Theatre Speaks

Manasi Prabhakar Joshi
Actress

By Vipul Mahagaonkar

Which is the last play you liked and why?

THE FATHER by Motley. Because of legendary actors Naseer ji and Ratna ji. And also its presentation at Experimental Theatre. I saw this kind of quadrangle performance for the very first time where the audience was framed around the stage.

Your favourite adda to see a play...

Dinanath Auditorium, Prithvi Theatre, NCPA.

Your favourite playwright...

Vasant Kanetkar, Ratnakar Matkari.

Your favourite play-character...

All charactors from the play SURYACHI PILLAY

A novel/short story you would like to see on stage? Why?

All comic stories by Mangala Godbole. I'm sure it will be delight for actors, directors and audiences!

The most hilarious play you have seen...
MUKKAM POST BOMBILWADI

A play, which is over-hyped...
TILA KAHI SANGAYCHAY

An important play (but ignored):

Chetan Datar's 1, MADHAV BAUG

A play character you would like to "dialogue" with...

VARHAD NIGHALAY LONDONLA

A passage from an important play that you can recite...
ASA MEE ASA MEE

A play that changed your perception about the theatre...

JUNGLE MEIN MANGAL BY CHETAN DATAR

How do you regard the Mumbai/Indian theatre scene?

It's ignorant and still needs to improve in terms of facilities, technology, infrastructure.

Can you recall an event that was insightful, significant or simply humorous during your theatre journey?

Theatre has the power of changing lives! It's always a meditative experience! It takes you to another world without moving physically.

Can you think of a foreign production that you found remarkable? Why?

Tim Supple's A MIDSUMMER NIHT'S DREAM. That was extremely special experience. They made this classic play with Indian dialects. So the play sounded multilingual. Also they used lot of physical theatre. I saw this performance twice, once at the Tata Theatre, and and another at the BKC ground with the real moon in the background! It was a mesmerizing experience!

Your favourite director/actor/music or set designer...

All time favourite Pradip Mulye!

A significant Indian production that you may have witnessed.....

SANGEET GIRIBALA by Awishkar Mumbai

Life in the theatre without the humble batata-wada or the cutting chai... or can you recall the best gastronomic experience you've had in the precincts of the theatre to date?

Chai And batata wada are an integral part of the theatre experience!

*Vipul Mahagaonkar is a director, playwright and filmmaker
 
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