Audition Call: Mela – A Festival of Witty Short Plays


Audition Call for Naatak’s 51st Production

A Festival of Witty Short Plays


મેળો · మేళా · मेळा · মেলা · மேளா · ਮੇਲਾ · मेला

(Each Play is in a Different Language, with Super-titles in English)

Dates: November 14-22, 2015
Venue: Cubberley Theater, Palo Alto, CA

About the Plays

Over 20 years, we have staged plays in Hindi, English, and Tamil. In November, we celebrate India’s heritage by staging a bouquet of short plays, each in a different Indian language.

The scripts are by playwrights all over the world. In addition to being witty and humorous, these scripts lend themselves well to translation and adaptation into Indian languages.

Each show will consist of a string of plays, and will have super-titles in English.

Play Language Director
SORRY, WRONG NUMBER, by Lucille Fletcher Tamil Savitha Samu
TEETH, by Tina Howe Telugu Bharadwaj Pudipeddi
1 APRIL, by Yogesh Soman Marathi Niranjan Page
THE PROPOSAL, by Anton Chekhov Gujarati Pratiksha Rao
BARIN BHOUMIKER BERAM, by Satyajit Ray Bengali Abhishek Das
THE PROBLEM, by A R Gurney Jr Punjabi Sareeka Malhotra
OUT AT SEA, by Slawomir Mrozek Haryanavi Surender Singh
TRIFLES, by Susan Glaspell Hindi Neha Goyal
HERE WE ARE, by Dorothy Parker English Kamala Subramaniam

Language: Several Indian Languages (with English supertitles)
Run-time: 120 minutes
Children under 12 will not be admitted


6 of the 9 plays are completely cast. But some roles still remain open in the remaining 4 plays. For most of these, we have shortlists but have not finalized the cast:

Telugu – 1 male (30-40 years), 1 female (30-40 years)
Tamil – 2 females (30-40 years), 1 male (30-40 years)
Hindi – 2 males (45+ years)

If you meet these profiles and speak these languages, please rsvp right away to If you have friends who may be suitable, please forward this information to them!

What Are We Looking For?

Fluency in the language of the play, clear diction, acting ability and stage presence.


1. RSVP to Mention previous theater experience if any.
2. Include your gender, age, spoken languages, and what plays you would like to audition for in your reply.
3. You will receive a confirmation email with a time slot and date that corresponds to the language group your chosen play is in. If you are auditioning for multiple plays, you will need to audition for each play separately.
4. Come to the audition prepared with a 2-min monologue in the language of the play you are auditioning for. Shortlisted candidates will be given passages from the play to enact in a second round of auditions immediately afterwards.

Rehearsal Schedule

From the audition date through mid November, 3 times a week at a location in the South Bay.

Join our Production Team

Please contact to join our production team.


SAT Nov 14, 6 pm
SUN Nov 15, 4 pm
FRI Nov 20, 8 pm
SAT Nov 21, 6 pm
SUN Nov 22, 4 pm

Individual Tickets

General:    $17 ($22 after Oct 25)
VIP:   $27 ($32 after Oct 25)

Group Tickets (for 4+ tickets)

General Group: $15 ($20 after Oct 25)
VIP Group: $25 ($30 after Oct 25)
**Deep discounts available for 10 or more tickets. Please call 408.499.5692 or email


Cubberly Theater,
4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303


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