It will be Chennai Special at 7.30 p.m on Sunday. Four plays created and crafted by various city-based groups — The Purification Hunt by Theatre Nisha, Ganga at Rishikesh by Stray Factory, The Flatulist by Boardwalkers and A Temporary Matter by The Madras Players — will be presented as part of The Hindu MetroPlus Theatre Fest.
The Purification Hunt is inspired by Sudeep Chakravarti’s Red Sun: Travels in Naxalite Country. The story plunges into Chattisgarh, exploring the Salwa Judum movement launched to counter Naxalism. And goes on to demonstrate how, ultimately, it is always the ordinary people who get caught in the crossfire.
Ganga at Rishikesh comprises three stories enacted in 25 minutes. The play simultaneously explores three stories that are as hypnotic as they are disparate. They’re set in Rishikesh where diverse people meet and influence one another’s lives. One thing holds them together — The Ganga.The Flatulist provides an unbiased look at the entertainment industry, employing comedy. The play is about the son of a once famous comedian, who confronts his father’s long-time agent and pleads for a chance to demonstrate his bizarre talent.
Some marriages die quietly. Shobha and Siddharth’s marriage is going that way. Neither of them seems to have the strength to revive it. Then the skeletons start tumbling out. A Temporary Matter is based on a story from Jhumpa Lahiri’s Pulitzer prize-winning work of fiction Interpreter of Maladies.
Tickets are priced at Rs. 500, Rs. 300 and Rs. 200. Student passes are available at Rs. 100. Tickets for all shows can be purchased at the venue (Sir Mutha Venkata Subba Rao Concert Hall, Harrington Road, Chetpet) from 10 a.m. until the start of the performance on Sunday.