Saturday Naatak Live

Every Saturday, we will live stream a play on zoom. These will be entertaining, well-rehearsed and well-produced plays ranging in length from 25 to 90 minutes. After each show, the director and the cast will be available to answer questions and chat with you.

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Upcoming Plays, Saturday Naatak Live


8 pm, November 29 and December 6

Mataji

written and directed by Sujit Saraf
language: English
Known worldwide as the “hugging saint” who provides hugs over Zoom, Mataji has hugged millions, bringing them joy and electric vibrations. In this humorous farce, she finally meets someone for whom a Zoom-hug won’t work.
producer: Anitha Dixit
production team: Poulomi Sarkar, Tuhina Goel, Shraesht Chitkara
cast: Bruce Blau, Kartic Bhargav, Dilip Ratnam, Amit Sharma, Laurie Michaels, Deanna Shinsky, Jay Ruparel, Ranjini Srinivasan, Shelly Smith, Karla Nema, Mahesh Makhijani, Monica Mehta Chitkara, Deepal Pandya
music: Anitha Dixit
duration: 75 minutes

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8 pm, Saturday, December 12 and 19

Flowers In The Desert

by Donna Hoke, directed by Harish Agastya
language: English
A woman calls on her unfaithful husband three years after their divorce, with a proposal and an agenda.
producer: Poulomi Sarkar
cast: Devika Ashok, Anush Moorthy
duration: 70 minutes

8 pm, Saturday, January 2 and 9

The Government Inspector

based on Gogol’s Inspector General, directed by Pratiksha Rao
language: Hindi
The inspector general is about to visit town for an inspection, and corrupt local officials are scrambling to make a good impression.
producer: Vikas Dhurka

8 pm, Saturday, January 16 and 23

Dinnertime Plays

FOURTEEN by Alice Gerstenberg, directed by Anitha Dixit
A socialite plans the perfect dinner party in this hilarious satire.

ROYAL TAJ by Suruchi Mohan, directed by Poulomi Sarkar
A wedding anniversary dinner mixes menu and grievance.
language: English
producers: Anitha Dixit and Poulomi Sarkar
image by Shreya Dixit

Come to the Audition for Dinnertime Plays.


8 pm, Saturday, January 30 and February 6

The Naatak Musical

producer: Poulomi Sarkar

Frequently asked Questions

Question 1: How do I watch the plays?
A week before each production, you will receive a “choose your show” email. After you choose your show, you will receive an e-ticket with a “Watch” button to watch that show.
Question 2: Do I need an app to watch these plays?
You need the Zoom app to watch these plays. If you do not have it, download it at https://zoom.us/download.

Past Plays, Saturday Naatak Live

8 pm, November 15 and November 21

Prisoner’s Dilemma

by Anush Moorthy, directed by Devika Ashok
language: Hindi/English
A serial killer stalks Mumbai, and a quirky constable may have found the clues that will give him away.
producer: Poulomi Sarkar
cast: Anupam Dhyani, Chaitanya Godse, Chinmay Vaidya, Kavita Joshi, Preeti Bhat, Rohit Dube
duration: 75 minutes

8 pm, November 1 and November 7

ख़ामोश! अदालत जारी है (Silence! The Court Is In Session)

by Vijay Tendulkar, directed by Vikas Dhurka
A rehearsal by a travelling theater troupe turns very serious.
language: Hindi
producer: Poulomi Sarkar
cast: Anjali Kirloskar, Anush Moorthy, Ashish Chakrabortty, Dhananjay Motwani, Mukund Marathe, Parag Kilche, Savitha Samu, Surender Singh
duration: 90 minutes

8 pm, Saturday, October 17 and 24

आठ घंटे (8 Hours)

by Sujit Saraf, directed by Manish Sabu
Two clerks in Delhi’s Connaught Place spend an 8-hour working day – and a lifetime – together, watching the world change around them. आठ घंटे has been staged all over the United States. In India, nearly 50 shows have been performed by artists from the National School of Drama, Delhi, and other theater companies.
language: Hindi
producer: Vikas Dhurka
cast: Mohammad Zishan, Abhishek Das
duration: 75 minutes

8 pm, Saturday, October 3 and 10

Ultimate Breaking News

written and directed by Vikram Ramanarayanan
Four TV journalists are kidnapped and forced to star in a deadly reality show.
language: English
producer: Poulomi Sarkar
cast: Rajiv Nema, Ranjini Srinivasan, Tannishtha Mukherjee, Shiv Jayaraman, Anju Prakash
production team: Anitha Dixit, Saurabh Jain
duration: 50 minutes

8 pm, Saturday, September 19 and 26

Everyone Loves A Good Tsunami

written and directed by Sujit Saraf
December 2004: In Asia, a tsunami has devastated the lives of millions. In Silicon Valley, the India Association has split. In this hilarious satire, it is the victims of the tsunami who come to the rescue of the victims of the split.
language: English
cast: Mukund Marathe, Kartic Bhargav, Anjali Kirloskar, Natraj Kumar, Sravanthi Prattipati, Rekha Marathe, Anirudh Mohan, Manish Sabu
poster art by Anshu Johri, sound by Sudipta Chatterjee
duration: 80 minutes

8 pm, Saturday, September 5 and 12

प्रस्ताव and पति पत्नी और वो

two hilarious plays, adapted from 2 masterpieces
प्रस्ताव, adapted and directed by Roshni Datta from The Proposal by Anton Chekhov
A young man’s proposal to the girl-next-door does not go quite as planned.
language: Hindi
cast: Romie Decosta, Nitin Deo, Neha Goyal
duration: 30 minutes

पति पत्नी और वो, adapted by Vikas Dhurka and Paresh Vyas from How He Lied To Her Husband by George Bernard Shaw, and directed by Ritendra Datta
What happens when a husband discovers the love poems written to his wife by her lover?
language: Hindi
cast: Anjali Bhide, Anupam Dhyani, Harsh Parikh
duration: 30 minutes

8 pm, Saturday, August 22 and 29

Sahana Vavatu

based on: Out at Sea by Slawomir Mrozek, adapted by Ashok Vijay, directed by Sudipta Chatterjee
This is the hilarious story of three hungry men trapped on a raft in the middle of the sea, who must now decide what (or whom) to eat…
language: Hindi
cast: Anjali Kirloskar, Ashok Vijay, Namrata Dey, Somdev Sen, Sunny Moza
duration: 40 minutes

8 pm, Saturday, August 8 and 15

Court

written and directed by Anush Moorthy
language: English
A tribute to Perumal Murugan’s One Part Woman , this play imagines a special court session convened to hear the testimony of a woman who says she was raped at a village temple festival.
cast: Preeti Gupta, Vikram Ramanarayanan, Divya Balu, Anindita Mukherjee
duration: 30 minutes

8 pm, Saturday, July 25 and August 1

सांगाती

by Ratnakar Matkari, directed by Mukund Marathe
A blind writer asks his girl-friend to make a life of her own.
language: Hindi
cast: Mugdha Kulkarni, Chaitanya Godsay
duration: 25 minutes

8 pm, Saturday, July 11 and 18

He Said And She Said

by Alice Gerstenberg, directed by Poulomi Sarkar
He said this and she said that, and who else said what?
language: English
cast: Harshavardhana, Khushboo Kalyani, Preeti Bhat, Sayantanee Dutt
duration: 30 minutes

8 pm, Saturday, June 27 and July 3

Sorry, Wrong Number

by Lucille Fletcher, directed by Monica Mehta Chitkara
A bedridden woman overhears something she should not have.
language: English
cast: Ranjita Chakravarty, Tannistha Mukherjee, Swagato Basumallick, Ashish Chakrabortty, Sharvari Dixit, Sudipta Chatterjee
duration: 30 minutes

8 pm, Saturday, June 13 and 8-9 pm, July 20

Overtones

by Alice Gerstenberg, directed by Sujit Saraf
A woman meets the wife of her ex-lover, but their inner selves have come along too.
language: English
cast: Savitha Samu, Devika Ashok, Anitha Dixit, Pratiksha Rao-Vaidya
duration: 30 minutes