Naatak presents its 36th production

Life condensed into 8 hours

आठ घंटे

An innovative satire in Hindi by Sujit Saraf
San Jose and San Francisco, CA
June 10-12 & 17-19 & 25-26, 2011

Directed by Harish Sunderam Agastya

Produced by Siva Kollipara

About the Play

Two typists in Connaught Place, Delhi, grow old together while typing addresses on postcards. Faced with the most mundane and meaningless job in the world, they type away with gusto for thirty years, along the way trying their hand at poetry, re-enacting the Mahabharat, staging a play of their own and pontificating on political matters. The play describes an eight-hour working day in their lives which magically coincides with the passage of thirty years.

Inspired by Murray Schisgal’s THE TYPISTS, 8 GHANTE was written by Naatak co-founder Sujit Saraf and was first performed in 1997 – by Naatak. Since then, this witty, fast-paced satire has been successfully staged all over the US, at the National School of Drama in Delhi and in almost every major city in northern India.

Language: Hindi (with English supertitles)
Run-time: 120 minutes
Children under 10 will not be admitted | Flash photography not allowed.


San Jose shows
FRI Jun 10, 8 pm
SAT Jun 11, 8 pm
SUN Jun 12, 5 pm
FRI Jun 17, 8 pm
SAT Jun 18, 8 pm
SUN Jun 19, 5 pm

San Francisco shows
SAT Jun 25, 2 pm & 5 pm
SUN Jun 26, 5 pm


General: $20 ($16 for 5 or more tickets)
Front Orchestra*: $30 ($25 for 5 or more tickets)

Part of the proceeds benefit Vibha Bay Area
*Front Orchestra guarantees preferential seating


Theater @ San Pedro Square
29 N San Pedro St
San Jose, CA

EXIT Theater
156 Eddy St
San Francisco, CA