kale, Krutti Saxena & Niranjan Iyengar

WHITE RABBIT, RED RABBIT | English/65mins
16th October, 7:00pm | The Stein Auditorium, Habitat World
Writer: Nassim Soleimanpour
Theatre House: QTP Productions